Windsor Probus Club Committee 2019/20
I was born in 1938 and raised on Teesside. I was educated at Middlesbrough High School, from where I went to Leeds University, graduating in Maths and Physics in 1959. I joined IBM UK in 1960 and worked for them until 1993 when I took early retirement. During this period I worked overseas in South Africa, Paris twice and Rome and travelled extensively in North America and Europe. On retirement my wife and I moved to Datchet where we still live.
From 1993 to 2003, I lectured part time at Brunel University’s Uxbridge and Engelfield Green campuses in Mathematics. I have been a Datchet Parish Councillor and served as its Chairman from 2001 to 2003. I continue to take an active interest in local politics. I am also a trustee and currently Chairman of a Datchet based charity call the Barker Bridge House Trust.
I was born in 1946 and spent my early years in Teddington, Middlesex. I went to Thames Valley Grammar School before joining Barclays Bank Plc. During the next 30 years I worked at various branches in South West London before becoming Branch Manager at Tooting Broadway.
On leaving the Bank I worked as Bursar at Upton House School before joining Winkfield Parish Council as Finance Officer.
I was Treasurer of the Friends of Windsor Hospital for over 35 years and also became a Non-Executive Director of Attend, a national charity looking after groups across the country. I was made an MBE in 2006 for my charity work.
I have lived in Windsor since 1977 and joined Probus in 2008.
John joined BOAC (later British Airways) as a Facilities Engineer, responsible for providing plant and equipment required by the Engineering Division. Later he moved into Production Engineering and even Engineering Accounting. He retired in 2000 and now tends his allotment and tries to stay in touch with the aviation industry. He has lived in Windsor since 1971 and joined Probus in 2004.
Born and first educated in Rotherham, I then moved on to Birmingham University where I gained a BSc in Electrical Engineering and as a bonus, met my wife Margaret. This led to a Graduate Apprenticeship with the Yorkshire Electricity Board.
In 1969 we moved south to Windsor and I joined the Petrochemical Industry with Foster Wheeler.
With the discovery of oil and gas in the North Sea in 1974, I joined a company of 10 people called Protech International just starting up in this fledgling industry. Over the next 25 years I went up the ranks to become Managing Director with some 10 subsidiary companies set up all over the world wherever oil and gas was produced, with a peak of over 750 employees.
In 1999 I assisted in selling the company and took early retirement at the age of 57. I retrained as a magistrate and was a Chairman of the bench until mandatory retirement at 70. We have two adult children, a vet and a solicitor and four grandchildren and spend our retirement in amateur dramatics, travelling, gardening and catching up with family and friends.
Alastair joined Probus in 2008 after a career in the Civil Service and working as an independent consultant. Although born in Scotland, Alastair has lived in Windsor for over 40 years. On retirement he joined Probus and found it to be an ideal forum to meet and dine with old and new friends. Alastair served as Chairman in 2015/16.
Immediate Past Chairman
Norman was born on 9th March 1928 in West Cumberland (now Cumbria). He joined STC and soon spent a year in Switzerland working on a multi-channel microwave link demonstration from Berne to Geneva via a repeater station on the Jura Mountains. He then joined EMI Electronics working on defence electronics and proximity fusing systems. He spent a year in Australia, including many visits to Woomera and then worked on a UK Naval anti-submarine guided missile system. He has lived in Windsor for 58 years, plays golf at the Royal Ascot Club and enjoys gardening.