Meet the Team – Trevor De Wilde
April 2, 2012 Leave a comment
My previous contribution to the ‘Meet The Team’ feature was back in 2002. My role in the company then was as Sales Director having already covered a number of other Company Director roles in Micromech Systems Ltd our manufacturing division.
Firstly, It is most pleasing for me to announce with this update that Micromech Ltd has now been operating for 30 years. I have worked here for 25 of those.
Quite a lot has changed since 2002 as you might expect. Without change we do not progress so it is all good news really.
From the commercial viewpoint the advancement of technology has been most impressive and radically affected the type of products we are selling. Most electronic control systems are completely software based now thanks to the development in the semiconductor processing market of Video Game Stations and i-Phones etc. I am so pleased with the photographic capability of my i-phone 4 that it has become a little obsessive for me. The editing and enhancement ‘apps’ allow magnification and clarity possibilities which would credit a professional photographer…so I have included some recent examples below.
Back in the 1970’s when I worked for RCA Solid State and Motorola Semiconductors the development of solid state products was mainly driven by the Space Race and Military developments so maybe a more acceptable change in that field of technology. For those of you who have the mental agility to recall some of my last ‘meet the team’ entry I am still living in Waltham Abbey normally renowned for traffic jams at junction 26 of the M25 (Magic Roundabout). It is soon to become famous for the 2012 Olympic White Water Centre where all of the canoeing events will be staged. Fool as I am at the age of 64, I have booked a trial run on the white water rapids with five other mad people (younger than myself I expect), so may well have experienced that by the time you are reading this.
We also have the Olympic torch coming through the town on July 7th en route to the new stadium. The grave of King Harold is shown to be in the grounds of Waltham Abbey, and that is about it for our small town. Alas our tabby cat ‘Tibbles’ who I mentioned in the last effort is no longer with us, in physical form that is, so she is keeping King Harold company……somewhere nearby……say no more!!!
As you may have noticed I am not setting myself up for a new career move at this stage of my life, but rather looking forward to spending more time with my wife Mandy and pursuing my latest hobbies etc. which include (but are not limited to):-
|Painting: (water-colour and acrylic)||Some exhibits shown below.|
|i-Phone Photography:||Some exhibits shown above.|
|Golf: (fair weather only!)||best effort 86 for18 holes never repeated!!|
|Cooking:||(making bread by hand, not machine)|
|Eating out:||Did a Cookery Workshop at Delia Smith’s Norwich last November.|
|Learning to play the guitar: (electric and acoustic)||long job…my poor wife!!!|
|Gardening:||We have quite small gardens fortunately.|
|Bike riding:||around the Lee Valley park (mainly flat) ( See Photos)|
|Walking:||( Local Area Lee Valley Park and Epping Forest )|
|Weekend-Breaks:||many of them to Norwich…..what a great City?|
|Foreign Holidays:||short-haul .. Sicily last year, Malta this year. (life’s too short for long- haul flights now! … too many of those in the past).|
We are still Arsenal supporters despite their recent disappointing form, but we are confident it’s just a passing phase whilst they re-group! They had won the double in my last report…. In case you have forgotten! So I have included a photo of myself at the Emirates Stadium sitting in Arsene Wenger’s seat No 13 ! He is evidently not suspicious ..but maybe he needs to re-consider that?
So I have now reduced my working week down to three days and I imagine it will stay at that until I eventually decide to take the plunge and become a full-time retiree! Must still keep the grey cells moving about and some money coming in for all of the above hobbies!
I am sure this is likely to be my final offering for the ‘Meet the Team’ feature so I hope it will show that there is plenty of potential for ‘life after work’. That said, I would like to wish all of the customers and suppliers who deal with Micromech Group a very healthy retirement and a similar collection of interests. For all those passing Web site browsers who haven’t placed any business with us yet…
There is no better time to start than 2012!! So what are you all waiting for?
The following is a selection of some of my paintings produced during the last few year’s, hope you like them!