Professor Tony Gillespie (BEng 1970, pictured above) retired in 2014 following an international career in radio-astronomy, microwave R&D and defence systems. He is a Visiting Professor in the Radar Group at University College London, undertaking research into the ethics of autonomous systems, with membership of several international committees. He currently advises the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts and other bodies on the control of autonomous weapon systems and published a book, Systems Engineering for Ethical Autonomous Systems in 2019 which is the first textbook in the field. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014. As there are only 14 FREng associated with Liverpool University and it is an honour to be elected as one.
Professor Lynne Hunt (née Hardy) (BA Hons Social Science 1970, pictured above, centre) recently met lifelong friend, classmate and fellow retiree, Professor Marilyn (Lyn) Durward (BA Hons Social Science 1970, pictured above, left), in Coventry. Lyn worked as Research and Policy Officer of the Maternity Alliance. She later served as an Investigator with the Commission for Local Administration - the local government ombudsman. She retrained and finished her career teaching English as a foreign language. Lynne taught sociology in universities in the UK and Australia and won the 2002 Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and the Australian Award for Teaching in the Social Sciences. She concluded her career as Professor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Southern Queensland.
Barry Lovius (MDS 1971) qualified BDS at Witwatersrand in 1954. In 1956 he came to England , working in dental practices, then after studying and working at The Eastman Hospital in Grays Inn Road, London, was successful in gaining FDS, RCS Eng & Edinburgh, and from there went to Liverpool as Registrar, then Senior Registrar, then Lecturer finally ending as Senior Lecturer. He then went on to become Consultant Orthodontist to Liverpool Health Authority. Barry retired from Liverpool in 1996, then spent four years working as Consultant Orthodontist (Locum) in Aberdeen.
Professor Emeritus Lal Chandrasena (BSc with Distinction 1972, BSc Hons Biochemistry 1973, PhD Biochemistry 1977) is an Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Conferred National Honour 'Vidya Jyothi' 2017 by his Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, for his scientific achievements. Presently, the Laboratory Director and Executive Member of the Board of Directors of Premier Hospital - Nawaloka Hospitals PLC, Colombo 02. He values his seven years of residential education at the University of Liverpool for his professional foundation for teaching and research.
Academy Professor William Clark (BSc Hons Physics with Materials Science 1972) retired in 2014 as Academy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. Former and founding Director of the University Central Electron Optics Facility (1980-89), and Associate Dean of the Graduate School (1995-2005).
Keith Phillips (BA Hons Geography 1972, pictured above) in his career as Chartered Surveyor Keith worked on many regeneration projects initially in London, including North Kensington and then Enfield. With his family he moved to the East Midlands in 1985 where he worked in Wellingborough and Corby both of which had suffered badly from the industrial decline of the early 1980s. Keith also became involved in the rejuvenation and remodelling of housing estates, the provision of community facilities and the housing expansion of both towns. Finally he was based in Cambridgeshire where he was responsible for the new Asset Management Plans introduced into Local Government as well as continuing to play a key role in many large developments such as a local health complex, cinema and leisure scheme etc. Keith retired in 2011 and moved to Exmouth in Devon. He is currently the secretary and trustee of a local charity, on the committee of another charity and volunteer for the National Trust. He is a keen walker, plays badminton and travels frequently. Recently he joined the twinning association and has made good friends with the German partners who he sees each year.
Muhammad Nusrat Saeed (MEng Power Plants & Related Studies 1972) started his careerr in 1967, as a Drilling Engineer in Oil and Gas, Marine Maintenance Engineer in Karachi Port Trust. Obtained MEng (1972) from Liverpool remained a visiting Lecturer in NED Eng College Karachi. After training in Japan (1973) worked as Manager & then Dy. Gen Manager Special Steel Production in Peoples Steel Mills Karachi, Joined Abu Dhabi Water Elect sector in 1981. Retired 2012 as Fuel Controller. Developed own Cangulf Engineering Company in UAE. Currently he works as a Consultant for Trade and Industry. Has several original Published Papers to his credit: www.cangulf.com. LinkedIn: M Nusrat Saeed.
