As you can see I am a family man first and foremost. I moved up to the Northeast and I live by the sea in a little village just to the north of Whitley Bay. I feel very fortunate to have two vibrant kids Owen (8), Ruby (6) and a beautiful wife Nicola.
I remember enjoying Graphic Product Design at school and getting a Grade A at GCSE. Back then I wanted to be a Graphic Designer. My dad had other ideas and I went to University and studied to become a Charted Surveyor (Yawn).
It was not that long after graduating I soon begun to realise that Property Valuation and Landlord & Tennant Law really was not my thing. I stumbled into sales by mistake, like most do, the lure of uncapped commission in return for working 25 hours a day! I enjoyed my time selling and driving around the country staying in a variety of homogeneously branded travel lodge Inns. I even spent a couple of years as a Book Rep for a publishing company in the States; which is where I met my beautiful wife.
I started to turn my attention toward web design and the possibility of a career change. I did not want to move away from sales entirely so I decided to undertake and pass an e-marketing qualification with the Charted Institute of Marketing. This kindled my love of web design and I toyed with working for one of the big creative agencies in London. Then my plans changed yet again as we explored the possibility of moving away from hectic London lifestyle to be near Nicola's family in the Northeast.
Nicola decided to go back to work full time while I have juggled looking after the kids and getting qualified as a web designer; and that is history as they say.
So to the future. Well, as I sit here and type this my thoughts turn to my usual predicament: Can I really make it as a Freelance Web Designer and strike out on my own, getting paid to do what I love?
So far the answer is "Yes" I can. So if you need any digital paint spatted about the place then I'm ya man.