A very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013

This year we’ve decided to send Christmas greetings by email once more. We’re donating our card and stamp money to Porch Boxes. We hope that you like James and Katie’s Christmas pictures.

James' picture
James’ picture


Katie's picture


As well as the children’s pictures, we’ve done our usual “Elf yourself” videos.

Elf Yourself Pic - 2012
Elf Yourself Pic – 2012

Charleston style”, “80s style”, “Soul style”, “Classic”, ……..sadly no “Gangnam Style” 😉

A very happy Christmas to you all.
Love from Richard, Sarah, James and Katie xxxx


About me

I am an experienced IT consultant with over fourteen years of experience gained in a number of technical roles, including more than 10 years experience as an application performance tester and test manager. I specialise in a number of technical disciplines including Microsoft server operating systems and HP testing tools (LoadRunner and QTP). I am an excellent communicator with both technical and business audiences.

I left HBOS (Lloyds Banking Group) in November 2009 after six years working as a senior performance tester and test manager. During my time at HBOS, I was responsible for performance testing customer facing web-sites as well as key internal and core banking applications using LoadRunner. I managed a team responsible for the performance testing of the HBOS Faster Payments system using Iliad FasTest. This was, and remains, the most ambitious test project ever undertaken by HBOS plc. As well as training and mentoring my colleagues in the performance test team, I acted as a technical advisor on Performance Center, LoadRunner and HP Diagnostics software throughout Lloyds Banking Group.

I take an active role in the UK and worldwide testing community. As well as being co-leader of the UK HP Software user group,VIVIT, I have been invited to sit on Vivit’s Board of Directors to help develop Vivit services for members throughout Europe. I have been called to speak at UK and worldwide conferences by HP and by the British Computer Society at their SIGIST testing conferences on the subject of performance testing and “building performance test centres of excellence”.

After leaving HBOS, I created my own company “Richard Bishop IT Ltd” and worked through 2010 and early 2011 working for a client in London two days per week and remotely from home. I took on a new role at Intechnica in Manchester in May 2011. Intechnica designs, develops and tests high performance web applications, specialising in cloud application development and testing.