I started aeromodelling when I was 13 years old – in 1969, before that I built model boats. I became a SMAE member in 1971 and started flying Free Flight contests as a Junior, mainly A/1 and A/2 (as it was then) classes. My first Model Flying club was Syke Juniors, near Rochdale.
I started flying RC gliders in 1980, as I was (at the time) fortunately living only 4 miles from one of the best slope soaring sites in NW England, Blackstone Edge, off the Rochdale to Halifax road and started R/C power flying shortly afterwards. However, I continued to fly competitive free flight as a member of Richmond DMAC until 1977 and latterly (following a change in location) Falcons Free Flight Team until 1995.
I had a few years off while my children got bigger but came back to the fold about 11 years ago flying mainly RC sports models.
I am the founder member and administrator of the UK Classic Aerobatic Association (UKCAA) which promotes the building, flying and competing of pre 1996 F3A Aerobatic aircraft and I am also a member of South Cheshire Radio Control Society, BARCS and the LMMGA. I am the club delegate for SCRCS.
My model flying interests are very broad ranging. I fly Classic F3A, R/C gliders, (Electric, Thermal and Slope) and general sports models. As I am getting older, I am getting more interested in scale modelling and enjoy the additional challenge of building and flying this type of model.
Professionally, I design IT systems for a major UK Government Department. I have worked in IT for over 40 years. Working in the Government sector means that you need to develop a very pragmatic and diplomatic approach to working with people. This is one of my strengths, over the years I have worked very closely with a great many civil servants to develop and deliver successfully, some complex and costly IT projects.
I have also been a committee member on many local and national bodies. In fact, I first started committee work as Junior Captain of a sailing club when I was just 14 years old. I have worked on a number of committees including the British Astronomical Association and the Radio Society of Great Britain plus many club roles over the past 40 years. I enjoy working on committees and feel the time spent is a worthwhile contribution and satisfactory payback for an interest that I enjoy doing,
I was appointed BMFA-NW Area Webmaster at the end of 2017 and subsequently elected (in 2018) as Area Delegate and Chairman of the NW Area of the BMFA following the resignation of David Lloyd Jones due to ill health.