I’m an IT specialist by day and musician, husband, father and charity trustee (not necessarily in that order) by night / weekend.
Until July 2014, what that really meant is I spent my days managing European IT for a large US manufacturer, dealing with software development, infrastructure, telecoms and anything else anyone saw fit to throw in my direction. Specialities included Java SE, PHP, web sites, multivalue databases (U2, D3, mvBase etc), mySQL, Windows, Linux and OSX as well as VMWare, Netapp, Cisco networking and routing, telephony, CCTV… I designed and wrote ERP systems from scratch as well.
Now, I’m Head of IT for a small company that sits at the centre of a large national network of legal practices. I still “do” infrastructure, IT management, software development etc, but on a different scale. We do cloud hosting for some services, in-house for some. I also get to work with lots of different organisations for software development, some onshore, some offshore and get involved in the whole world of digital marketing. I’m learning loads of new skills and applying my years of Corporate IT in a different environment, working with marketing and design specialists. What’s more, it’s bloody good fun!
I’ve recently started dabbling in a bit of Android development. My first app – a metronome – is nearing completion. It’s basic, doing pretty much what it says on the tin, but it is a native Android app and I will (hopefully) get it listed on the Google Play store. I have thoughts for other music-related apps going forward as well.
Out of working hours, I’m married to sock knitter extraordinaire Wool4brains and have a fantastic euphonium player BrassedoffDan for a son. I also conduct one brass band – Woodhouse Prize Band and play for another: Chapeltown. All three family blogs are hosted on the soggy end of a broadband fibre connection somewhere south of Sheffield.
I’m quite a versatile musician; I have played or currently play cornet, piano, violin and recorder and have passed either Trinity or ABRSM exams in all of them. Recent highlights include ABRSM Grade 6 distinction piano and Trinity Grade 6 distinction Bb cornet. I’m currently working on Grade7 piano with help from my excellent piano teacher.
I’m also a Trustee of Chesterfield Canal Trust, campaigning for the restoration of said canal, and deal with all the charity’s web presence, social networking and other IT issues as well as managing one of the fleet of three passenger trip boats. I also run the Trust’s Royal Yachting Association Inland Waterways Training Centre. All the work I do for the Trust is voluntary; I strongly believe that you get out of a community what you’re prepared to put in to it, and I try to put as much as I can in.
All in all, it’s a pretty busy life.
You’ll find me on twitter (@brassedoff) but my tweets are protected (I reserve the right to rant in private). Put a follow request in if you’re that desperate.