John joined the GPO in 1968 and subsequently moved to the Research centre at Dollis Hill and later to BT Research at Martlesham Heath.
He has recently found a family connection to radar as his father’s war record shows that he was a Gun laying radar trainer before he was demobbed in 1945.
Originally from Devon, Liz spent 40 years as a Home Economics teacher, with the last 30 years as Head of Department at Felixstowe College and finally Woodbridge School.
Liz has been a volunteer since 2004 and became a trustee when the Trust formed in 2008. Over the past three years Liz has helped to create the new and very successful retail area and she enjoys commissioning and sourcing products, especially using local craftsmen.
Diane is Bawdsey born and bred and, having spent some years living away, she moved back to the village in 2017. Diane’s background is in graphic design – her early career included working for British Telecom and London publishers Dorling Kindersley.
Diane’s grandfather was mechanic to Sir Cuthbert Quilter at Bawdsey Manor and later would often collect Robert Watson-Watt from his lodgings at Red House farm and take him to work at the manor. Diane’s father also worked for the P.S.A at RAF Bawdsey in the 70s/80s. These family connections and close business ties meant that Diane gladly volunteered to be a trustee in 2011 and is proud to be part of the on-going Bawdsey Radar journey.
David spent most of his working life on the development of radar or radar-related equipment including working at English Electric Valves and at Marconi Radar to work on the development of the ‘Martello’ series of ground-based air defence radars.
David led the oral history project ‘Shout and Whisper’ many extracts of which are included in the current exhibition. His passion remains to convey the excitement of working in science and engineering to all of our visitors.
Toby became involved in 2004 as a young Woodbridge Air Cadet. In 2010 he became a civilian instructor with 432 Squadron ATC and continued as a volunteer at Bawdsey becoming the main link between Bawdsey and the next generation of cadets who get involved during activity days
Toby is Bawdsey Radar’s youngest trustee and is in charge of health and safety and grounds maintenance. He and the project have grown up together.
Sue recently retired from working in education for 40 years.
Having previous museum volunteering experience Sue decided to get involved with Bawdsey Radar Group following its inclusion on the BBC Restoration programme in 2004. Sue has been a Trustee since 2010 and her IT experience is now put to good use keeping the website up to date and solving any IT issues.
Juliet joined the trustee board in 2015. Her family used to own the estate that the transmitter block is located on. Her great great grandfather designed and oversaw the building of Bawdsey Manor and all the houses in the grounds within the Manor.
Graham’s father was trained in radar at Bawdsey during the war before being posted overseas. The family connection to radar continued when Graham himself started his career at Marconi Radar designing defence systems.
With his retirement in 2015 after working in a global company based in London, Graham joined Bawdsey Radar and took on the role of Project Director leading the trustee team for the restoration project. He is the current Chairman.
Roger joined the RAF from school as an Aircraft Apprentice and trained and worked in Ground Radar with postings in the UK, Far East, and Germany. He worked at Bawdsey when it was an Air Defence Radar station in the late 1960’s and later when it became a Bloodhound missile site.
Roger was at the inaugural meeting when the Bawdsey Radar Group was set up in 2003 and is very keen to preserve and share the history of the RAF station.