Web Software Developer
Self-employed, October 2003 to present
web-based software and web sites for local businesses and non-profit-making
groups, coding in C# / ASP.net,
Related services include copy-writing, production of graphics and
logos, Flash slide shows, photography, search-engine
optimization and integration with online payment services.
I also compile operating manuals and training guides for web-site administrators.
Software Consultant (Contractor)
PMRE, February 2002 to August 2003
Developed secure control protocols for
intrinsically hazardous environments in material-processing
Implemented statistical process control (SPC)
techniques to monitor product quality.
Produced related technical manuals and other documentation.
Programmer/Consultant in PC-Based Data Acquisition & Control
Self-employed, September 1991 to October 2003
PC-based test and measurement software for use in manufacturing
and quality control, primarily for the aircraft and automobile
I also authored technical manuals and user guides to
accompany each system.
RDP Electronics Ltd, April 1988 to
I designed and produced firmware and PC-based support software
for the company's networked data-acquisition modules. My
dedicated LVDT linearisation software helped the company to offer
extremely high-precision automated measurement solutions.
Designed bespoke data-acquisition and control applications
software, with responsibility for drafting and approving
Compiled manuals and user guides for bespoke systems as well
as for off-the-shelf system components.
University of Birmingham, September 1987 to April 1988
Advised members of the University's Applied Nuclear Science group on aspects of their research activities (e.g.
fast-neutron spectral analysis, dosimetry, radon-gas
monitoring and radiation damage studies of crystalline media), and assisted in
composing manuscripts and proof reading prior to publication
of reviewed papers.
Designed and produced PC-based
instrumentation for automated TL
spectrometry as well as dedicated control and data-analysis
Software Development Experience
I have designed numerical models to facilitate prediction of fission-track closure
temperatures which are used in oil exploration
and other fields of geological research.
Developed FORTRAN models of the
interaction of high-energy neutrons with various polymers; and
used these to design a novel energy-independent personal
dosimeter for workers exposed to fast-neutrons.
Designed spectrometry hardware together with BASIC control and analysis software for
Produced firmware (in 8031 assembler and
8051 BASIC) and many OPL, Pascal, C, C++ and spreadsheet macro
applications for a variety of specialised data-logging
equipment used in the aircraft and automobile industries as
well as in civil engineering projects.
Over the last decade, I have gained
considerable experience of C# coding in the Microsoft .Net
Framework, particularly for web-based e-commerce and booking
I have a good working knowledge of common web-coding technologies, such as HTML, CSS and
Technical Writing Experience
I have undertaken numerous technical-writing projects,
ranging from peer-reviewed academic publications to
unpublished technical manuals, application notes, user guides
and training notes.
A full-length book, PC
Interfacing and Data Acquisition, (484 pages) received very
favourable reviews. Published in the UK in July 2000, and in
the USA during October 2000, the book offers practical
guidance on designing measurement and control systems for IT
professionals working in industry and academia.
Contributed several chapters to a major reference work of 2008,
Test and Measurement: Know It All,
by leading authors in the field.
Conducted pre-publication reviews, and supplied additional
material for, a number of books and academic papers by other
I have also authored advertising and technical copy for a
wide variety of web sites (a very different discipline to
writing academic articles and books).
In recent years, I have researched and authored a number of articles on local history.
Copies of publications, as well as samples of unpublished manuals
and user guides, are available upon request. See publications list.
Qualifications, Awards and Professional Memberships
Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers
Charles House, 36 Culmington Road, London, W13 9NH
Elected to the Fellowship in October 2000.
The IAP Fellowship, the Institution's most senior grade, is
"only available to outstanding professionals by specific
invitation of the Council".
Fremlin Prize for Original Research in Radiation Physics
University of Birmingham
Awarded the University's 1984 Fremlin Prize for research into radiographic imaging
techniques applied to conservation of decorative architectural
PhD Applied Nuclear Science
University of Birmingham, July 1987
My PhD thesis was
concerned with evaluating the thermal stability of heavy-ion
(cosmic-ray and fission) tracks in natural minerals. This
assists geologists and space scientists in interpreting the thermal history
of terrestrial, lunar and meteoritic rocks.
I also undertook
extra-curricular research into an innovative
technique for assessing the exposure of radiation workers to
Selected results of both areas of my research were published
in peer-reviewed papers in the journals Earth and Planetary
Science Letters, Nuclear Tracks and Radiation Measurements,
and Radiation Protection Dosimetry.
MSc Applied Radiation Physics
University of Birmingham, December 1984
Placed top of my year
in the final written examinations.
Project work carried out as part of this course, together
with extra-curricular research, formed the basis of an article
published in Studies in Conservation (the journal of The
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and
Artistic Works) in 1986.
BSc Physics with Astrophysics - First Class Honours
University of Birmingham, July 1983
A three-year degree course similar in structure to conventional
undergraduate Physics courses, but with the addition of extra modules (on
cosmology, solar physics and stellar physics etc.) and proportionately higher entry
Local history, particularly the pre-conquest landscape and settlement of the Stourbridge area. I have published papers on related topics in both academic journals and general-interest magazines, as well as numerous articles which are available online.
Recent research includes an analysis of the boundary perambulation of the 951x959 AD royal charter for Swinford, and a paper reappraising the Old English place-name element ofer. The latter was published in 2020 in the Journal of the English Place-Name Society after receiving very positive peer-reviews; comments included “This is an excellent study, meticulous, well researched, knowledgeable and widely referenced.”
I am a member of the Worcestershire Archaeological Society, The English Place-Name Society and The Black Country Society.
Since 2019, I have assisted the campaigns to protect the local Green Belt from development, designing artwork for leaflets, posters etc. and producing a variety of historical and archaeological reports to inform residents' responses to public consultations.
Furniture making, wood-craft and carpentry.
Property renovation, undertaking many
aspects of building work (e.g. brick/block-laying, floor laying, tiling, plumbing and electrical) as well as garden landscaping and
design and construction of bespoke outbuildings.
I maintain, on behalf of its owner, a web site for the
ex-pupils and staff of the (now closed) Longlands School,
Stourbridge. The site includes several hundred old photographs
and historical information as well as a purpose-designed forum
and contact directory to help old classmates keep in touch.
Watercolour painting and line drawing:
Close-up and landscape photography.
Full UK driving licence
Held since 1980.