Born July 1940, London – during air-raids! Family moved home to North East in 1949 (mother’s original birth area)
Final education, Bede College, Durham City – 1959/63
Taught in senior schools from 1963 to 1995. Teaching was always my ambition.
I had numerous part-time jobs during student days and my early teaching days. I became a Heavy Goods Transport Manager for four years in the 1970’s. Returning to teaching but became a coach owner/operator/driver from 1973 to 1990 at the same time as being a teacher. This benefited both me and the school.
After retiring from teaching, I was enticed into “working” on the Tanfield Railway. My general experience with spanners, burning guns and welding equipment, etc. was put happily to use for about 3 to 4 years. My diesel experience was especially welcome. Steam buffs don’t like diesels – I do and gained much knowledge of steam.
The next episode in my life was to support my wife’s growing “Children’s Things” shop. I began designing/making children’s furniture. This was not cut-down adult size stuff but built to my own designs – it would have made a fortune in Chelsea. With the coming of CAD, children’s good quality furniture from Eastern Europe and China, it was worthwhile to stop making and start buying!
At a loose end in 2006 I became a member of the Durham & Darlington NHS Hospitals Trust. In 2007 I became a Governor. I threw myself into this new venture with my customary vigour and served the full term of 9 years. I thoroughly enjoyed the work and served on several committees and learned much. In my later years I became the Lead Governor. It was this experience that enabled me to join NEAS.