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Below is a selection of all the mobile apps I've built so far ...



Sideboard is an iOS, iPadOS, Mac, watchOS and visionOS app designed to summarise your upcoming meetings and enhance your productivity

Sideboard will quickly show your upcoming or in progress meetings, and show how long until the next meeting (or how long the current meeting has left to run)

This lets you see at a glance how your day is looking

The apps will be available in the App Stores in Summer 2024.

Technology: All written using Swift and SwiftUI

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Wean the Weans

Wean The Weans

Working with NHS Lothian, 'Wean the Weans' provides recipes and information to make weaning easy, healthy and enjoyable.

Weaning might seem like a lot to take on when you have a young baby, but making your own foods isn't as hard as you might imagine.

I built apps for both iOS and Android using Xamarin, plus a CMS using PHP/Laravel/MySQL to maintain the information used in the app, and an API service layer for the apps to access.

The apps were finally released to the App Stores in October 2020.

Technology: iOS and Android apps using Xamarin, C#, PHP (Laravel), MySQL, JSON web services

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Mickledore Travel

Mickledore Travel

I've been working closely with Mickledore Travel to build mobile apps to get the most out of their holiday.

The initial versions are mainly based around providing electronic versions of their trip documentation, as well as integrating closely with their existing website and social media.

The apps went live into the App Stores in March 2017.

Technology: iOS app using Swift, Location, Web services, and many other core frameworks. Android app obviously uses Java and equivalent services.

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

Count The Days Left

Count The Days Left

Count The Days Left is a simple, elegant app that does just one thing - counts the days between the start and end date of an event or project, and how far along you've progressed so far. It's been in the App Store since March 2015

Technology: iOS app using Swift, WatchKit and many other core frameworks

I developed this app "in the open", so the source code is available on GitHub and you can read about our development journey on our blog.

Download on the App Store

Yeltzland - Stuff about Halesowen Town


Everything you wanted to know about Halesowen Town FC in one simple app:

No original content, but having everything in one place makes it easier for you to find.

I've also developed an Alexa Skill for Amazon Echo and an Google Assistant Action so you can use voice assistants to tell you about information about the fixtures and scores for the mighty Yeltz.

There is also an Apple TV app!

The app is an Open Source project, so if you're interested in the code it's available on GitHub - iOS, Android, Alexa Skill, and Google Assistant repositories.


Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

A Walk in the Country

A Walk in the Country

A joint venture between Mickledore Travel and Ordnance Survey, the 'A Walk in the Country' apps build on the success Mickledore apps to provide the same services to AWITC customers in a rebranded and redesigned app.

The apps went live into the App Stores in October 2017, but the joint venture was ended in early 2020, so the apps are no longer available.

Daily Optimiser

Daily Optimiser

Daily Optimiser was a universal iOS daily planner app that helps getting things done. It was in the App Store from July 2014 to June 2019 (when we decided to stop future development due to the improvements to the system Reminders app in iOS 13).

Technology: iOS app using UIKit, CoreData, EventKit, CAAnimation, ...



Pixagogo was a fun and easy way to explore Instagram pictures of places and people nearby. It's been in the App Store from September 2014.

Technology: iOS app using UIKit, Location Services, Web Services/JSON integration...

Instagram changed their API access in June 2016, so unfortunately the app has been disabled and pulled from the App Store since then

Bedside Clock

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Bedside Clock turns your Windows Phone into a clock that is always on - perfect for putting next to your bed ...

Technology: Built using C# and XAML, plus ingesting data from various Yahoo web services.

Due to Yahoo! removing free access to services that are heavily used by the app, unfortunately it's now been removed from the Windows Store.