By profession I’m a Metallurgist, and have worked in the Oil/Gas/Petrochemical industry since I graduated from UMIST in 1979. For the last 5 or so years I’ve also managed the Mechanical Engineering department in the London office. I’m a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
Outside work, my two main interests are music and archery.
I’m a Level 2 ArcheryGB coach, and Chairman of Reigate Priory Bowmen. You can read more about the club if you click the link.
As a musician, I was previously a soloist/cantor at SS Peter & Paul RC church in Mitcham, and then progressed to conducting the senior choir and eventually, after the death of the previous organist, I started playing for Masses using the JW Walker pipe organ which was built in the 1950s. Having moved to Our Lady of Assumption, I now play the church’s Johannus Opus 5 organ for the 10am Mass and other major masses when I’m available (I work full time in London during weekdays). For home practice I’ve recently acquired a Ringway RS480EU organ, replacing my old Technics U50. Neither has a full pedalboard so I tend not to play pedals in church except for a few very simple hymns, but the Ringway has a fuller set so I’m trying to improve my pedal skills slowly. I also have an old Yamaha PSR400 portable keyboard which I bought new over 20 years ago.
I also play the guitar, though am out of practice – I own a Squier Standard Stratocaster, and a nice 12 string acoustic which currently isn’t playable as the bridge needs re-glueing. As a family we own several other guitars, but the organ takes most of my practice time these days.