I'm a creative technologist producing, designing and developing new technology ideas, prototypes, products and content experiences that bring a bit of magic, wonder, enchantment and play into the world.
I mainly work with games engines and realtime technology, including hardware, software and content projects across film, museums, festivals, visitor attractions, venues, in transport, in public places and on web/social platforms. My skills and experience cross a number of areas such as immersive & interactive technology, virtual production, projection mapping & sensor based media, interactive screens & mobile applications, physical computing and mixed & augmented reality. I'm especially interested in how this tech can help to transform our experience of being together in physical place.
If I'm imagineering, ideating, experimenting, designing, collaborating and prototyping you'll find me at my happiest. I'm so lucky to be doing this in my roles as Programme Lead for the the MA Immersive Arts and as Director of the the Experimental Technologies Lab in the Institute for Art and Technology in Liverpool. I also occasionally work as a research fellow at Liverpool University's Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts, where I help with developing new ideas and bids for R&D with commercial and cultural partners.
I try to support others as best I can, and co-direct the Immersive Liverpool Network, working with companies and organisations developing immersive entertainment and experiential technology in the North West UK, with whom I have developed several projects, fundraising collaborations, events and other initiatives with. This includes a major conference on Immersive Storytelling Experiences. In 2014, I started the pioneering Immersive Storylab as an R&D collective to explore the potential of mixed & augmented reality storytelling, with whom I still collaborate with on several projects. I am also a Creative and Digital Board Member at the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and a director of a start up company. In 2020 I was made part of the BIMA 100 in the 'Creatives and Designers' category, an award that recognises 100 people for leading on ideas, products and services in the creative digital industries.
My work includes commissions, consultancy & R&D collaboration with organisations such as UNESCO, BBC, Aardman Animations, BT, Granada TV, United Nations, Avid, NHS, JISC, the FA, Sport England, Virgin as well as work with a SMEs & Cultural Organisations. I have also led and developed a number of funded research and development projects with organisations such as the AHRC, Arts Council, Heritage Lottery, Digital Catapult, UNDP, HEFCE and JISC.
I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) as well as being a partner & dad , a guitarist and a chinese rock star. Seriously.