Introducing myself


I have just joined the EOWG and the W3C Team and would like to briefly introduce myself.

I am a new starter with W3C WAI team based in Europe working from Edinburgh, where I live. Initially, I will be focussing on the WAI-ACT project ( That is of course after I get my head around everything!

For the last, nearly 8 years, I have worked with small user experience agencies based in Edinburgh. A large part of my role involved helping clients improve the accessibility of web services they offered. This work ran the gamut from simple audits to long term engagements where clients were keen to improve both organisational understanding or accessibility and site implementation. This was predominantly with financial services clients but there were still a few interesting National Health Service projects and large sporting events sprinkled into the mix.

Prior to this I have worked since 1992 variously as an internet developer (where I first encountered accessibility and the joyous task of persuading people that it was a good idea), software engineer and chiropractor (for a very short while!). 

While helping companies towards a more accessible online offering is great, the most fascinating and rewarding part for me is talking with those that benefit the most from the work we all do. Understanding how poor accessibility creates real barriers and how small changes can make huge differences to peoples lives is always a great reminder of the continual importance of raising awareness.

On a personal level I have two children who both demand attention and that I finish their school projects for them when they have left it to the last minute despite nagging (not a sore point, honestly!). I have two cats who both demand attention but fortunately don't have to do any school projects. Lorraine, my wife, has to suffer all of us demanding.

I volunteer with a number of charities in Edinburgh running gaming groups for a local Asperger's and Autism charity, and participating in a sci-fi book group for another mental health charity. This is really an excuse for me to engage in entertaining activities and make it look altruistic ;)

I look forward to working with you all; learning and sharing along the way.



Received on Thursday, 5 June 2014 11:17:22 UTC