About me

I was born in Newcastle, but spent my formative years in Hertfordshire because my parents, like many other Tynesiders, moved south for job reasons. However, in 1988 my father relocated his business to Consett and moved to Stocksfield. By then I was away in Liverpool studying for my degree, but Stocksfield became my home base.

After graduating I was offered a job in Liverpool where I stayed until 2001 when I  secured my current position at Northumbria University where I am now Reader in Computer Science. I have a first class degree in Computer Studies (CNAA) and a PhD in Computer Science/Software Engineering (Loughborough). I am a UK chartered engineer and am very interested in exploring the interface between technology and the humanities.

I live in Stocksfield with wife Gina and our three children. Our youngest goes to Broomley First School, our middle child is at Prudhoe High and our eldest is away at university.

I am also the author of How to Think Like a Programmer, a book that teaches the basics of computer programming without the traditional focus on specific programming languages.

I am a member of Broomley and Stocksfield Parish Council and am also an iNorthumberland Digital Champion for Stocksfield