About me

Hi, I’m Ian and I’m a software engineer raising a young family in Pennsylvania USA.

Bar Beach in Newcastle
Newcastle, some of the best beaches in the world [photo credits]

Originally from the beautiful beach-side town of Newcastle Australia, I immigrated to the US in 2017 after being selected in the diversity visa lottery. After meeting my wife and starting a family of 5 kids in the San Francisco Bay area, we all moved to the East Coast in 2022.

I work at Google helping to deliver delightful experiences to billions of users around the globe.

I’m a life long learner and am not happy unless I’m being challenged and learning something. I have previously completed both my MBA and a Masters in Information Technology, my Undergraduate degree was in Business, I have a Diploma in Project Management, and I also recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Data Science. Postgraduate study is an extremely expensive but highly rewarding activity to be continually taking part in.

Me with my little son Jack
My son Jack and I when he was only 2 months old.

I love traveling, and while the current tally for countries I’ve visited is only a touch over 25, I’m hoping that we can start traveling as a family soon once the kids get a little older.

I’m also a massive fan of road trips. I’ve driven the East Coast of Australia a number of times, from the Daintree (and TI by plane for a few months) to Wilson’s Prom and almost everything in between. The US is something else entirely though. The geography of California alone sometimes feels like it offers more than the entire Australian continent! Still plenty more exploring of the other American states to do as well; current count is only 17 + DC so plenty more to discover!

In a past iteration of myself I was also very much in to music, playing in a number of rock bands, brass bands, playing solo gigs, touring and way too many late nights. That part of my life is now behind me, but just watch out if you ever come within the vicinity of a karaoke bar with me and a few of my mates. Things happen…