About

About me

An experienced technologist and opinionated bastard with some of the usual techy interests and then some. Photography, politics, literature, coding, writing, wildlife, nature, family, friends, etc, etc…

Most recently (the last 8 years), my focus and time has been spent as the first CTO of the successful Peer-to-peer Funding Circle and then as the transformation CTO of findmypast. Prior to that, I have lots of experience as a consultant, developer, contractor and ‘management’ in a variety of roles dating back to the mid-80s. My first experience of technology management was back in 1988, where I was the green behind the ears IT director and co-founder of (the now defunct) OLTS from ‘88 until ‘95.

I acquired a strong liking for XP in late 1999 when I picked up a copy of “Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck, in Dillons on Gower Street. When I first mentioned it to some of my senior management colleagues I had to explain that it wasn’t climbing up the side of buildings with a laptop on my back. This book has influenced much of my thinking on software development (it’s all about the people) as well as the way I began to work. I believe that it remains a valuable book and I highly recommend it as a guide to help you down the right path… or just as a good read.

About neverintheoffice

I spent nearly 3 years in Silicon Valley, living under the Dotcom bubble as it burst, having sold my business and survey software to Intersurvey inc. And that’s where the name neverintheoffice appeared…

“Where’s Andy?”

“And where’s Dave?”

“I don’t know, but they’re never in the office!”

The neverintheoffice domain names (.net .org and .com) were acquired back in 2000 when myself and David Roe were working for Intersurvey in Menlo Park, CA. We worked hard, but chose a better working environment than the office on Willow Road, east of the 101.

Neverintheoffice - because sometimes it’s easier to work somewhere else, where interruptions and disturbance is at a minimum, and the garden of Andy’s house in Mountainview provided all of that.

Neverintheoffice - because some conversations are better had out of the office.

Neverintheoffice - because some views don’t represent the views of others.