Dr Ann Ap-Thomas (MBChB 1973, FRCR 1979) was consultant Radiologist at Aintree for 20 years. She is happily married with two children and two grandchildren, and both children live close by. She had a hip replacement in summer 2019 and is now rehabilitating to get back on the golf course for yet more frustrating rounds!
Jim Atkin (BEng Hons 1973) worked as a machinery engineer in the oil and gas industry in the UK, offshore North Sea, Europe, Brazil and South Africa. He witnessed machinery factory acceptance tests in vendors' works and on jobsites. Machinery included centrifugal and reciprocating pumps, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors and the normal package units used onshore and offshore in the industry. Jim retired in 2010.
Peter Davies (BEd Hons (Edge Hill College of Education) 1973) taught briefly and did a number of education-related jobs in research and publishing until he re-qualified as a barrister in 1982. Peter worked as in-house counsel for a large publishing house, before joining Microsoft in 1990 as its first lawyer outside the United States. Subsequently he was appointed European General Counsel for Apple and retired from that position in 2002. In the same year Peter was appointed to a research fellowship at Green College, Oxford, based at the Oxford Internet Institute. He currently acts as a director and board chairman of an exciting technology start up company.
Andrew Don (LLB 1973) did a Short Service Commision in the Parachute Regiment (1976-1979) before joining Blandy & Blandy LLP Reading Berkshire in 1979. He retired as Partner in 2018 and is now Consultant working four days week. Deputy District Judge since 2001 and sits mainly at Central Family Court London.Married to Margot with four grown up sons.
Nicholas Murray (BA Hons English 1973, pictured above) is a poet and literary biographer, his latest poetry collection, The Yellow Wheelbarrow (Melos Press) has just been published. It contains a sequence of 15 poems about Liverpool where he was born and brought up.
Jenny Parry (BA Hons Electrical Engineering 1973) worked for a few years in the UK, before moving to California with her husband and two children. She spent 35 years there before retiring in the UK in 2016. Coming back was a very interesting experience even though they visited many times over the years. Jenny made a pilgrimage back to Liverpool in 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Laurence Lee (LLB Hons 1973) qualified as a solicitor in 1973. He has never moved out of Liverpool and had his own high profile criminal practice, representing Jon Venables in the James Bulger case and regularly appearing on TV and radio. Laurence has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was 14 years old and has written an upbeat book which he aims to have published worldwide entitled Diabetes - a Piece of Cake.
Tim Handley (BEng Hons 1974) has retired to the Rame Peninsular in Cornwall, after a 35 year career as a consultant Subsea Engineer to oil majors. Highlights include numerous worldwide projects, the last 15 years being a subsea Technical Authority for Shell's Bonga Field offshore Lagos, West Africa. Current activities include sailing and wild water swimming.
Allen Hudson (BEd Hons 1974) received an MLitt in Practical Theology from University of St Andrews which added to his academic qualifications in 2017. Last year he moved house to Malvern, Worcestershire, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A truly stunning and uplifting place to live!
Dr Allan Jones (BEng Hons Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1974) is now in semi-retirement from his post as Senior Lecturer at the Open University.
Stephen Jones (BDS 1974 pictured above) along with his children Abigail (BA English & Hispanic Studies 2009, MA 2010) and Benjamin (BSc Psychology 2013) completed the Valencia 10K in December 2019 with his middle son, Christian, completing the full marathon. Stephen’s other son, Nathaniel (BSc Hons Tropical Disease Biology 2006, MSc 2007) had hoped to run the marathon but was unable to secure a place which was a shame as then there would have been a full house. Stephen was running in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of his late wife Christine (née Cain) (MBChB 1975), who sadly died of the disease in 2013.
