About Alan

I ori­gin­ally come from near Glas­gow, Scot­land — where I dis­covered early on that my first choice of a degree in Micro­bi­o­logy focussed a little too much on yeast when I was more inter­ested in its main by-pro­duct.

Since then, life can be best described as a series of intern­al con­ver­sa­tions along the lines of “where do I go now?.” These have led me into journ­al­ism (way back then, for Gay Scot­land, for Gay Times, HIM Magazine, the Pink Paper; and for IT Expert Magazine).

After that I fell into IT (in 1994, to CIX — the UK’s first and fore­most user-ori­ent­ated online for­um pro­vider and one of the UK’s earli­est ISPs, then in 1996 to Unisys, where I learned how to do big pro­jects right. After­ward I set out on my own for a while, work­ing on pro­jects for small to medi­um-sized com­pan­ies). I’ve since remained in IT: work­ing for a food retail com­pany  work­ing on tech­no­logy refreshes and upgrades in their trad­ing estate with a large slice of IT secur­ity and reg­u­lat­ory com­pli­ance.

I live in Manchester, England, though love that it’s only 2h 10m on the train to Lon­don. I still spend too much of my time in front of the key­board, but do take breaks for the vari­ous arts events, queer and oth­er­wise. I stud­ied with the  The Open Uni­ver­sity and gained a BA in Tech­no­logy and Law, and I might study with them again. Apart from all of that, I  spend time with my hus­band Dav­id Bam­ford, friends, and for ride my motor­bike when the weather is good.