What I do
I’m an entrepreneur, software developer, former academic, and sometimes film-maker, guitarist, photographer and art maker. I live in Sheffield – a city of cafes, pubs, trees, and parks nestled in the hills on the edge of the Peak District, UK.
I am the founder of a software startup called Papermill. We’re building tools that help people create and review documents.
I’m a graduate of the Cooper Project at the excellent Sheffield Tech Parks, a scheme to help aspiring entrepreneurs develop their ideas into businesses. Sheffield has a good tech and startup scene, and there are a lot of early stage startups being created here right now. Sheffield offers a high standard of living and beautiful surroundings – it’s a great place to start a business or as a base to work remotely from.
Before Papermill, I worked as a freelance software developer and tech consultant on short-term projects of all kinds, but especially prototypes for startups, SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, and art installations. I’m passionate about startups and have advised and worked with many companies over the years.
In a previous life, I was a researcher working in academia, mostly in Computer Science but also for a time in Physics. Most recently I worked in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield on IoT and Machine Learning with Professor John A. Clark, and on Quantum Computing within the Department of Physics & Astronomy with Earl Campbell, Yingkai Ouyang, and Joschka Roffe.
I’ve worked as a nerd in industry in the distant past. For example, I’ve worked in research at BT and with New Space companies on satellite tech.
Over the last decade I’ve done a lot of film-making, inexplicably becoming typecast as an Assistant Director, although I’ve done a fair bit of writing, sound, and even some acting (under duress). Before that I studied dark room photography, although I now use a DSLR.
I’ve also been involved in making art installations with a few artists, most notably on The Democracy Machine – which has gone through two incarnations, one of which emigrated to a gallery in Germany in 2018. I’m very interested in how tech can transform art and how art can transform tech.
When not working I try to consuming as many books, films, art exhibitions and hikes as possible, whilst also keeping up my membership of Sheffield’s stellar pub scene and consistently failing to improve at guitar.