Education and Employment
In preparation for this moment I have had a successful and
diverse career in technology consulting and software development. The
origins can be traced back to working in a Tesco warehouse to earn the
money to buy one of the first kit computers produced in the UK, from
Nascom. I remember unpacking it excitedly behind the settee, the day of
my grandfather's funeral. Quite a day.
Earlier dreams of being a marine biologist were crushed by my
school and parents. So unsure about a career, I studied Physics at
Manchester University, designing a floppy disk drive interface and
operating system in my spare time. This did as much as my degree to get
me from my first employment, designing radar magnetrons at EEV, to my
second with the Digital Systems group of Cambridge Consultants Limited.
For all I didn't know what career to follow, I was always lucky
enough to have an uncompromising heart, that helped me follow my
interests. The surest thing I've learned about life has been to follow
my happiness. I call happiness my compass. It doesn't make life easy in
the short term, but in the long run it has paid off for me, and I've
seen the results in others of not being able to do this. I trust my
heart, and it has never let me down. By pure chance it seems, it guided
me to my dream job when I was setting out, and when I was looking for a
big change in career twenty years later, my heart won through again.
Never in a million years would I have thought of becoming a counsellor,
but here I am, loving as much as anything I've ever done.
I spent ten years with CCL, as well as doing my own private
consulting, and so have a lot of experience in understanding and meeting
the needs of my clients. When my heart was no longer happy there I left
to join a tiny software company called i2 Limited. For the next ten
years, I enjoyed being part of a company that grew and grew, and has
transformed the world of criminal and commercial investigation
world-wide, through innovative visualisation and analysis tools. The
first PC's in most UK Police forces were bought to run i2's Analyst's
Notebook which was the first product I worked on. i2's products went
world-wide, and became ubiquitous within law enforcement, and are now
used on major investigations in every significant investigative and
Later i2 became interested in the potential of enormous
commercial databases, and I worked with companies like LexisNexis and
Equifax to commercialise the ideas I developed jointly with i2's
co-founder Tim Spiers. With that project growing rapidly a separate
company was spun off, but an illness caused me to leave i2 in 2002.
Visualisation of online data has still not matched the techniques we had
developed in 2002, though in 2009 Google showed signs of moving in that
Skills and Experience
I have worked for over 20 years in a wide variety of technical
roles on many challenging innovative projects, including design,
development and consultancy for small and multi-national clients.
Projects ranged from a few hundred pounds to millions, from one-off
military prototypes, high reliability dealing desks, to mass market
consumer electronics. Mainly in digital electronics and communications,
software, internet and web technologies.
I was also involved in marketing, pre-sales, proposal
preparation, contracting, recruiting and project management, while in my
spare time enjoying running my own business as a profitable hobby. Doing
my own book-keeping and VAT, reselling computers mail order, and writing
and selling software mail order and over the internet. I'm writing this
with the HTML editor I wrote and which sold hundreds of copies.
Without abandoning my love of technology, in 2002 my interests
broadened into new areas. Having developed RSI (repetitive strain
injury) from over use of computers while at i2, a lengthy period of
recuperation allowed me to broaden my interests, to personal and
spiritual growth - a classic case of transformation arising out of a
period of difficulty and forced change.
In addition to learning a lot about RSI and the importance of
body awareness, I began a process of personal psychosynthesis while
training as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor. I started seeing clients in
2005 as part of my training, and once qualified, began in private
practice from my home in Walthamstow. The reward and enjoyment of
supporting people with life-difficulties, help them towards wellbeing,
or to achieve their goals, has taken me by surprise. My approach, and
the skills necessary for counselling are very different to those needed
with technology, which is one reason I enjoy both. So I now enjoy a very
rewarding and inspiring range of activities, inter-personal, business
I am very pleased to be able to offer help to individuals, and
businesses of all sizes, and hope that you will find something of value
one my services sites. Perhaps we will work together. Please though let
me know what you found useful, or if some information was lacking,
inaccurate or unhelpful.
