About Me

Hi I’m Mark and I’m a web developer that focuses on WordPress and PHP devleopment

I’m hard-working and have been around a bit so I know a thing or two about all aspects of delivering web solutions. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great organisations and with some amazing people over the past two decades (can’t believe how quickly that milestone arrived).

I have an extensive and diverse technical skillset. In essence, though, I’ve worked with PHP and WordPress for a decade now and tend to specialise in customisation and optimisation of WordPress installs. If you’d like to get a flavour for what I can do please check out my skillset and CV.

I’ve worked with all sizes of website, from SME/lifestyle business brochure sites through to fully international, transactional high availability offerings. I also have a good amount of experience working within Government teams.

I’ve held managerial/owner positions for most of the last decade, so know about being self-motivated and taking responsibility. I’d like to think I’m a self-starter, whatever that really means, and have always been keen to enable others to progress. One of my key personal drivers at my last permanent role was to move everyone’s skill sets on a notch or three. It’s why I got involved with organising LeedsJS (formerly NodeUpNorth) helping to grow the group to over 100 members.

I recently spent a couple of years working with multi-national recruiter, Aquent, as part of their technical interviewer team. This entailed speaking to candidates across the globe assessing their front end and WordPress skills, then producing reports for Aquent’s talent agents.

Away from the day job

I’m a Formula 1 fan and a reader of sci-fi and modern crime fiction. Love live music and getting away from it all in the wilderness of Wester Ross in the Highlands of Scotland. I’m also a part-time photographer covering a range of styles from headshots, commercial (stock, PR, and editorial), creative fashion and fine art through to landscapes.

Current Availability

I’m currently engaged, full time, with Smart Insights as their lead developer. I am still taking on select projects, primarily these are new hosting clients and smaller projects or maintenance work.

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