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Chairman Probus Association of the Western Cape

Born and educated in Cape Town, matriculating at St. Joseph’s College in Rondebosch.

Married to Lesley (the daughter of a senior SAAF officer and pilot who flew in WW2 and Korea) with 2 sons, Roy, currently a first officer with Emirates Airline based in Dubai, and Alastair who has a computer business (an occupation which his father has no understanding of whatsoever) in Cape Town.

Joined the South African Air Force (SAAF) straight from school becoming a chef during National Service followed the next year by pilot training at Langebaanweg.  Primarily a helicopter pilot further qualifying as an instructor and test pilot specialising in maritime helicopter operations.

Left the SAAF after 23 years’ service.  Spent the next four as marketing manager/demo pilot of a helicopter company based at Lanseria followed by seven years in the restaurant industry.

Re-joined the SAAF for a further 8 years, 4 years of which were spent in the UK as the Project Officer for the SAAF’s Lynx Maritime Helicopter acquisition programme.  Shortly after returning from the UK retired to live in Langebaan.

Joined the Probus Club of the West Coast (Cape) 8 years ago, spent 5 years there including 2 as Club President,followed by a year with Tokai Men and is currently a member of the Langebaan Club.

Has served on the Executive of the Probus Association of the Western Cape (PAWC) for five years, three as secretary and, since the AGM in June of last year, is the Chairman of the PAWC and, resulting from that position, is also a member of the Probus Council of Southern Africa, albeit at a distance seeing that the Council duties currently reside with the Probus Association of Gauteng South, based in Johannesburg.  He has just represented the PAWC at last month’s Council meeting in Jo’burg.