The talks I offer reflect some of the knowledge gained and experiences enjoyed in two very different aspects of my ‘working’ life.
I worked in the aerospace industry for over 30 years – building and testing satellites and spacecraft. That took me to launch sites around the world, the most memorable perhaps being a launch campaign at the Russian site at Baikonur in Kazakhstan – with the UK’s Beagle2 Mars Probe.
That done, I took early retirement but became heavily involved with the British Schools Museum in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. I managed the museum (as a volunteer) for 3 years, and was a Trustee for 6 years. There, I developed a love of local history, acquired an in-depth knowledge of the early history of elementary education, and became an advocate of lifelong learning.
About my talks...
Talks are all fully illustrated as Powerpoint presentations. I have talked to many diverse groups in the Home Counties and East Anglia, but I moved to North Somerset in 2015, and I’m keen to make contact with appropriate groups and venues in the West Country.
I talk for enjoyment, not to make a profit, but in order to keep equipment up to date I respectfully ask for a fee of £1 a head in the audience, starting at £40. Outside of the North Somerset / Bristol area please add a contribution of 30p per mile for travel costs.
I prefer to bring a memory stick and use your projection equipment, but as a minimum I need a screen or a plain white wall to project on. Try me for short notice talks!