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About Me

My sister, Tina, passed away on 3 February 2016, at the age of 33, thereby joining joins my mother, Alison, who went to heaven in 1998 aged 38.  Both had a heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which runs in the family.

Hobbies and Talents

I spend a lot of time on the computer.  The things I use it for include playing games, programming, word processing, graphics, e-mail communication and writing web pages like the one you are reading now.

I’ve been good at maths for a while, as you’ll see from the next section.  As well as having studied the subject at every academic level, I sometimes do mathematical experiments in my spare time.

I have a few little talents to impress my friends with.  Like telling them what day of the week they were born on.  I learned to solve solve Rubik’s Cube at the age of 11, and have a collection of twisty puzzles most of which I can solve but a few of which I'm still trying to figure out.

I can play the piano.  I studied up to grade 4 at school, but for years after that I missed out on the chance to develop further.  Eventually I was accepted on my university’s music tuition scheme, so I managed to get back into it for a while.  Now I’m no longer being taught, but at least my musical talent isn’t going to waste, as I’ve become a keyboardist for the music group at the church I attend in Loughborough.

I am a Ceroc dancer.  This is good fun and is something that keeps me active both physically and socially.


From 1991 up until 1996, I was at More House School, near Farnham.  I didn’t get on well there, and for some obscure reason they didn’t let me do many GCSEs.  But I did get to do my GCSE maths at the early age of 13, before doing it at A-level when I turned 16.

Then for the next three years came Hereward College of Further Education, Coventry.  I studied for an Advanced GNVQ in Information Technology, alongside which I did GCSE English and City & Guilds Photography.  And developed a few independent living skills.

I then took on BSc Mathematics and Computing at Loughborough University.  In my course I learned quite a lot of new things, and indeed a fair number of old things, if that makes sense.  In the end I graduated with first class honours, and am very pleased with this.

I then stayed on at Loughborough to do a PhD in Mathematical Sciences, researching Atomistic Modelling of Diffusion, which I finished in 2006.

Since then, I’ve been employed in software development on and off.  The first time, it was for e-commerce company Sapio Solutions, at the time based in Long Eaton.  The second job was with the Derby-based software house Dataknight.  Then came Inspired Gaming in Birmingham.  Now I work in Nottingham for Calyx (which has recently broken away from Parexel), which specialises in software for managing clinical trials.

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