My name is Julian and I run elstar Home Tech Services from my home in Berwick St John, near Shaftesbury, in Dorset.
My childhood was spent on a dairy farm in Ebbesbourne Wake in the heart of the Chalke Valley. When I left school at 18, I moved to Plymouth in Devon to go to university and, four years later, I graduated with a 2.1 degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
I enjoyed life in Plymouth so, after graduating, I stayed on and started work as a computer programmer for the South Western Electricity Board (SWEB). Seven years later, just after my 30th birthday, having been seduced by the bright lights, I decided to move to London.
For the first few years in London, I worked as a contractor for a number of companies including Reuters, Lloyds Bank and the NatWest Bank. I also worked two years for a small web company. Shortly after that, I joined the NHS, initially working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, then for the Health Protection Agency (now renamed Public Health England) and then, most recently, for the Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust in central London.
In 2016, after 20 years in London, I decided it was time to move away and escape to the country! In early 2017, we managed to find a lovely house in Berwick St John, just down the road from my mum. And so, here we are!
It had always been my plan to start my own business once we moved, using my 30 years of IT experience to help people make sense of the technology that seems to creep into all aspects of our lives these days, especially in our homes. Even watching television or answering the phone these days can be a daunting affair for the non-technically minded!
So that's how Elstar Home Tech Solutions came to be. Elstar Software Ltd. was the name of my company when I worked as a contractor in London, so I decided to keep the Elstar name for my new venture.
I hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit about me, and I look forward to meeting you and helping you tame your technology!