James Beal is a systems administrator with over 26 years of professional experience. For the last 8 years he has been specialising in high throughput computing, and lately this has been expanded to implementing private clouds. James lives in the UK with his wife and two teenage sons. Fandom life probably started with Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Today in media he favours Elementary, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, Steven Universe and Sherlock. His favourite authors are Seanan McGuire, Diana Wynne Jones, Diane Duane, Philip Pullman and Ben Aaronovitch. He joined the Systems committee as a staff member in January 2011 and became the Systems technical lead in March 2013. Later in 2013 he joined the Accessibility, Design & Technology committee as a member of staff rather than as a Systems liaison.