Lets get a few things clear… this is not a blog with an especial purpose, message, or criterion. It’s no more poetical, political, humorous, or religious than I am; I would like to share with you when I find interesting, amusing, and the little snippets of trivia and factoids that I stumble upon.
A little about me… a few of years ago I completed my Doctorate at Oxford University. My research focused on Anglo-Indian-Tibetan relations during the Great Game, and how these have impacted our understanding of the region today.
I then worked for Oxford Risk Analysis and Research as Operations Director for seven years. As a Oxford University spin out company we provided consultancy to various Government Departments and sectors of the Financial Services Industry both in the UK and worldwide. While it was quick paced, a steep learning curve, and we launched a range of excellent tools and services, it could never have been described as my ‘calling.’
Life changed in 2017 when we were blessed by the arrival of a beautiful and joy filled daughter, who now occupies most of my mind and all of my heart. I took the opportunity to take a change of direction, and am immensely fortunate and happy to be the Digital Partnerships Manager at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. My role is basically a smorgasbord of my backgrounds; academia and anthropology, digital tools and technology, project management, and a fierce pride in Oxford and her university. Collecting tat is also fun. Doing a good job in a good place is genuinely motivating.
I thus live and work in Oxford, and enjoy running (as much as anyone can!), reading travel books, picking my daughter’s Weetabix out of my hair, and listening to all, kinds of eclectic music. I love books… and I confess to still getting a thrill from opening them. I am trying to teach myself to play the ukulele… much to the annoyance of my wife and neighbours.
I count myself lucky that I have good friends with open, agile, and inquisitive minds. I love spending time with them.
I’m no oil painting I know, but this is a painting of me, done by a good friend of mine, David Cooke.