I am a recently retired Chartered Engineer, married to a charity director, with two adult children and two young grandsons who we see often. My wife and I met at church in 1967 and married in 1974.
I spent 16 years in the Royal Air Force as an engineer officer - my final job was in charge of the routine servicing of the UK fleet of the Harrier "jump-jet" aircraft in the early 90s. After leaving the RAF I worked for IBM in analysis of data for a new RAF IT system, and this was followed by working for Network Rail in a similar sort of role. In that time I also volunteered as treasurer of both a church and a small charity working in Africa.
Before retiring I was churchwarden for five years at a Grade II* listed church where I developed my interest in maintaining the church, as well as being treasurer of another small charity working in Africa. Since retiring early, I have restored an old Grade II listed limestone house solely using traditional techniques and materials, and have gained much experience on the practicalities of re-ordering and maintenance of two more churches, one Grade I listed and the other a Grade II* listed chapel. In my six years as churchwarden here, we did four major projects on the larger church, two of which were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Other interests include flying a small aeroplane, and aviation history.
"Rotas, Rules and Rectors - How to thrive as a Churchwarden" is intended to help the churchwardens of the Anglican church to thrive rather than merely survive in the role. I suspect many people refuse to accept nomination because of a fear of the unknown; others accept nomination and then wish they hadn't when they discover what the job entails! No-one seems to put any boundaries to the job, and existing books focus more on the legal responsibilities of the role than the practicalities. This book will help them to do it better once elected, by illustrating both the scope and the details of the role, based on my knowledge and experiences. It is my hope that this book will help the right candidates to be elected and then to be able to do the job more effectively.
Church Times published a review on 22 March 2019 which included "In all the years that I was a parish priest and then an archdeacon, I would have loved to have this book to thrust into the hands of a new churchwarden or someone considering standing for election."