Mark Howells-Mead is a forty-something web designer and developer, with twenty years’ experience of developing for the web.

My beginnings as a designer and developer date back to 1996 and my professional web career began at Cable and Wireless in 1997. I’ve been conceiving, designing, building and developing with content management systems like WordPress for sixteen years.

I provided an end-to-end design and production service for content websites to local clients between 1999 and 2008, developing a full-stack workflow which stands me in good stead through to the current day.

I co-developed a CMS and newspaper editorial system for the Jungfrau Zeitung between 2001 and 2008, whilst also designing, developing and maintaining websites for several dozen local businesses and tourist authorities.

I expanded my knowledge and experience in marketing with leading international agency Burson-Marsteller between 2008 and 2011, then moved to !frappant in Bern to re-focus on CMS development.

My focus during my time at !frappant has been the development of CMS-driven, responsive websites running WordPress and TYPO3. I lead the development team’s internal processes and technology adoption between 2011 and 2016, before shifting my primary focus back to user experience and frontend development.

Community contribution

I contribute to the WordPress community as a plugin developer, speaker and translator and I am a member of the TYPO3 Documentation team. I co-founded the WordPress Switzerland Slack channel with Nico Martin in 2016.