Jon Gilbert (BA Hons Computational & Statistical Science 1974, pictured above) began his career in the UK as a PE & Maths Teacher before becoming an IT Business Analyst. He moved to Ottawa, Canada, for 14 years as a Global Computer Consultant, followed by six years in Tokyo, Japan, as a TESOL English Teacher and Communication Skills Trainer. He returned to London in 2003 with a Japanese wife and son, and still delivers IT Software and Soft Skills training in the UK and worldwide. He has just published his first children’s book, Tree Fellas: Olly Oak.
Joy Lawlor (née Howie) (BA Hons English 1974) is a retired art teacher. Retrained as an Art Therapist. Co-author of Geobritannica: Geological Landscapes and the British Peoples, Dunedin Press.
David Moody (BCom 1974) graduated in 1974 and joined Spicer and Pegler in Birmingham on an accountancy training contract. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1977, and was appointed a partner in 1986. The firm merged with Touche Ross, now Deloitte in about 1989/90, and he left in 1993 to join Neville Russell, now Mazars, in Birmingham. David left there in 1996 and after three years of self employed working, mainly for one of the Mazars clients he had acted for. He joined ICAEW and has worked there since in the Professional Conduct Department, primarily on the investigation of audit complaints. He is now semi-retired from 1 Jan 2018 and now works three days a week for ICAEW, and spend my time walking, cycling and watching cricket /rugby (Worcester Warriors) depending on the season.
Susan Murray (née Guest) (BA Hons History 1974, pictured above) after working in archives, libraries and the civil service, Susan spent more than seven years in company administration at the National Theatre, London. She qualified as a solicitor in the 1990s, specialising in personal injury and occupational health and safety law. At the time of her retirement in 2018 she was a National Health and Safety Adviser for the trade union Unite. She is currently working on global trade union projects, and has been appointed a visiting tutor to Ruskin College, Oxford. Susan runs a poetry pamphlet imprint, Rack Press, with her husband and fellow Liverpool graduate, the writer Nicholas Murray.
Siew Ik Chen (BEng 1975) studied Engineering at Liverpool, starting with Electrical and Electronics before switching to Mechanical Engineering.
Mark Moore (BA Hons 20th Century History 1975, pictured above) is now retired following career that spanned four decades, in customer-facing, middle and senior management roles in commercial, statutory and voluntary sectors. He became experienced in small and large-scale staff management, held regional and national roles in service delivery, communications, policy and service development. Mark managed large budgets, vetted tenders, bid for funding, led and/or implemented high value projects, negotiated deals with unions.
Edwina Parker (BA Hons Music 1975) is about to retire after nearly 30 years running her own Management & Organisational Development and Executive Coaching Consultancy. Worked initially for the Open University and then the Regional Arts Association for Lincolnshire & Humberside. Retired in 2016 after 24 years as a Magistrate including periods as Chair of the Bench Training and Development Committee and Chair of the Humber Area Courts Board. Currently a Trustee and Director of Helmsley Walled Garden. Singing member of Beverley Chamber Choir, occasional chamber music performer and frequent attender at opera, chamber music and orchestral concerts in the UK and Europe.
Dr Graham Barker (BDS 1976, pictured left) was pleased to be one of 14 successful candidates that took over the Rainhill Parish Council in May 2019. He forced an election for the first time in 40 years and defeated all of the incumbents. They are all under the banner of Independents and also two of their number now also serve on St Helens Borough Council. He was delighted to serve as the first Independent Chairman of the Council, and is looking to make substantial improvements for the local community.
Romesh Gunesekera (BA Hons Combined Honours 1976) has a new novel, his 10th, Suncatcher, published by Bloomsbury: www.romeshgunesekera.com.
