I was employed by several International companies within the Rubber & Plastics Industry spanning a period of 51 years. My last 28 years were spent with the ENI group of Italy where I was responsible for Sales and Marketing.
A member of The Plastics & Rubber Institute and later The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining for over 40 years and currently The Chairman of the affiliated Manchester Polymer Group. I have always maintained an interest in education and have been Chairman of several school governing bodies, including Standbridge Lane School and Hendal Lane School both in Wakefield. I was also a Governor at Manygates School, Wakefield. I remain a school governor at Hendal Lane J & I School in Wakefield. My governorships cover a period of more than 20 years. I was elected to The Wakefield Metropolitan District Council from 1984 to 1992 and again from 2000 to 2011. During this time I served on the Education Committee and during the period from 2000 to 2011 I was Chairman of The Lifelong Learning Overview and Scrutiny Committee.
Our local High School has just appointed a STEM coordinator and I intend bringing all the schools in the pyramid together so that younger children can benefit from learning about Science, engineering and technology at an earlier age while supporting the current work in the classrooms in line with the National Curriculum. Hendal Lane has appointed me mentor and support to the Science and technology teacher working with 7 to 11 year old children.
The Manchester Polymer Group has bought a 3D printer which it intends to loan to schools in the North West of England in order to promote our initiative off offering hands on experience to pupils in conjunction with educational programmes and our sponsorship of STEM.
I retired from business 3 years ago but that has only given me more time to help develop the talents of the next generation of Scientists, Technologists and those entering the Plastics and Rubber Industries as a career option.
Chairman of The Manchester Polymer Group
Ultimaker are offering a valuable resource to schools and colleges with the introduction of The Ultimaker 3D printing machines. This gives students the ability to design and create projects that can be produced before their eyes while stretching their imagination and developing their skill with the use of simple hands on technology.
Ultimaker do not just supply machines but provide full technical support, training and online creative projects that can provide a starting point for those trying the technology for the first time. The create programme is regularly updated by Ultimaker and new ideas are shared with anyone who can log in to their website. The Ultimaker staff are knowledgeable and truly dedicated to the work that they do. They can provide whatever backup, support or service the schools and students may require. It has always been a pleasure to work with them and it will be very interesting to see what the future hold for us all.