Geek, Agilist, and Linguist
I am a certified Scrum Master™ (though I see myself as more an Agile Coach) working in the Technology department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. The teams I work with are responsible for the society's web estate, from the publishing site for our journals to databases of chemical information, including the free-to-access ChemSpider. I have previously been Scrum Master at Redgate and hotels.com.
Beyond the Agile staples of encouraging build-measure-learn feedback cycles and a user-focus in our work, I am also highly involved in the Society's move from a traditional datacentre to cloud-based infrastructure, and I am an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.
Latest blog post: Measuring Technical Debt (17 January 2019)
I participate in contests at both HF and VHF, and I'm a Summits on the Air activator, with over 500 points. I've been on many DXpeditions, most recently as VP2MUW, FP/M0BLF and JW/M0BLF. At weekends in the summer, I can often be found using my communication skills at community events (such as triathlons) with Cambridgeshire Raynet.
Latest blog post: Friedrichshafen SOTAs: Kühgundkopf and Burgkranzegger Horn (25 June 2019)
I volunteer as an Outside Broadcast engineer at Cambridge 105 Radio, the community radio station serving Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire on FM, DAB and online. This includes planning, stage managing and rigging for events as diverse as live music gigs from festivals in a field, to Remembrance Sunday services, to an annual glitzy awards ceremony. I can also occassionally be heard behind the microphone in The Weekend Waffle, on Friday evenings from 10pm.
Latest blog post: Cambridge 105 Radio at Queen Emma & Queen Edith Primary Schools’ ‘Learning Saturday’ (3 February 2018)
I hold a MA in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish) from Girton College, Cambridge, an MPhil in Corpus Linguistics from Birmingham University, and a PhD in Hispanic Studies, also from Birmingham, where my thesis was on the language of Hugo Chávez.