Dan is a technologist with over 20 years’ experience of designing and building interactive services for a range of mainly public sector organisations. He has been the technical lead for successful multi-million pound interactive media projects for BBC Education Online, the DCMS Culture Online programme and NESTA Futurelab.
He has helped many organisations, including the BBC, DCMS, Woodland Trust and UK Parliament make senior technical appointments and has been closely involved in the procurement of complex technical services for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Dan trained as both a software and mechanical engineer. He studied engineering at Warwick University, Computer Science at Cambridge and researched wind turbine aerodynamics at Imperial College. In the pre-web world Dan developed interactive learning resources for the Open University.
He went on to become the founding technologist at BBC Education Online where he recruited and managed a team of 20 programmers and webmasters. He wrote the software for the BBC’s first live web chat and led the technical development of some of the BBC’s most popular websites. He was Director of Technology at NESTA Futurelab, a think and do tank set up by NESTA to research the potential impact of technology on education. Later Dan became the lead technologist for the DCMS’s Culture Online project.
Since then Dan has been providing consultancy and technical production to a range of clients including the Bristol University, BBC Media Trust, UK Parliament, Fonebank, Wildscreen and the Open University.