About Me

In Brief

  • I am a senior accessibility consultant at The Paciello Group.
  • Until August 2013, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee.
  • My current interests lie predominately in the creation of usable and accessible Web sites (and other contemporary technologies) for diverse groups of users, in particular for disabled and older users.

Professional Qualifications

  • PhD (2008) and MSc (2003) in Applied Computing, University of Dundee.
  • BA (Hons) (1998) in Accounting, University of Abertay Dundee.

Professional Skills

Technical

  • Strong awareness of current Web accessibility guidelines and legislation.
  • Significant working knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Reasonable working knowledge of Ruby on Rails and PHP.
  • Basic working knowledge of Java, C++, jQuery, Drupal and JavaScript.

Transferable

  • Strong written and spoken communication skills.
  • Regularly engage in public speaking at academic conferences and other events both within the UK and overseas.
  • Experience in providing hands-on training in accessible web design and evaluation.
  • Experience in organising and carrying out user-centred design sessions with diverse groups of people, including disabled and older users.

Social Networking

Outside Interests

  • I play keyboards, and am a big fan of putting together my own silly remixes and mashups, although sadly not as often as I'd like these days. If you're interested in listening to examples, check out:
  • I'm also a bit of a foreign language buff, which is partly why I created Twasebook. I've been studying Danish over the past seven years or so, and I've also dabbled in German, Spanish, Scottish Gaelic and Mandarin Chinese. When I say "dabbled", I mean I have various Teach Yourself courses sitting on a bookshelf at home waiting to be studied!
  • During the summer months, I try to do a bit of walking and cycling.
  • I'm an extremely amateur photographer. Check out my efforts on Flickr, which also covers another interest - travel.