I’m an IT specialist by day and musician, husband, father and charity trustee (not necessarily in that order) by night / weekend. I’m also a qualified Arts Award Assessor at Bronze and Silver levels.
Until July 2014, 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.
I then spent six happy months as Head of IT for a small company ay the centre of a large network of legal practices. Following acquisition and merger activity by the owning venture capital organisation I found myself being made redundant. I wasn’t unhappy… I’d seen the writing on the wall, was ready for the news so it wasn’t really a shock. I learned a lot in a short space of time and have many fond memories.
I wasn’t out of work for long either. I was approached by an agency about a job at a large metals recycling company. It seemed too good to be true. It was pretty much everything I would have looked for in a new job so I jumped at the chance.
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.
Music forms a large part of my life as you may gather from the paragraph above. As well as my brass band activities, I play the piano (currently working on Grade 8) and Bb cornet. I’ve also done a bit of arranging and composing – I wish I had more time to do that. I do some recording too. I engineered and mixed Woodhouse’s recent CD and will be doing the same for the new Chapeltown Christmas disc. I’m also an independent Arts Award Assessor.
I have been lucky enough to have been asked to act as official photographer for a number of brass band related events in and around Bolsover including covering the Bolsover Festival Of Brass contests in 2013 and 2014 and a Black Dyke band workshop in 2015. I also did the conference photography for the QualitySolicitors annual conference in 2014.
I’m 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 run the Trust’s Royal Yachting Association Inland Waterways Training Centre and am a qualified Inland Waterways Instructor. 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 it’s mostly drivel :-)