About Mark Howells-Mead

Photography and programming since 1983. CMS developer since 2001. WordPress since 2003, TYPO3 since 2011 and agency partner since 2019.

With my wife Jo in Zermatt, 2015

I’m a British photographer, designer and web developer and I live in Switzerland. Permanent Tourist is my personal website. I came up with the name because I try to live like an interested visitor, whether at home or elsewhere.

I speak English and Bernese (Swiss) German fluently, German relatively well, and French passably but with a little hesitation. Through my work on multilingual websites, I also have an understanding of written Italian, and my abilities in German allow me a basic understanding of Dutch.

I spend much of my spare time in the mountains near where I live on the shores of Lake Thun: hiking and taking photographs. I’ve been here since 2001; before that, I lived in Hampshire, England and (as a child) in London.

My day job is as a website developer, primarily building front-ends for CMS-driven websites using WordPress. I joined Swiss web agency Say Hello GmbH as Partner in January 2019.

My wife Jo moved from Scotland to live with me during 2006. We married during 2007 in the splendour of Rosslyn Chapel, and combined our surnames.

Long before all this was a twinkle in my eye, I studied to A-level at Salesian College in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Curriculum vitæ (Lebenslauf)

I’ve been a full-stack developer, WordPress specialist, designer and partner at Say Hello GmbH since the beginning of 2019. My daily work involves project management, concept work, cross-media solutions and workshop leadership, front-end, back-end and API development, media production, client consultancy, design and sales.

Previously, I’ve been a development manager, team leader, digital developer, media producer, content management system developer and customer services advisor for small, large and international companies based in the U.K. and Switzerland since the 1990s.

You can see my complete c.v. here.


I write long-form entries in alphabetical order about my life from time to time. The first was published here in 2013. The current entries are here.

Latest blog posts

  • The memory moon

    When the full (-ish) moon rises above Interlaken at this time of year, it always reminds me of a photo my Dad took in south Wales many years ago, where the reflection wasn’t on a lake but on the smooth surface of the sea off the coast of Freshwater East.
  • Remote working

    The beginning of 2019 saw a huge change for me; both having an office close to where I live and gaining the freedom to work wherever I want to be.
  • Rain storm over Macclesfield

    Softness of the rain

    Often, it’s nature and not the camera which creates a photographic effect.
  • Development and community; interview with Matteo Enna

    Back in May, Sardinian ”open source evangelist and programmer” Matteo Enna got in touch and interviewed me for his blog.
  • Loch a'Chroisg, Scotland

    26 megapixels in the northern Highlands of Scotland

    After buying a Fujifilm X-T3 camera, I took it out into the Scottish Highlands between Garve and Torridon to capture the remote landscape.
  • Lightly child, lightly

    “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck […]
  • Delivering mockups for WordPress Gutenberg

    How to mock up a website design when every page can be built individually and controlled completely by the editorial staff.
  • Oberaar, Switzerland

    Hiking to the Oberaar glacier

    Hiking along the milky Oberaarsee to the ice cave at the terminus of the Oberaar glacier.