President & Welfare Officer
Derek joined the Royal Air Force for his National Service after graduating from Imperial College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
After induction at RAF Cardington he
was posted to RAF Jurby for his
3 months OCTU, emerging with a Commission as a Pilot Officer, then on to RAF St. Athan for technical training.
Service as a Flying Officer at RAF Abingdon
with 53 Sqdn as I/C the engine bay for the Beverly transport aircraft.
During this posting there were many detachments overseas including Istres in France, el Adem in Libya, Habbanya
in Iraq, Bahrain, Sharjah and Aden and also in Cyprus for the Suez fiasco, where EOKA missed him.
Following demob he
joined and American oil company CAL TEX
in London where he
met and married Diana to whom he
is still devoted.
They were transferred to the CAL TEX
refinery in Bahrain where they spent the next 40 years.
During this time he kept up his RAF contacts through RAF Muharraq, joined the Malcolm Club and the local branch of the RAFA.
There was little welfare work there but plenty of fund raising with sufficient funds raised to furnish one of the rooms at Sussexdown now suitably named "The Bahrain Room".
The Bahrain branch closed in the 1970's when the RAF
left Bahrain and the RAFA Standard is laid up at the Anglican Cathedral
in Manaman, the Capital of Bahrain.
and Diana have 2 children, both born in Bahrain and their son works in Dubai keeping up the family tradition.
On retirement he and Diana decided to settle in Spain, where their daughter-in-law comes from, and very soon joined the local RAFA branch as an active member, quickly becoming the branch Welfare Officer, a decision neither he nor the branch regrets.
has attended welfare training courses both here and in UK and he
maintains healthy links with our surrounding organisations on welfare matters.