About me


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 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.

I am an Invited Expert to the CSS Working Group, a Google Developer Expert (GDE) and was a long-time Web Standards Project member until that organisation disbanded.


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. You can find out more about asking me to speak here.


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.

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. The homepage photo was taken by Jeffrey Zeldman at An Event Apart, San Francisco.