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.
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.