Drupal and me
I'm a freelance web developer, designer and consultant who specialises in rich, compelling Drupal websites. For those unfamiliar with Drupal, it's is a very powerful open source content management platform that allows literally any kind of site to be built with a level of polish and power that is unmatched. I've been building Drupal websites for 5 years now and have successfully delivered a wide range of projects of all sizes, some needing extensive bespoke code written, some simpler affairs - and many in between.
A little background
Earlier in life I studied Media Computing at Exeter University, but have been a demi-geek since my first rubber-keyed ZX Spectrum 48K back in 1982, on which I programmed many BASIC games and programs. When I left university I worked at MBA Systems for 2 years where I helped build many financial websites that facilitated real-time asset management and share dealing. Then I moved to a recruitment agency, Matchtech Group plc, where I initially completely rewrote their website (an older version) to be connected to their bespoke recruitment systems. Later I led a team of 6 developers in rewriting the company's core recruitment systems that ran the £100 million turnover company and managed hundreds of thousands of companies, candidates and job vacancies.
I quit in late 2006 after the successful launch of the project to have a break, try my hand at some new things and get out the rat race. After my time in the office 9-5, I wanted something else. So I lived on a farm for 3 months, worked with da21 (Dorset Agenda 21), did a straw bale building course and generally tried be as far from an office as I could. Then, after a lovely break, which I refer to as my 'mini retirement', I decided to do what I was good at but by my rules and with the people I wanted to work with. So I went freelance and the rest, as the cliché says, is history.