Some time in IT and computing
First and foremost, I am a teacher with experience of a wide spectrum of age groups and abilities.
The focus of my current work at Inviqa is teaching techs and non-techs to become web development hi-
techs; to train anyone of any age and any experience (including zero) to develop state of the art web
applications; to get newbies from zero to hero in the shortest possible time. That is what I currently do.
However, I also have a broader history of providing professional training in Science, IT and Computing
training spanning the last 30+ years.
My early tech’ life was spent programming; specifically, machine code game programming. (2 years)
Then came scientific applications as an undergraduate within applied physics. (3 years)
On to digital signal processing research into active noise control - essentially the Bose headphones of
today. (2 years)
Next was local client and network management and cross-curricular IT teaching in secondary education.
Finally, and up to date, professional state-of-the-art web content management. (9 years)
SirClickalot (AKA Nick Abbott)
I am first and foremost a teacher, that was plan from 13 years of age and that's what I've always done.
I started the digital side of my life in 1981 working on an ICL 2904 mainframe, the Commodore PET with a
Commodore VIC20 at home.
You can see the rest in the visual timeline on the RHS (unless you're reading this portrait on a phone).
After the ritual stint in BASIC onto writing games in 6502 code. Physical computing using a Tektronix 4015,
interfacing the Z80 on a ZX Spectrum , Digital Signal Procesing (DSP) with the Texas TMS320 series, the BBC
Micro (of course), Acon RISC, Java JVM and so on and so forth up to date with Ubuntu, OSX, Windows 10 and
a bit of Raspbian.
Enough of this nostalgia.
A well-qualified and highly experienced class teacher; after many years in secondary education I moved
into commercial web development in the autumn of 2008 and I am now a seasoned and certified (Drupal)
6, 7, and 8 consultant-developer and trainer. As an advocate of the use of Open Source development tools,
I promote investment in people, training, mentoring, and support over expenditure on software. I have a
lot of experience in projects using SCRUM and Kanban methodologies. I deliver courses and mentoring to
all ages and abilities from absolute web beginners, to graduates in UK universities and I regularly
'Drupalise' entire developer teams in businesses of all shapes and sizes across the UK. I also deliver Drupal
certification workshops and act as an Acquia Certified Drupal Developer exam trainer and invigilator.
Over the last few years I have worked as a trainer, solutions architect, tech team lead, and coal face
developer with a variety of projects for high profile companies private, NGO, and UK Government and I
have significant experience in working in highly secure environments.
I spent many years back near the turn of the millennium delivering all of my IT skills training via blended
learning and have recently found myself back there again, this time implementing something similar in the
corporate arena. What fun.
Equally happy working in Linux, Mac OS, or Windows, it makes no odds; I've been using one or more of
them since the 80s.
Content Management System: Drupal 6, 7, and 8: Bespoke platforms, Solution design, Content modelling.
Learning Management Systems / Learning Record Stores: Bridge Learn LMS + Bridge Perform. SCORM
Cloud LRS, Learning Locker LRS.
Languages / Web technologies: PHP (inc. Symfony) MySQL, HTML, CSS (Sass/Compass), XML, jQuery, Java,
Development methodologies: Agile (SCRUM) on large scale projects, Waterfall on short-lived, small scale
Operating systems: Linux, OSX™, Windows™.
Development and team working tools: Jira™, BaseCamp™ GIT, SVN, PHP Storm™, Source Tree™, VSCode
Standard productivity tools: Word™, Excel™, PowerPoint™, Acrobat Pro™, InDesign™, Photoshop™,
1st Class Honours in Applied Physics (King’s College, University of London, 1983-1986)
Master of Philosophy in Applied Physics (Royal Holloway College, University of London, 1986-1989)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (King’s College, University of London, 1989)
BSAC Sports Diver (2002)
Advanced Personal Trainer and Sport Masseur (2008)
Appointed Persons First Aid (2008)
Acquia Certified Developer (2015)
Roles and responsibilities
Director of Learning, Inviqa UK Ltd, London
December 2017 - present day
I am in charge of managing all Learning and Development (L&D) throughout all areas of the company.
Head of Drupal training, Inviqa Ltd, London
June 2016 - December 2017
I am responsible for whole company developer training and I travel the country delivering Drupal training
courses in a wide variety of high profile companies.
Head of Training, i-KOS Digital Services Ltd, London
December 2008 – June 2016
I was responsible for graduate development and I travel the country delivering courses in a wide variety of
high profile companies such as Capgemini, UK Government, Met Police, numerous UK Universities, NHS,
Mencap, Cancer Research UK, ITV, Pearson Publishing, McCartney Publishing, Macmillan Publishing,
TalkTalk, LUSH, to name but a few.
Director of IT Education, St Paul’s Girls’ School, London W6 7BS
Sept 1991 – July 2008
During my many years at this establishment, I built and managed the IT Department from the grass roots
from the very early days of 8 bit micros and the PDP11 through the early RISC OS machines, Windows 3.11,
95, 98, XP, 7. I was network manager, webmaster, class teacher, and IT INSET mentor at times all
concurrently. I led numerous clubs including Computer programming, Electronics, SCUBA and DoE and I
headed up many of the establishment’s publications including the multi-award-winning school newspaper.
A Drupal CMS and education specialist