Gill Calvin Thomas
After a career in social work, I became an OU tutor and a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University.
In Retirement I'm deeply involved in community work. Apart from Chairing U3A, I'm a Governor at a local school and help students with their reading.
I am an active member of Swanage Action for Refugees and I am active in local politics.
I was an HR Manager for 35 years in the television, engineering, aviation and water industries and have lived for some time in South Africa, Germany and Spain.
The early years of my retirement were spent cruising the French Waterways in a Dutch barge, and since relocating to Purbeck I have resumed writing, mainly short fiction.
I am a semi retired tax consultant having worked for various accounting firms most of my working life and recently an investment management company.
My connections go back to childhood holidays but I settled in Wareham in 2016 to be near my mother, Dot Kerridge (a long standing member herself, now aged 97).
Originally from Somerset, I have now lived in Dorset for 40 years.
After a career in procurement for various engineering and electronic companies, I jointly ran two small businesses with my husband Steve.
I love cooking, walking, cycling, rock music and reading.
I retired to Wareham in 2009 having completed 45 years of hard labour working in various managerial roles for an American multi-national company.
Joining Purbeck U3A soon after I found myself volunteered as a Leader of the newly formed Mah Jong Group. Not much later I joined its committee and have happily participated in several of our groups along the way.
Born in Hertfordshire I moved to Dorset in 1988 and Purbeck in 2016.
I have spent my working life in various forms of Sales initially in the Motor Trade and more recently as a Kitchen and Bedroom Designer and Salesman.
I have used computers since the mid 1980's at work and had my first home PC in 1990.
I moved to the lovely Isle of Purbeck in 2012 having spent many holidays in the area.
My background is in Banking and childcare.
I come from a family of Master Mariners, but chose a career in Telecommunications.
Travelled and worked extensively in Africa, Middle East and Asia, before becoming General Manager of a company manufacturing telecommunications equipment for the railway industry.
My career was spent in the Hospitality Industry running Hotel and Restaurant Businesses in the U.K. and overseas.
After retirement I have been involved in School Governor roles and Business Education interface issues on Chamber of Commerce Boards and the former Learning and Skills Council.
I joined Purbeck U3A in 2013 and am currently a Leader of the Table Tennis Group as well as responsible for liaising with those Members who don't have emails to alert them to forthcoming activities.
I have been and remain an active member of several groups.
On joining the BBC from Rank Cinemas, I first became an Engineer based at Broadcasting House, London. After 5 years in Radio, I moved to BBC-tv, working at the London TV Centre and Ealing Studios on Sound Design.
I had three BAFTA nominations for this and worked on many popular drama series and documentaries during my 31 years there.
Originally from Birmingham, I took a French degree and then worked for RoSPA and in Emergency Planning, until we decamped to Hong Kong for three years.
I served in the Royal Naval Reserve for 28 years, some full-time, a useful distraction when widowed twenty-five years ago. My final job was in education in the Probation Service.