Ann Mundy (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1976, PhD Biochemistry 1980) worked as a research assistant for Unilever at Colwoth house in Bedfordshire. After 12 months she left to return to Liverpool, married and commenced a PhD working for George Brittan. Her research was into the stereochemistry of carotenoid biosynthesis. After graduating Ann joined Bass brewers at the Runcorn brewery in 1980 as a management trainee. After 10 years she moved to the Bass HQ in Burton on Trent where she worked within the Quality Assurance team holding various roles and rising to a senior manager position. She travelled extensively in the US and Canada, when Bass was sold to Coors and then Molson Coors to work with the quality teams in their HQs to establish a common Quality Management System. Ann was also chairman of the European Brewing Convention Analysis Committee and was awarded a Fellowship from the Institute and Guild of Brewers. She retired in 2010 after 30 years with the same company and now enjoys playing music and travelling with her husband in their caravan and has two married daughters.
Brenda Smith (BA Hons Social Studies 1976, pictured above) went on to get a DipSW and CQSW at Leeds after leaving Liverpool. She worked full time apart from short breaks to have her sons and chose the field of children and families. A tough area but it was great working with talented and dedicated professionals. She became a team manager but chose not to go further into management, instead moving sideways to become an IRO (independent reviewing officer). Brenda is now retired and busy doing voluntary work, travelling to see family and friends and enjoying life!
Robert Stevenson (BA Hons English 1976) has two grandchildren: Leah May Hompstead born 01/01/2018 and Seth William Hompstead born 03/07/2019. Robert is now retired.
David Dunkley (BSc Hons Zoology 1977) was a salmon fishery biologist at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Montrose, until 1996, undertaking research into the population dynamics of Atlantic salmon in the River North Esk. Inspector of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries for Scotland from 1996 until retirement in 2008, combining the post with Head of Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Policy from 2001 until 2008. Received an OBE for services to salmon and freshwater fisheries and conservation in 2009 New Year's Honours. Now volunteer as a Public Partner with Healthcare Improvement Scotland. President of Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society.
Paul Kearney (BSc Hons Mathematical Physics 1977, pictured left) completed a PhD at Durham University and a long career in industry with British Aerospace, Sharp and BT, Paul is now part time Professor of Cybersecurity at Birmingham City University. In theory at least, this leaves time to explore other professional opportunities and revive personal interests. He is married to Ann, whom he met at Durham, and they have two grown-up daughters and a young granddaughter.
Robert Baybutt (PhD Botany 1978) retired after more than 30 years in the Pharmaceutical industry. Running Phase I clinical research for multiple compounds was his main job. Now he is reading and looking at ways to improve the climate for future generations. He believes that more education and focus needs to be placed on the life-threatening crisis that we face. His generation's legacy should be we helped the earth not destroyed it!
Alun Davies (MBChB 1978, BSc Hons 1979) after leaving Liverpool, Alun did a PhD at London University. He has held appointments as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Neurobiology in London University and Professorships in St. Andrews University, Edinburgh University and Cardiff University. He was elected FRSE in 2000, Member of EMBO in 2000, FMedSci in 2010 and FRS in 2011. Alun has two sons, Sam and Thomas, with the lovely Christina.
Alan Timothy (BSc Hon Microbiology 1978) has enjoyed a varied career, starting with Ford, then the pharmaceutical industry, before completing an MBA at UCLA and an MSC in Maths at UCL Dublin. In 1992 Alan started a data analysis company, a field he has worked in ever since, he has built and sold three companies, two to Nasdaq quoted US corporations, so has spent a lot of time in the US. Alan currently runs an AI startup providing price optimisation solutions in the UK and Europe. He was recently made a Visiting Fellow to the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) at Newcastle University.
Richard Cooper (BA Architecture Hons 1975, BArch Hons 1979) is living in Oslo Norway - www.ack.no.
Harpal Purba (BSc Hons Biochemistry 1979, PhD Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics 1984, pictured right) after a fabulous career in Pharmaceutical R&D spanning 30 years, Harpal now serves as an Executive Adviser.
Reverend Brenda Jacqueline Stober (BSc 1979, pictured left) received her MA in Theology and Ministry from Durham in 2019, which she thoroughly enjoyed.