BSc Civil Engineering, 1960
Indentured Engineer, W & C French Building Contractors.
Retired (Occasional Mediator)
Site Engineer – responsible for ensuring construction complied with contract drawings and specification.
Acting as an Expert Witness – it was a constant intellectual challenge. I also have gained great satisfaction in acting as a Mediator in assisting parties to resolve their disputes.
The modernisation of the VSEL Shipyard, Barrow in Furness, in order to build the Trident Submarines and in particular watching the first Trident negotiating the dock system.
Maintain a sensible balance between study and socialising whilst at University and gain varied experience in the first years of your career before deciding what to do with your life.
The reputation of the University and my impressions when going for my interview.
Meccano had always been my favourite toy!
Meeting my future wife, Vanda Blois, in the Engineering Drawing Office on my first day at University! I will always remember working on preparations for the “Engineers Ball” and travelling through France and Spain with fellow Engineers in the “Toastrack”.
It was so close to both the sea and splendid countryside.
Maintaining a happy marriage fast approaching fifty years. Career wise: being elected a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Yes. Vanda and I regularly meet with five friends from the University and we correspond with several more. Professor Richard Cardwell, with whom I roomed in our first year and who had a distinguished academic career, will be coming to stay with us with his wife, another University Graduate, and in November 2011 we visited Roger Rugless, a fellow Southampton Civil Engineer, and his wife in Australia.
Enjoyable. Excellent. Creative.