I am a digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ entrepreneurial and business experience. In that time I have amassed a varied CV working with or alongside some large organisations, as well as working with organisations such as the University of Liverpool and Banco de España.
I started my first Internet business whilst still at high school, and after completing a degree course in my other passion, Modern European Languages, I launched a company providing outsourced web and IT support services to home and business customers in and around Merseyside.
A few years later I decided to pivot and I re-launched my business as Innobella Media, a creative digital media agency providing corporate/promotional video production and website design for small/medium businesses as well as charities and non-profits. I come from a family with rich film & video heritage; my grandfather was an early pioneer in lighting technology for ciné film production and was the inventor of the world’s first ever floodlight.
I’m also a technology enthusiast (geek, if you will) and I’ve written articles for HackSpace Magazine and published projects on sites such as Hackster.io and Electromaker.io, the latter earning me an award in their Connectivity Contest. Combining my passion for technology with my passion for video production, I also run a YouTube channel called Switched On Network which covers a range of topics encompassing technology, gadgets, the Internet, video production & small business tips.
Alongside my work with Innobella Media, I work with other small and medium-sized businesses providing consultancy services and holding Non-Executive Director positions. In 2015, I was approached by the business incubator Launch22 Liverpool to become their Entrepreneur-in-Residence, acting as a mentor and giving start-up advice to new businesses and budding local entrepreneurs. I enjoy volunteer and charity work with various church-run youth groups and summer camps, and I recently produced a promotional video for Frontier Camps.
In the past I have been seen giving talks at the likes of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), British Computer Society (BCS) and #IoTLiverpool groups on a variety of technology and Internet of Things related subjects.
I grew up in Droitwich Spa, near Birmingham, where I attended King Edward’s School in Edgbaston and studied Physics and Electronic Systems & Control alongside French and Spanish to AS/A Level. I earned my BA in Modern European Languages from the University of Liverpool, a degree course which saw me spend time living and working in both Marseille, France and Madrid, Spain, as well as learning Italian from scratch. I am also a dual national, holding citizenship of both the UK and Ireland.