“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves”…Albert Einstein
Hey Guys, cheers for checking out DesignAndMotion.net. First things first, I’m a Proud Cornishman living in the ‘winterless’ north of New Zealand way down in the southern Pacific. I’m currently the Design Manager at Specialist Marine Interiors in New Zealand, I’ve worked at the company for nearly 8 years after moving over from the UK while studying Motorsport Engineering. Starting out as design support, I quickly moved into programming SMI’s new CNC machine. During the next 4 years I worked closely with both the manufacturing and design departments to create and implement automated processes both up and down stream within these areas of the organisation. This has provided me with an invaluable insight into both departments operations and the difficulties they can have. Around 3 years ago I moved back into design full-time, so far this has culminated in my promotion to my current position 16 months ago. During last 12 months I’ve been implementing Autodesk Vault Professional from scratch (we were using something developed in house prior to that), improving data sharing between departments, work allocation, organisation and increased control over the design review process. Although I have no prior ‘PLM’ experience I’ve been deeply involved in process formation, implementation and development in an ever changing environment for the last 7 ½ years.
Although I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought otherwise, I do have a life outside of Design, Autodesk Software, CAM, blogging and twitter. I have a beautiful, tolerant and smart Wife and a very clever 10 year old daughter, with a baby boy on the way, so if my online presence drops off towards the middle of this year, you will know why. I’m a complete Formula One nut but I’m interested in all forms of petroleum based sport (including NASCAR, sometimes), I used to be an excellent Skier however living in a sub tropical area of the world and loving food too much has made me quite rusty. I’ve also lived in France for a number of years, along with spending a lot of time there as a child with my parents and siblings, it has resulted in a love for the place and most things French. I used to be a fluent speaker of the beautiful language, the same can’t be said any more, however, I have no doubt the rot would be reversed after spending a couple of months there again in the future. Fortunately for my wife, my love of food is backed up by a love of cooking, I’ve cooked since I was 6 years old but have always hated the cleaning up afterwards. My favourite thing to cook these days since I’m a long way from Cornwall, is a good ol’ Cornish Pasty! I’m also very fond of travelling, preferably to go on holiday though. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit a number of countries around the world and hope that will continue in the future.
Anyway I reckon thats enough about me, I hope the content I post on this blog will speak for itself.
If you like you can follow me on twitter where I bang on about all sorts of stuff!