About Me

As you’ll have guessed by now, my name is Simon Wheatley. I’m a professional WordPress developer based in Manchester, in the UK.

I started working with WordPress on 15 December 2005 on a project for the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts (then Arks & Kids). Since then my involvement has increased until I decided to focus purely on WordPress in mid-2009. On 25 January 2012 I co-founded Code for the People with m’esteemed colleague Simon Dickson, we were a consultancy focussed on high end, large scale, high traffic WordPress based sites. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great clients, including Stephen Fry, the Rolling Stones, the Royal Navy, and Defra, amongst many others.

Code For The People were acquired by Automattic in 2014. I now work in the WordPress.com VIP team, helping run some pretty high traffic sites.

If you want to follow my WordPress activity or learn about any of my plugins, you can check out my profile on the WordPress project website.

You can follow me on Twitter, @simonwheatley and on App.net also as @simonwheatley, and view my photos on Flickr. Being close to the beautiful Peak District in the North of England I try to get out on a hill as much as possible, though never enough. I also enjoy cooking, and have sporadically posted recipes to this blog (currently I hold the number 1 spot on Google for the query “slow cooker chicken casserole”, which is nice).