I feel very privileged to be able to affect change directly in Drupal and the module ecosystem on a daily basis, and to be able to work with some of the most devoted and experienced Drupalists in the process. I am currently working for Acquia as Product Manager for Lightning, an enterprise authoring distribution of Drupal. I am also Program Manager for Acquia's D8 Module Acceleration Program (D8 MAP), which has allocated $500k of funding to projects led by community contributors to speed up the porting of critical modules to D8.
I love Drupal. That’s not to say I love every line of Drupal code or every user interface, but I love the philosophy that is Drupal:
- Massive-scale collaboration within a community of people dedicated to quality, open communication, inclusion, and fun;
- An open-source movement that values not only its developers, but also its site-builders and authors; and
- An extensible, modular framework that can be used to build incredibly complex systems and integrated architectures.
Since I started my journey with Drupal in 2006 I have been continually impressed by the people who I have met in the community and their passion for Drupal. Some of my favourite conversations have been around 3am at DrupalCon, after mild liquid encouragement, with outspoken geniuses from an array of different continents.
I first started working with Drupal when a non-profit youth news organisation called Vibewire asked me to look at their website. They had a Drupal 4.7 installation weighed down by a ton of modules. It was breaking all the time, it wouldn’t scale with high traffic, and had lots of bugs in the custom code. I was appalled, but I kept reading and started on a long journey to understanding Drupal.
Eventually I started my own Drupal shop where we specialized in commerce and built large transactional sites with heavy infrastructure on Pressflow and eventually Drupal Commerce. From there I moved on to become Regional Director for Commerce Guys in the UK. After that I came to Acquia and was head of Solutions Architecture in Europe before moving to Boston for my current role.
Along the way I’ve been a speaker at Drupal events in Boston, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Melbourne, New York, and Rome. I helped organize DrupalCamp London 3 years in a row. I’ve run BOF sessions at DrupalCon and numerous Drupal trainings. I’ve advised Drupal startups and hired many Drupalists. Outside of Drupal I have written my own PHP applications in other frameworks and helped to build core internet infrastructure using open-source software at APNIC, a large non-profit that allocates IP addresses for the Asia-Pacific.