About me

Rachel

Work

I am Managing Director and founder of web development company edgeofmyseat.com. We were a consultancy but have shifted focus to products, currently working exclusively on our CMS product Perch.

My professional skills range from front and back-end development to operations. My day can include planning a new marketing campaign, fixing a CSS issue on a site, writing a Puppet manifest and writing a Perch app in PHP.

Speaking

Over the last few years I have spoken at a number of conferences on subjects ranging from responsible use of CSS, to providing technical support, to launching a product business.

You can find information about talks that I have given on this site – along with resources, video and slides where available.

If you would like me to speak at your event please get in touch via email. For non-profit or community events I do not usually charge a speaking fee but ask that you cover my travel from Bristol, UK and accommodation if needed.

Writing

Since 2002 I have authored or co-authored a number of books and countless articles for on and offline publications. I love writing about the things I am interested in, and sharing what I learn.

Personal life

In my personal life I am mum to “the Small Person”, who is now a teenager and wife to Drew McLellan – the other half of edgeofmyseat.com.

When I am not writing code, writing about writing code or acting as a taxi service to teenagers I can often be found down the gym, out running or at a dance class. I run half marathons and enjoy combining fitness with geekery by using a variety of GPS and data recording devices to track my progress. I have a fitness and running blog if you are interested in that sort of thing.

My interests include family history and religious studies. The former has led me to discover that I am descended from Irish Travellers and the latter gained me a First Class degree in Humanities with Religious Studies from the Open University. I am fascinated by religious belief, and one day would like to take those studies further.

I’m an ex-dancer and singer, ex-West End Theatre Technician and a pretty decent stage manager. I take photographs; can dress-make, cook, read Latin and lift heavy stuff, although not all at once.

About this site

This site has a long history as my personal blog. You can find posts going back to 2001 if you keep trawling the archives. This redesign aims to bring together the various material I have produced that is spread around the web.

The site is managed by my own product Perch and the design and front-end development is by the wonderful Laura Kalbag.