At school, I chose Design Technology as one of my subject options for GCSE. I loved it. Due to my passion, DT teacher at the time allowed me to undertake an after school project. I made a remote control wired hovercraft out of polystyrene boards and balsa wood.
From there my interests in making models flourished. I built my first radio controlled trainer aircraft which ran on a glow engine. I joined the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) and joined my local model flying club – Chingford Model Flying Club which I undertook hours of radio controlled flying.At 6th form, my school didn’t offer DT for A-level so I chose to do A-level Graphical Communications instead. I loved it, it allowed me to hone my 2D design skills and to be able to communicate my ideas effectively in 2D.
At University, I undertook a degree in BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design which was a 4 year course that included an industrial placement. This took place at London South Bank University. It was the best 4 years of my life. With the culmination of my degree, I designed and built a multi-adjustable airport trolley. My degree built on my interests of product design and engineering and technology.Due to financial reasons, it wasn’t until I got married to my wife, who is also a teacher, that I got the opportunity to go back to University and undertake my PGCE Post-16 in Design Technology and Engineering. I had the opportunity to attend one of the best Education Departments in the country (second to Cambridge University) at the University of Huddersfield. I became a Design Technology and Engineering teacher because I wanted to make a difference and more importantly I believe I have a great deal of subject knowledge to pass onto the next generation of designers and engineers. The subject is so important to the UK’s economy as it trains up the next generation of Product Designers and Engineers. Product Designers and Engineers are an asset to the economy as they are responsible for the objects, products, and civil constructions around us.