Simon Brown, Detica
Simon is a technical architect with Detica (Financial Services) and still likes to get his hands dirty with the code where he can. Simon has been involved in projects ranging from desktop clients to highly scalable distributed systems, where his specialist technology is Java. As a part of his day job, Simon helps mentor aspiring architects and strongly believes that the role of an architect isn't purely technical.
Simon founded thepragmaticarchitect.com in an aim to bring together content that reflects this view of what an architect's role entails. Additionally, Simon has written and contributed to a number of books about Java EE web technologies and is a frequent speaker on such topics. Simon's personal blog can be found at http://www.simongbrown.com/blog/.