I left secondary modern school in 1951 at the age of 15, and started work at D. Napier & Son Ltd. Luton Flight Development Establishment (FDE). I served a 5 year student apprenticeship, which included training and experience in all departments involved in the FDE’s operation. On completion of my apprenticeship I served 2 years in the Instrument Department.
In 1959 I left Napier’s, and started work at De Haviland Propellers Ltd. on Guide Missile Flight Trials. This involved travelling to many RAF, Navy, and production establishments. In 1964 I transferred to a new division of what by then was Hawker Siddeley Dynamics.
The Electron Beam Welding Division, which built Electron Beam Welding Machines for industry at large, both at home and abroad. However, most of the machines where, and are still involved with aircraft engine manufacture.
I served as Product support Manager until 1983. At this time Hawker Siddeley decided that Electron Beam no longer formed part of their core business. As a result I took over the business which I still run today.
I joined Napier Power Heritage Trust in 2000 and was elected to the executive committee in 2001. I now look after sales of the Trust’s memorabilia etc. You will find me at nearly all show events the Trust attends. I also organise the annual Napier Luton reunions.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org