Born July 1944, Mike spent all of his working life associated with engineering and machine tools. Following a five year engineering apprenticeship with Lucas CAV, in Acton, London, Mike spent a short time in a production environment setting and running a line of automatic lathes.
In 1966, Mike joined George Kingsbury, UK agents for a range of German machine tools. After initial training in the design office and showroom, an intense period of product training was carried out at the factory in Germany. On his return to UK, Mike embarked on 32 years as a field service engineer. This entailed all aspects of machine installation, demonstration and repair, throughout the UK and Ireland.
As the development of the machines progressed, so was the opportunity to train in new engineering skills , from mechanical, through electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and on to electronic and computerized control.
In 1998, Mike was invited to take on the position of service manager, based at the Gosport works. This role entailed supporting a team of eight field service engineers, providing technical support and problem diagnosis to UK customers. A large part of the role was consulting with five separate German factories on machine developments, documentation, and conducting regular visits to Germany. This close liaison with the German factories bought the added benefit of learning the language, especially “technical German”, Mike continued as manager until taking early retirement in 2007, at the age of 62.
Mike currently keeps fit with cycling, walking, Scottish Dancing and Tai Chi. He is secretary to the Swindon group of CTC (Cyclists Touring Club), organizing and leading their club rides.