‘Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.’
I was born in the year Orwell warned us about. My travels have taken me, for extended periods,to the United States, United Kingdom, and New Zealand (third time’s the charm). I went to Arcadia University, just outside of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA), for my BA and the University of Essex (at Wivenhoe) for my PGD. I am professionally qualified as a Certified Financial Services Auditor. I have a lovely wife and 3 wee ones (who keep me busier than I could have ever imagined).
My experience is varied, but has generally concentrated on IT, accountancy, and risk management. Since around 2010 I have concentrated on risk management and IT, with particular focus on:
(1) System and Reporting Development – I’ve done this mainly in SQL, Visual Basic.NET, and Visual Basic for Applications.
(2) Risk Management – particularly in the public health IT space there’s a lot of flux, both inside organisations and through ‘endless’ new standards (NZISM, HISF, the GCIO ICT Operationsl Assurance Framework, etc.).
(3) Contracting – I find it a lot more fun to be, at least nominally, my own boss and avoid all the bollocks that comes with HR processes (even if, sometimes, I have to suffer along with everyone else). However, in practice, I’ve been contracting with the same company for a while now.
My broader areas of interest are:
- Public Policy – particularly trying to rationalise what the heck politicians are trying to actually say, achieve, etc.;
- Taxation – particularly focusing on the more technical components of taxation (I do love people trying to justify things like a Capital Gains Tax, for instance);
- Economics – Always good for a laugh, particularly when people attempt to re-hash debates that have been going on, and often solved, for hundreds of years;
- Military Science – Ordinarily, I’d like to think myself a peaceful man, but sometimes one must cry havoc…and I’ve enjoyed, in the past, tabletop war-gaming; and
- IT – In my spare time, I do have a tendency to look at technical materials (both in the programming and hardware spaces – with a particular interest in database programming and network infrastructure).