This is an image of the Old Bridge Pontypridd , built at the fourth attempt in 1756, by William Edwards over the River Taff, South Wales. Still standing, it was a miracle of engineering and innovation, the worlds longest single span stone bridge for 40 years.

I’ve been using it as the background image for What’s the PONT since I started blogging in 2011.

What’s the PONT is about learning. The things I’ve learnt or find interesting and want to share. Pont is the Welsh for bridge, and ‘What’s the PONT’ is also just that, a bridge.  I’m interested in learning and sharing knowledge for the greater good and because I think it is an important and hopefully useful thing to do.

Disclaimer. I need to say that these are my own personal views and opinions and have nothing to do with the views of the organisation I work for, or any of the other organisations I might have any connection with.

About Me. The things I’m currently interested in are:

  1. How people learn and share knowledge;
  2. Employee engagement, continuous improvement, innovation; and
  3. A better society and public services. 

I’m native of the South Wales Valleys, spending much of my life within about 10 miles of Pontypridd, which is why the William Edwards bridge is important to me. I’m a scientist by background. I’ve worked in a number of different roles from being a marine biologist, working with fisheries and waste water treatment.  Other things I’ve done include being a corporate planner, supporting democracy and public service improvement.

I currently work for the Wales Audit Office as part of the Good Practice Exchange Team. If you want to look at what we do, you can find it here:

The website pages: http://www.wao.gov.uk/goodpractice/goodpracticeexchange.asp

The blog: http://goodpracticeexchange.wordpress.com/



This is me, Chris Bolton, a generic bald bloke. Middle aged, happily married for more than 25 years, three sons, dogs (4), cats (2), chickens (variable).

24 Responses

  1. Rather than just be a “lurker” I will say how much I enjoyed the last 20 minutes with your blog. I’m really thinking about a little e-class born of my blog and discovered you in “researching” online participation. But I stayed because I enjoyed the malicious compliance stories, general literate tone, and image of that beautiful bridge. Thank you! Best, Katy Gilmore

  2. MitchP

    Hi Chris,
    I’m an editor for a software development news and tutorials site (dzone.com) and I wanted to see if you might be interested in having some of your blog content featured on a new topic portal on social business tools and methods. Shoot me an email and we can talk.

  3. Cat

    Dear Sir
    Hope I have the right email address.
    Found your name as a contact under wordpress communitiies in the UK – Wales
    Wondered if you could recommend to us please on any forums where we can advertise jobs for wordpress developers.
    We have already gone on WordPress.net, but as an expert we thought you might be able to help us with recommendations.
    We are a thriving graphic design and marketing agency in SW UK with an ever expanding order book and we want to make sure we advertise to the right candidates.
    Any feedback will be gratefully received.

    Kind regards

  4. Hi! I’m doing the Liebster award challenge at the moment – a way for bloggers to network and get to know each other and as part of it, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! There’s more info about what this involves, including 10 ‘Getting to Know You’ questions here: http://wp.me/p14Til-8p

    (PS – If it’s not your thing then don’t worry – thought I’d nominate you because you always put an original spin on things, so I’m intrigued as to what questions you’d set for the next people!)

  5. phil owen

    well mr chris bolton! your description of the beacons reminded me of some of the days out sampling at blaengarw and sitting on landfill sites in the rain!! snakey – if you remember them nickname!

      1. phil owen

        not on either! being a teacher i try and avoid them! email is phil@tutormenow,co,uk – would be great to catch up

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