Born in 1969 I was the last attempt by my parents, Jean and Norman, to have a little girl. Fortunately, I don't think they were too disappointed. I have two elder brothers, Richard and Anthony.
I was brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. We lived in Lidget Green until the mid 1980's when my parents moved to Allerton. My dad lived there up until 2010. My mother died of cancer in August 2000.
I attended Lidget Green First School, Lidget Green Middle School (which has now been demolished) and then The Grange Upper School (now Grange Technology College) before completing a 4 year Computer Systems and Software Engineering degree course at The University of York.
About a year after leaving university I bought my first house in Rossendale, Lancashire. I spent most of the next 8 years renovating it.
When I wasn't renovating my first house, I used to enjoy learning to fly microlight airplanes. I bought my own plane and after 2.5 years of trying, finally obtained my Microlight Private Pilots Licence in August 2002. Unfortunately, once I had obtained my licence, circumstances meant I never flew again and I eventually sold my plane.
In August 2002 I bought my second house in York, North Yorkshire where I live today. My interests include walking, cycling, keeping fit generally, computing, photography, cooking, DIY and gardening.
My career so far
I was sponsored throughout university by GEC General Signal Ltd (which became part of the ALSTOM group) and so when I finished my degree I went to work for them as a Graduate Research & Development engineer at their Trafford Park, Manchester site. I worked there for 3 years before leaving in 1996.
In November 1996 I joined Radan Computational Ltd at their Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire office as a Software Developer working within a small team developing a new product called estimate-2-invoice or e2i. I left in 2003.
The start of 2004 saw me joining TietoEnator at their Dunstable office as a Systems Developer. In November 2004 I relocated to their Sheffield Office and by the start of 2007 I relocated again, this time to their Leeds Office - much closer to home. I left TietoEnator at the end of 2007.
I am currently enjoying a more relaxed pace of life. I run my own web site design and services company called RADOX.
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