I started my working life as an apprentice and served a six year term in mechanical engineering. Working in the oil and gas sector, fabricating and installing oil storage tanks, pumping stations and associated pipework. Later I made and installed conveyor systems for the automotive industry before working overseas on baggage handling equipment in airports.
I have worked overseas for some years where I made contacts that led to jobs for international companies specialising in automotive paint coating. Working on the construction, installation and commissioning of complete paint shops around the world, including contracts in the Middle east, Brazil, North America, Canada and Europe, as well as Britain.