Community Enabler, WordPress maker, and Digital Consultant in Turriff, United Kingdom
I create, host & manage WordPress websites for small businesses, communities and individuals.
I am passionate about community engagement and and digital enablement to help people use technology for social good.
In my spare time I volunteer with the RNLI as a Lifeboat Press Officer and Community Safety Officer working with the dedicated team at Macduff Lifeboat Station. I am also a member and Chairman of Turriff & District Community Council.
Between 2009 & 2014 I worked with Talk About Local in some of the most deprived areas of the UK, training people how to set up simple free to own & use websites to help them get that all important voice on-line.
Some of these websites have helped
- Create better transparency in local politics
- Promote community events
- Improve the local area
- Change perceptions of areas
- Deal with issues such as anti-social behavior
I run the My Turriff community website in my hometown and I am working on the Hyperlocal Scotland project, which will map the extent of the hyperlocal web in Scotland making recommendations for strengthening it and providing consultancy & training where required.
I speak regularly at conferences on subjects such as
- Citizen journalism
- Holding power to account
- The future of news
- Social media for social good
You can hire me to work on community engagement, digital enablement projects or to create a WordPress website for your business, group or cause.
Away from work and my on-line life, I enjoy photography, walking with my two Beagles, Jake & Elwood, good food & good beer and being originally from Manchester, I am a dyed in the wool Manchester City fan.