Date 18 July 2007
I visited the website of the Marconi Veterans Association because of the fond memories and admiration I always held for the Marconi Company.
Watching and reading about the demise of the company at the start of the millennium from Asia was extremely painful. An absolute travesty for employees and the Chelmsford community.
I worked for Marconi Radar in Great Baddow for just two and half years in the sixties, holding a relatively junior position in the Air Traffic Control section and then with System A team…. or was it Systems B team?
During my short time of employment I worked under Don Eastaugh and then, on the Systems Team, worked for Roger Woodcock and Ian Donaldson. I greatly admired their technical skills, know how and man-management skills.
My technical interest and work was involved with primary ATC Radar systems. Marconi Company introduced me to digital signal processing. I found an additional challenge in computers as I was drawn into the world of Marconi Myriad Computers and trained as a programmer at the Writtle Training Centre.
I enjoyed happy and satisfying employment at Marconi Radar with good prospects. What more could I want. I had the best job in the world and it seemed to me, to be surrounded by most of the best people. Unfortunately this wasn’t to last. Family problems made it necessary for me to resign and return to working and living in London. Eventually the computer systems skills given to me by Marconi took my career into the financial sector. The Marconi managers also gave me a model upon which to build my own management style. My career prospered as a result.
Since those very happy days I’ve worked in many “blue chip” companies, worked I over 100 countries, encountered a variety of modern managers, survived culture change programmes, participated in “customer first” workshops, endured immersion in the quality management way whilst generally trying to stay up-to-date with modern management methods. I suppose these have made their mark on me and indeed have probably contributed to my career which has taken me all over the world and given me much satisfaction. However, when I reflect on the companies I’ve worked for, the managers I’ve served, and the satisfaction I experienced, despite all the advances in “methods” none exceed the personal satisfaction I experienced working for and serving the Marconi Company.
Having visited your website from my desk in Singapore and experiencing the pleasure of linking to one of the very happy periods of my life I just wanted to express my appreciation to the Marconi community for the contribution they made to my life and career.