About Me

I am an award winning software developer. I aim to build simple, creative, and independent technology. I believe this will empower humans to create a better future.

Member of the Drupal Association

Member of the Drupal Association. Founder of Ideation Networks. Inventor of the Cyril programming language for live-coding visualisations.


I've had the privilege of working on projects for clients such as Paul McCartney, MTV, Victoria & Albert Museum, Elsevier, Dixons, Santander, and consulted on EU-funded research projects P2P Next and Saracen.


Nice things people have said about me…

Darren is very responsive and personable; always willing to adapt to our requirements, while offering his advice and experience. The quality of his work has been very high and I have enjoyed working with him.
– Zoë Mullan - Editor, The Lancet Global Health

Darren has worked on Lancet website projects for many years. He most recently developed the Lancet Global Health’s blog site for us. As always, his work was excellent, thorough, and to our specifications.
– Justine Davies - Editor in Chief, The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology

Darren really knows his onions.
– Paul Reeves - Senior Developer, Viacom International Media Networks

Darren knows his stuff + great trainer
– Ronald Ashri - CTO, Blue Spark Labs

I must say a very big thank you to @mothersele for being amazing with Drupal
– Helena Markou - Head of New Business, Perini

Cracking day of training! Panels, Views, Blocks, context, Content types and Themes! Thanks @mothersele 4 ur patience & skills
– Gary Bird - @Gary_Bird

Advanced Drupal training workshop today with the very clever @mothersele Is there anything he doesn’t know?!
– Catch Digital - @catch_digital


I am passionate about helping others more fully experience their lives. I am driven by finding new and creative ways to accomplish a goal. I love to engage with people who are curious and smart.

I love open source and Drupal. I believe in business models based on providing value.

I love to provide training and help get the best out of people. I believe excellent outcomes are produced by people who have opportunities each day to do what they do well.

I’m fascinated by ideas.

I strongly believe we should create more than we consume. I want to live in a world where more people are creators than consumers.


2016 Giving training in modern PHP and Drupal 8. Working on building tools for the open and independent web.

2015 Building stages at festivals, painting (lots of painting). More creative coding. Projections. Art. Time to reflect on what’s important.

2014 Drupal Training

I launched successful “Everything I know about Drupal” training courses, an intensive tour of Drupal’s best features. After running the course publically I adapted it for several agency clients and ran individual trainings.

2013 Cyril Live Coding

I released open source programming language, Cyril, for live coding of 3D visuals

2007 Founded Ideation Networks

I became a full time freelance Drupal developer and founded Ideation Networks

2005 Uploader

I was a co-founder of the successful b2b digital music startup Uploader. Operating in the exciting rapidly developing world of digital music services we licensed over 50,000 tracks of music and build systems for mass transcoding and delivery of audio.

2004 Joined the New Media Commitee at AIM

I joined the New Media Commitee at AIM (Association for Independent Music) advising the trade association on the rapidly developing digital music markets.

2004 Head of Digital

I became head of digital for independent record label Cooking Vinyl.

2003 Professional DJ

I worked professionally as a DJ and my remixes featured on MTV, QTV, and XFM

2001 Teaching web development

I devised and delivered a training course in commercial web development at the adult education centre in Sheffield.

2000 Sir Douglas Lewin Memorial Prize

I graduated Sheffield University with 1st class degree in computer science and was awarded the Sir Douglas Lewin Memorial Prize for computer science.

1997 My first paid gig

I got my first paid gig building a website for a local business.

1979 Born