I have particular expertise in the Magento, WordPress and Drupal platforms, and am an established MediaWiki consultant. I am also an experienced web design consultant and have helped clients including the Scottish Government, the NHS, City & Guilds, and Edinburgh University.
I am a Member of the British Computing Society (MBCS), subscribing to their code of ethics. I am a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), as I have a deep interest in contributing towards a better, fairer society for all. I am also a patron of Durham Cathedral.
I am also a non-executive director of Durham Business Group, a non-profit organisation which provides services to help sustain and grow small businesses in County Durham and the North East of England.
|“Top contributor” in Magento UK community||June 2017||I was noted as a top contributor for the UK Magento community at Magento Live UK in London.|
|First public LEGO model exhibition||18th June 2017||My first public LEGO model exhibition (see my LEGO alter ego, Bricks McGee), Little Landmarks – 10 South Shields landmarks – launches at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. (Runs until September 2017)|
|Technical reviewer on Magento 1 and Magento 2 books||2016||Technically reviewed Magento 1 DIY and Magento 2 DIY books for Apress.|
|Became a non-executive director of Durham Business Group (NE) Ltd||2016||I become a non-executive director of Durham Business Group, a non-profit organisation founded 35 years ago to help small businesses in the region. I advise on their technical and digital strategy, as well as ongoing business operation.|
|Frontend North East user group||March 2015||Helped to organise the first Frontend North East user group for other web designers and developers in the North East of England (fellow organisers Sam, Colin and Martin were able to put a lot more effort in than I was, so kudos to them!), and Peacock Carter sponsor the beers, too. We’re nice like that. Brilliant attendance of 50 people for the first event, and regular attendances of 80 – 100 people a month and some truly world class speakers, too.|
|Visiting lecturer||February 2015||Was invited to act as a visiting lecturer for Fashion Communication students at Northumbria University.|
|Book #7 released||August 2014||Learning Magento Theme Development is released by Packt Publishing.|
|Web design curriculum editor||May 2014 – ongoing||I’m working with City & Guilds to build a web and graphic design assessment process for students in the Middle East.|
|Book #6 released||December 2013||Magento Responsive Theme Development is released by Packt Publishing.|
|Book #5 released||July 2013||Drupal Commerce Cookbook is released by Packt Publishing.|
|“Introduction to Drupal Commerce” at Drupal North East.||May 2013||A brief talk at my local Drupal user group on Drupal Commerce; notes by @vickytnz are available on her blog|
|“E-mail Etiquette When Applying For Design Jobs” article||April 2013||Article for Student Guide To Web Design.|
|“10 simple but effective newsletter designs” for CreativeBloq, an offshoot of .net magazine.||December 2012||An article discussing some contemporary email newsletter designs with simple aesthetics.|
|Article in Student Guide to Web Design||August 2012||An help article published on an up-and-coming website aimed at students of web design.|
|Article in .net magazine||August 2012||An opinion piece on the benefits of Inkscape featured in .net magazine, the world’s most popular magazine for web designers.|
|Speaking: Upgrading Drupal 6 to Drupal 7||July 2012||A brief talk on the upgrade process from Drupal 6 to 7 at Drupal North East|
|Speaking: DesignInterest||March 2012||My talk was titled ‘Designing a different type of website’, a discussion of my approach to a wiki customisation for a client of Richard Carter Consultancy Ltd.|
|Peacock Carter Ltd||Q1 2012||I became sole shareholder in Peacock Carter Ltd.|
|Peacock Carter’s 5th birthday||1 November 2011||Peacock Carter’s 5th birthday; there was much cake and rejoicing.|
|Speaking: Front Row Conference||20/21 October 2011||I spoke at the Front Row Conference in Krakow.|
|Speaking: SuperMondays||28 July 2011||I presented to an audience of around 100 on the theme of ‘design/CMS integration‘.|
|Book #4 released||January 2011||‘Magento 1.4 Themes Design‘ was released.|
|Book #3 released||July 2010||‘Joomla! 1.5 Templates Cookbook‘ was released.|
|Book #2 released||July 2009||‘Magento 1.3 Themes Design‘ was released.|
|Book #1 released||August 2008||My first book, ‘MediaWiki Skins Design‘, was released.|
|Peacock Carter formed||1 November 2006||Peacock Carter was formed.|
I have 13 years commercial experience and counting in website design and frontend development, the majority of which is with my time at Peacock Carter. I previously worked as a freelance web designer in Leicester under the name of ‘Evocative Design’.
I’ve worked with clients large and small with Peacock Carter, with highlights including projects with Directgov, NHS Choices and BusinessLink.gov.uk, University College Dublin and Badminton England.
- MediaWiki Skins Design
- Magento 1.3 Themes Design
- Joomla! 1.5 Template Design Cookbook
- Drupal Commerce Cookbook
- Magento 1.4 Themes Design
- Magento Responsive Theme Development
- Learning Magento Theme Development
I graduated from the Department of Computer Science (now the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences) at the University of Durham with an honours degree in Software Engineering. My dissertation was entitled ‘An empirical study of stop-list program slicing‘, and my supervisor was Dr Keith Gallagher.
I also speak at web design conferences.
I’m active in a few other interests too, including as a business mentor for students at Northumbria University.