James’ questionable love for Liverpool FC aside, he really is a genuinely great guy—when he’s not developing websites to his (and our) rigorous standards, you can usually find James cycling across the North West, spending time with his family or viewing houses on Rightmove. Note; hopefully that last point will be redundant shortly after pushing this content live. (Update: July 2019… sadly not).
What’s your story? What brought you to AHOY and where were you before?
During school I always thought I wanted to go into computer networking, until I got to college, where I took a programming course which incorporated web development. From then on I was totally focused on working with the web, carrying it on into university (where I somehow got first class honours).
After uni I was lucky enough to get on an intern program with a small digital agency developing my skills and getting into WordPress. I loved how fast technologies and strategies were changing towards the web and wanted to be part of the digital revolution.
Ahoy were one of the companies that I had an interest in working for when my placement ended, but due to circumstances I moved to an in-house marketing team delivering several successful campaigns to get student enrolments for a large accountancy training provider.
I missed the day-to-day life of a studio so moved to small property marketing agency in the city centre. Once I realised Ahoy were looking, I jumped at the chance to join the team and work with like minded designers and developers, as well as clients from a range of sectors to provide exciting and engaging sites.
What’s the best bit of your job?
The continuous learning curve, web development changes at such a pace there is always something new to master.
Where can you be found when you’re not here at AHOY?
Mostly with my wife and young son, seeing family and friends back home in Chester or helping out at my family’s watermill in the Lake District. I enjoy getting out in the great outdoors by cycling all over the place, or just going for a walk.