Biography

I grew up in Scotland, living in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.  While I love the scene I spend as much time as possible chasing the sun and appreciating my half-Italian heritage in Tuscany.

My early tech interest began with BBC and Sinclair computers.  I developed these interests later in various integration & infrastructure roles before becoming involved in tech recruitment and management.  Then I move into academia; lecturing and researching in technology, whilst getting involved in the recruitment, marketing, alumni and governance operations of University.  Now I work in developing new technology in the company of people with a shared ambition and passion.

I’ve always loved science & technology, my first degree is in mathematics. Once I decided on my career direction I took an engineering masters in information systems.  After that the tech bond was complete and I continued with a part-time doctorate while I worked in industry and academia.

Research has been challenging and fun, I’ve been lucky enough to work with brilliant people in data technology, artificial intelligence, hypersonics for space technology and fusion.  I enjoy problem solving; visualising the big picture where we can see the whole system and focusing on the cogs and wheels of math and physics to hammer out the engineering hardware or the digital coding.  Creating something new to the world is forging the metal of knowledge from the furnace of imagination.

Everyone has to get out of the lab sometime and I have enjoyed activities that work both body and mind.  I took up fencing at university and was lucky enough to end up representing my country, receiving colours and being included in the first global Olympic Torch relay.  When the climate permits I go climbing or running and when it does not I throw snowballs.

Accolades

Ph.D., Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, The Robert Gordon University
Torchbearer, First Global Olympic Torch Relay - London - 2004
MSc (distinction) Information Systems
National Squad Scottish Fencing
Technical Co-founder of Aegora.com
Full Blue, The Robert Gordon University - 2001

Experience

Co-founder & CTO

Aegora.com

June 2012 – Present, Global

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Course Leader

The Robert Gordon University

August 2009 – May 2011 (1 year 10 months)

Course Leader BSc Internet & Multimedia
Coordinator Honours Year
Coordinator Carnegie Summer Scholarships
Coordinator Study China
Academic Rep. Alumni Liaison
Academic Rep. School Recruitment Group Internal Events
Academic Rep. Computer Services Committee
Convener University Fair Trade Status & Procurement Group 


Lecturer and Researcher

The Robert Gordon University

August 2001 – August 2009 (8 years 1 month)

Subjects lectured; computer systems, databases, internet technologies, project management & artificial intelligence.

Director of Studies Degree year Internet & Multimedia
Convener School Marketing Group
Convener School Recruitment Group Internal Events
Academic Rep. Computer Services Committee

School Rep. Faculty Recruitment & Marketing Group
School Rep. Faculty Marketing Forum

University Rep. Academic Council
Academic Council Rep. Academic Development Committee
Academic Council Rep. Environmental Sustainability Working Group

My research is in AI, Visualisation and HCI. My specific areas are Artificial Biochemical Networks, Understanding through Visual Explanation and Intuitive Interface Technology (Usually Internet Enabled).

Institutional Management has my involvement with:
Academic Council - planning, development and supervision of the academic work of the University
Academic Development Committee - advise on the future shape and structure of the academic portfolio, and approve course developments and collaborative ventures
Faculty and School Marketing and Recruitment Groups - recruitment of students to the University, (Convener) internal recruitment events.
Fair Trade Status & Procurement Group (Chair) - To obtain and retain Fair Trade Status for the university as a component of the Environmental Sustainability policy.


Account Manager

CC Technology

2000 – 2001 (1 year)

IT consultancy and recruitment.


Information Technology Consultant

1997 – 2000 (3 years)

Information Technology Consultancy in project and task orientated roles;
Site Infrastructure Support,
Problem & Change Manager, ISO 9000 Compliance,
Exchange Migration Analyst,
Systems Engineer,
Systems Analyst.

Clients included; Mobil Oil, NOSWA, Glaxo Wellcome, SAIC, BP, Elf, Amerada Hess, Daily Energy Service, Donside Paper Company.