BSc Electronic Engineering, 1973
Self-employed as developer and manufacturer of a novel form of burglar alarm for schools.
Responsible for all aspects of product design and delivery. Learnt some of the skills of running a business.
I have two overlapping part time roles:
(a) Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University.
(b) Technical Director of spin out company Exergy Devices Ltd.
I am responsible for the research behind a “smart home” energy control system known as Wattbox. These roles have allowed me to develop expertise in energy-related R&D.
I think my current combination of University and SME is my favourite.
Firstly, the de-unionisation of GCHQ in 1984 forced me to move into commercial consultancy and took my career in a new direction. Secondly, doing a part-time PhD in energy systems with De Montfort University opened up my current career direction.
As an employee of GCHQ I was personally commended in 1982 by the Foreign Secretary for my contribution to the Falklands War. I’m also proud of some of my recent published energy-related work.
Look for opportunities to initiate your own start-up business, particularly before or after your family responsibilities become onerous. It is good fun and great experience.
I liked building electronic stuff as a teenager so I knew it would hold my interest.
Perfectly – I have used that knowledge throughout and still refer to the textbooks I bought.
For engineering subjects it offers a really rigorous grounding with the right compromise between breadth and depth which provides the knowledge and confidence to tackle the range of projects and issues that arise in a professional career.
Choose your course carefully and then go for it!
To stay in research as long as possible.
Yes, for my stepsons’ MSc and PhD graduations.
I read the Hartley News with interest.