50+ years of overlapping careers:
Programming, IT Management and Software Publishing
Writing and Editing
Media, Interpersonal and Leadership Skills Training
After a traditional IT progression from programmer to IT manager (1966-1975), I was taught to teach and became a management skills trainer for ICL (absorbed by Fujitsu in the 1990s). After a couple of years, I returned to the field as a project manager, still with ICL. Soon after my third project went live in 1979, I helped relaunch a struggling Personal Computer World magazine, quickly becoming editor.
In 1981, while continuing with writing and editorial consultancy roles, I co-founded Caxton Software - best known for publishing the Cardbox database, the Touch 'n' Go typing tutor, and the BrainStorm 'ideas processor' (which I designed and programmed using Intel's 8080 assembly language). Mike Liardet and Marck Pearlstone transformed it into successive marketable products. I and many people I know, still use it. Daily, in many cases.
In 1988, Martin Banks and I started Press Here Media Skills Training, which nicely complemented my writing, editing and software activities. We ran our last course together in 2014 and I continued solo or in partnership with a VP of a global PR and Marketing agency, Alison O'Leary. She's now moved on to provding professional life coaching. In 2018, I stepped back from journalism to concentrate wholly on corporate writing and editing.
My clients today are primarily tech companies that use me to create material they can put out in their own name - thought leadership pieces, mini-books, white papers, brochures and web content.
Here are some logos from my history:
I've media-trained well over 3000 delegates (client list), written for over 40 publications and have edited a number of magazines. I was a finalist in the Times/HP Columnist of the year six years running and was declared winner in each of the last three years. I was then banned from entering again and was elevated to the judging panel.
These days, my technical abilities are mainly applied to creating and maintaining websites, very much at the 'hobby' level. I either hand-craft them with HTML/CSS (this one) or use WordPress (as a volunteer for two charitable organisations and for my embryonic interpersonal skills training venture ESTIME).