Upper Second Masters Degree (Honours) (M.Eng) in Mechanical
Engineering from Nottingham University. (1989)
I came top in second year design and our third year group design
project, a design for a wind powered water pump, won the University's
Ford Motor Company Design Prize.
I am Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. I
am applying for full (Chartered) Membership.
I also have a Master of Business Administration (with Distinction!)
collected after three year's part time study at Hull Business School.
I also passed Open University courses in Software Engineering and
Mechatronics (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence).
British Aerospace (Military Aircraft Division), Brough, East
Yorkshire. October 1989 - November 2000.
A Leading Design Engineer in the Aerodynamic Design Department at
British Aerospace Brough where I worked for the
eleven years after leaving university.
My ultimate role was as the Aerodynamics office
representative on various project teams and a Hawk Project role -
a 'Cost Account Manager' - leading a team specifying and purchasing an
external fuel tank from Canada for the
Hawk aircraft we supplied to Canada.
My technical past in the office involved the
deriving of loads from wind tunnel and CFD
(Computational Fluid Dynamics) for the Aircraft and Stores (pylons, fuel
tanks, weapons), and the trajectories of fuel tanks and weapons when
they are released from aircraft.
In my spare time, I supported
the Brough stores clearance team mainly on the
computing side, programming and the use of the
specialist stores clearance software.
Early in my BAe career I was the airframe
design representative at the flight trials of our development aircraft,
responsible for ensuring that the aircraft did not exceed defined loads.
This involved liaising with other design staff, the flight test
organisation and the test pilots, also for monitoring
flight instrument telemetry during the
flight and ensuring that design loads were not exceeded. I also wrote
flight test data post processing software to take the results from the
aircraft, analyse, present and store them.
In late 1993 I represented the company in the Middle East during a five
week problem solving exercise. This gave me an excellent opportunity to
discover the way our customers - pilots and ground crew - view and use
I developed software methods (in Matlab, Fortran,
C and C++) that reduced
the design time of an aircraft, putting to good use the knowledge
learned in my Open University Software
Engineering course. At the end of 1994 I wrote a well-received user
guide to a major piece of Military Aircraft Software that had been
supplied with an incomprehensible set of instructions, I
then supervised the placing of this document
on an cross site intranet.
I held the part time position of Quality Co-ordinator within the
department for four years and was responsible for ensuring that the
department continued to meet the requirements of ISO 9000 (BS 5750).
This involved liaising with customer and supplier departments. I was the
first winner of the Technical Directorate Quality Award. I was appointed
Software Quality Co-ordinator in January 1995 to look specifically at
Software Quality issues and was asked to
produce a Task Management System for the BAe/Saab Gripen project.
As a British Aerospace ISO 9000 and 9000-3 (software) assessor I led an
audit team through the Technical Function at Brough during 1995
examining the whole process from estimating to the Release to Service of
I was also involved in the definition
and documentation of the processes and tools, including I.T.
requirements that would be needed used for the Gripen project at Brough,
interfacing the site to Saab in Sweden. This
task foundered through IT funding issues at BAe, and in particular
complications of interfacing two completely different National / NATO
In 1994 I took over the IT management of
the office, identifying and specifying the
office IT requirements and navigating the
incredibly complicated purchase system that BAe had
set up with its IT supplier CSC.
From this I graduated to "IT Project
Manager - Aerodynamics Military Aircraft and Aerostructures". In this
role I was responsible for managing the IT
purchases for the Aerodynamics office across all four of
the Military Aircraft sites - supporting all
of the aircraft and research projects.
Unfortunately my move into the role occurred at almost exactly the same
time as the removal of the Aerodynamics budgets, and I spend most of my
time saying why we couldn't buy equipment,
rather than giving permission.
In the last three years at BAe most of my
time however was spent working with the NFTC
Hawk project, acting as the Aerodynamics Office representative - and
acting as Cost Account Manager (Project Manager) for the NFTC Centreline
Tank - an additional external fuel tank that would
be one of the major changes on this Hawk aircraft (the Mk 115).
It was a very useful
project for me, giving me an even better overview of the overall
aircraft design process than could have been achieved working in any
other team on Hawk or Gripen - covering Design, Structures, Flight
(Mechanical Systems), Aerodynamics, Project Management, Technical
Publications, Ground Equipment, Customer Support, Purchasing and
Engineering. Quite an exposure! An early decision in the project was to
vendor purchase the tank and I represented the technical
organisation three times at the vendor's premises in Montreal, on two
occasions leading a small technical team from BAe,
the other time having to do the job all by myself.
However, it was the experience of the centreline
tank and impending job cuts on the Hawk project at BAE SYSTEMS, coupled
with a fateful episode of Tomorrow's World, that made me apply for
voluntary redundancy (I didn't get it and had to resign instead!) and
set up my own business instead.
The episode of Tomorrow's World showed an
apparently new cleaning system being used to clean boats, this neatly
fitted into our family interest in restoring yachts, and also into our
family office cleaning business. As I am currently in legal dispute with
my franchisor of this 'new' cleaning system, he shall not get the
benefit of being mentioned by name on this web page. It can be said
though that my company Greenleaf Contractors Ltd are in partnership with
three other companies (the Ashrose Group) that continue to offer the
same services that we did when all working as franchisees.
I also worked for two family companies - the Clean Water
Company Ltd. which manufactured water purification systems for the
market garden industry and small scale sewage treatment plants, and the
Chemical Company Ltd. who are the sole UK importers of GRAF Epoxy
resins. In both companies I was involved in
designing, manufacturing, installing and commissioning plant. I provide
IT support another family company, a contract cleaning franchise.
Software, Computing and Robotics
I have strong interests in software development. I have programmed in
DELPHI, BASIC, FORTRAN, MATLAB, C and C++. I am interested in using
computers for basic robotics and simple control applications. I have
used my home PC for software development, database development and some
robotics. I have produced a yacht restoration club year book, and the
user guide for the BAe software. I have constructed
various specialist database applications for the family companies.
As a family we have a fleet of six sailing yachts, all in various
states of disrepair. In 1992 my father and I restored a clinker built
1904 Humber Yawl and took it to a boat festival in France. We also have
a 25' 1930 Clyde Canoe Club Yawl and a 30' 1929 yawl.
Occasionally we find the time to sail them, mainly on the river Humber.
We have well-equipped wood and metal workshops at home and have
constructed several trailers as well as restoring the boats.
Clay and Game Shooting
Although disapproved of by my colleagues at British Aerospace, I
took up Clay Pigeon and Game (Rough) shooting.
I took my dogs beating for many years on a shoot near Scarborough, and
after some time of feeling that I could shoot better than many of the
guns on the shoot, decided to take some lessons - then join them.
I enrolled in Bill Walker's shooting school at Bygot wood in Cherry
Burton, home of the East Yorkshire Gun Club - and an international clay
shooting ground. After a year or two of abuse
and coaching from Bill "nothing to shooting, just look at the target,
mount the gun and pull the trigger" Walker, I rate
myself as a 'fair' shot.
Whether it is politically correct or not, I get immense pleasure from
spending a day with my dogs rough shooting on the fields and woods at
Scarborough and Pickering. Our standard prey are rabbits and pheasants,
with the occasional partridge. Most days however are spent without
firing a shot, walking many miles over muddy fields or through pine
trees then standing looking cold and bemused as all the game outwit our
cunning plans and escape until another day!