Feedback on any aspect of my sites or your experience are very
much appreciated, so please leave comments on a blog or email me
directly if you prefer. I'd especially like to hear about something you
hoped to find but didn't get, or were disappointed with in some way.
Appreciations are also welcome of course!
Thank you for visiting,
BSc, PG Dip, Member BACP
Football Manager and Ex-Manchester United Player
Whenever Mark Hughes the football manager is in the news,
naturally people come here to markhughes.com. To avoid confusion, I am
not that Mark Hughes. I have played a lot of football over the years,
but these days I prefer figure skating, kung fu and 5rhythms dance. As far as I
know, there isn't an official website for Mark Hughes the football
manager, but please let me know if I'm wrong so I can link to
it here. The best reference I know is: Mark Hughes on
Reading his Wiki just now I realise we may well be related
because he was born near Wrexham, North Wales. During 2007 I researched
my family's genealogy back through Liverpool, to Wrexham in the 1850's,
and then to Llanarmon DC in the spectacularly beautiful Glynn Ceiriog
valley. There, my great x5 grandfather Richard Hughes married Catherine
Tudor, and lived at Sarphle farm during the 1700's. I'm also a cousin,
once removed, of Andy Burnham
MP. My research into the Hughes of Sarphle is published online as A
Pedigree and Family Trees for William Cronshaw Hughes
Affiliate Links and Personal Recommendations
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have to worry about it. So I am happy to take a small commission for a
product referral, or if you buy a book through one of my Amazon
affiliate links. I won't though do this at the risk of compromising my
integrity, or the trust someone places in me by following one of my
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I hope though, that because I feature commission generating
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here or on any of my websites or blogs. I'd like to clarify why you
might think that.
I don't practice Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) or offer
Private-Label-Rights (PLR) products as the basis for my business, nor do
I condemn people that do. I would use these techniques if I was able to
do so ethically and with integrity. It is a fact though, that such
schemes are attractive to people who only care about making
money, and not the effect of their activity. This makes me
sceptical of MLM, PLR, and product referrals and commission schemes such
as affiliate links. I assume others will be too.
Generally MLM and PLR schemes are pyramid based, which means
people near the top make a lot of money. Those in the middle make some
money, doing a lot of work. Those at the bottom never make any money no
matter how hard they work. Schemes like this were rife forty years ago,
and like chain letters were discredited and outlawed in many countries.
The internet has created new legal avenues, access to unprotected
jurisdictions, and made them technically cheap, easy and low risk to
operate. So the web is awash with such schemes, most of them best
avoided because of the effect they have on most participants. Even MLM
schemes with valuable products exploit the majority of participants,
because no market is infinite. They are valuable for disseminating
useful information, but inherently unsustainable when used to generate
wealth. Their time is past because they mirror the same attitude that
has brought us to the point of trashing our precious planet, and our
civilization precariously close to collapse.
To reassure those wise people, who are well aware of this and who
may be sceptical of affiliate referral links, I am open and honest about
what I do and why. Hence my earlier assurance, which I re-state below.
Everything I recommend or link to has been checked out by myself
and found to be exceptional value. I don't recommend anything simply
because it earns me money. I value and trust that my reputation will
prevail, and that this will come across from what I do and the way I go
about it, and how I respond to the people who come into contact with me.
So, I'm not shy of taking affiliate. Some of my links are income
generating. The earnings are not my priority, or my reason for placing
those links. My priority is giving value to others, because I am already
rich in other ways. I already have enough money for myself, but any
additional income gives me more freedom to share, and the ability to
give more away free. So all earning links are chosen first on the basis
of value to others. Trust, reliability and quality is essential to my
personal integrity, and to the viability of my long term business. I
will not place links purely to generate income, and I don't recommend,
offer, or sell anything that I haven't tried and got exceptional value
from myself. This is also why I don't have any paid advertising on my
sites. When I do it will only be because I've vetted the quality of the
My aim is to either help you or your business in person, or to
provide you with practical, reliable and useful information on my
websites, blogs and other media. Everything can be reached via this
site, so follow the links of interest.