I've been programming since I was about 12, fighting my way up through the ranks of the PHP community to being a core contributor, and on the PHP-FIG board.
Tech startups took me from Bristol to New York, managing APIs and building distributed systems for SoLoMo apps, carpooling companies, eventually settling at WeWork as an internal API consultant, identifying and resolving issues with distributed systems, solve architectural issues, and setting up API Governance programs.
I left the States and took my experience on the road, digital nomad on a bike around Europe for a few years. My main client was building and implementing OpenAPI tooling at Stoplight.io, helping them create some of the best API Design & Governance tooling around.
Since then I've mostly got out of tech, starting up a reforestation charity called Protect Earth back in the U.K. to be closer to the family whilst refusing to fly. That takes up most of my time and doesn't pay any money, so I keep active with APIs You Won't Hate, writing content and books trying to keep food on the table whilst also trying to save the world.
I love to teach, so if you'd like to learn about remote work, digital nomad life, API design and governance, or need any help with anything, check out my consulting page.
- Core team of CodeIgniter for a bit
- Founded PyroCMS, then sold it
- Used to be one half of the PHP Town Hall podcast
- Wrote a book: Build APIs You Won't Hate
- Wrote another book: Surviving Other People's APIs
- Core contributor to PHP The Right Way
- ... and we did a book on that too
- Upset Justin Bieber one time
- Bought an ancient woodland and learned to use a chainsaw & woodchipper to help restore it
- Cycled through 34 countries in two years working full time