Wallington Grammar for boys
8 O level 3 A level hons degree
MoD, Met Police, BT, consultancy in dozens of firms from banks to London Underground
Work for myself
I work for Me!
I live in the Midlands and have a very broad career ranging from running helicopter fleet to designing hardware.
I live in a village in the Midlands with my wife from where I continue to run my business.
My daughters live locally with my grandchildren. For 4 weeks I have only seen them in 2 dimensions.
I control and design a small company making and designing bike racks which we sell to the trade and public.
I operate as a one-person company with all the work I don’t like sub contracted and doing the design and control myself. We make carriers fitting to the towballs of cars and vans. It uses my own patent mount and has parts mostly made in UK with investment castings coming from China.
I stopped working for big corporates 25 years ago by which time I had been IT director of part of BT and run helicopters and designed boats for the Police in London. I started engineering work designing tanks then moved on to development of cars (from police cars to armoured vehicles for the government ministers) for the police in London
For the last 25 years I have been self employed doing consultancy and working for myself. I have done everything from design of extranet systems for a multi-country engineering company to analysis of military engineering operations on behalf of a bank.
My Typical Day: Design for new products - answer customers and manage current work
The most interesting part of my day is the design and construction of new products. However with a full range of products already in production this is driven more by enthusiasm than necessity.
Every day I have to answer in response to questions and requests from customers and contractors,. The majority of queries are simple and actually answered on the website!
I use a core group of contractors and decided long ago that I would only work with people I got on well with! The contractors all hold definitive sets of drawings my parts which makes reordering very simple.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
articulate, enquiring, aware
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Accident response after helicopter crash.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Group of equally enquiring friends
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
animals from the 60's
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
fly a helicopter
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
be younger, be fitter, live for ever
Tell us a joke.