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I always wanted to work with my hands designing and making things. I had a five year apprenticeship and worked my way up, and left age 28 to become a self-employed toolmaker and was the general manager three years later. We specialised in EDM sparking and wire erosion and were one of the first to introduce CNC machines in the area along with CAD design & CAM machining. My career highlights have been parts on the International Space Station, on Mars and being involved in designing and building parts that improved and advanced future manufacturing. My involvement with local education has also been a high point, being part of the team to bring a UTC to Doncaster to produce the future engineers we so desperately need.