I left the CGS in 1958 and joined
Sheffield Corporation Water Works as a trainee Civil Engineer.I took an
external degree set by the Imperial College,London via a Sandwich course
at Sheffield Polytechnic. Fortunately there was plenty of design and site
construction work to pursue in particular linked to the Yorkshire Derwent
Scheme.This was a new major source of water brought from near York to Sheffield
I left Sheffield in 1968 and joined a large firm of Consulting Engineers in Manchester. I stayed there until 1976 having qualified as a Chartered Civil Engineer. My final project was design & construction of the Carsington Dam in Derbyshire. However when the project was stopped after a Public Enquiry I left to work with North West Water. The dam has since been constructed.
I stayed with NWW until I retired in December 2006 as Regional Water Assets Manager.
I was awarded an M.B.E. in 1997
following my work in ensuring continuity of supplies despite the drought
I married my wife Chris in 1968
and we have a son, Neil, who unfortunately suffers from cerebral palsy.
This condition required Chris to give up her job as a teacher to care for
I help run a local charity which provides housing and care for local disabled adults.
I kept up my sporting interests over many years, in particular playing football at semi professional level and also league cricket. My time currently is dominated by the charity and looking after my son and I spend free time fly or coarse fishing plus going on monthly walks with my retired work colleagues.
I have recently found some time to start tracking down some of my old school friends and am hoping to contact a sufficient number to set up a reunion event.
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