About

Hello, my name is Nick. By education I am an electronic engineer with a career in teaching, training and web developing. In addition I also write magazine articles on computing topics as well as being a keen local historian with several books published. My spare time involves teaching Heartstart and Call Push Rescue (CPR, defibrillators and other first aid skills) to the local community.

Professional work

I am an experienced (FE & HE) teacher/lecturer (PGCE) and have taught topics such as networking, website design and development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL), programming (C, JavaScript, PHP), object oriented programming (OOP with C++), and systems software to BTEC (First, National Diploma and Higher National Diploma) and City & Guilds courses.

Voluntary work

I am actively involved in the community having been a volunteer for several organisations including Thatcham Vision and Thatcham Town Council. I established the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures (PAML), an event that raised funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and am currently chair of Thatcham Historical Society.

In 2013 I established Heartstart Thatcham which teaches, for free, Emergency Life Support (ELS) to members of the public. This is done in the form of the British Heart Foundations Heartstart and Call Push Rescue schemes. In addition to this the team also raises funds for and places defibrillators around the district.

Education

I obtained a PhD with research conducted in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath. My main research involved developing noise reduction and preprocessing methods for digital images and video using Mathematical Morphology. The research also delved into ‘Psycho-visually Lossless‘ preprocessing for digital images.