I was born on 4th August 1971, growing up in Stoke-on-Trent and
attending Eaton Park Primary, Eaton Park Middle and Berryhill
I went on to Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College to study Physics,
Computer Science and Chemistry at 'A' Level. My interest in Physics
took me to Staffordshire University where I recieved a BSc(Hons)
Physics and Chemistry.
Whilst there I was part of a band, David S,
that played in the area - most notably JBs in Dudley, where we
were approached by a student to be recorded as part of his degree
project. We spent several days in a studio in Sandwell having
our music recorded using high quality studio equipment.
I began to record my own music around this time,
using a four-track tape recorder, which allows the user to record
each track separately. A friend and I recorded about an hour's
worth of songs, mostly original compositions.
After University, the band split (as they always
do) and I began working at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College as
a Physics Technician. Whilst there I trained to be a secondary
school teacher, at the same time starting to work as a Teacher
of IT on the College's Evening Programme, teaching CLAIT I (Computer
Literacy and IT Level 1), IBT II (Integrated Business Technology
Level 2) and Desktop Publishing Level 2.
During this time the Internet was beginning to
take off, and I created my first web site in February 1997. This
site still survives today, albeit souped up a bit, at subpoenaed.org.
MP3s of the music mentioned above can be downloaded here.
I have worked on both NT IIS and UNIX Apache
webservers; the former is where the bulk of my experience lies.
Having decided that I didn't want to follow a
career in teaching, I decided to move into the field of IT. At
the Sixth Form College I was responsible for the highly-regarded
Earth Sciences site on the College intranet, and undertook training
The Web industry was becoming a secure field in which to work,
so I persued jobs in this area. I was offered and accepted the
post of Webmaster at Mid-Staffordshire General Hospitals Trust
and commenced work there in September 2000.