Brockenhurst Grammar School/College, Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon
7 x GCE O-Levels, 3 x A-Levels, BSc – Mechanical Engineering, MSc – Marine Engineering. I also have a Diploma in Finance and Management
1972-1996 Royal Navy – marine engineering in various ships and settings. 1997-2009 McLellan and Partners Ltd - engineering consultancy, including a period working in Saudi Arabia. 2009-2019 Thames Water – Making Power from Poo.
Semi-retired but working as an independent engineering consultant including assessing people for qualifications to operate steam boilers.
Working for myself, trading as Linsell Engineering.
Semi-retired Chartered Marine and Mechanical Engineer
I am a semi-retired Chartered Marine and Mechanical Engineer, presently living in Surrey where my wife and I are fairly near to our children and grand-children.
I enjoy sailing; I learned to sail a dinghy when at Junior School but now sail in other people’s yachts. I am very interested in ropes and knot-work, both practical and decorative.
I enjoy self-study and research. In 2020 I am working on a problem associated with ship stability.
My recent work has been about renewable energy and the efficient use of energy. I worked for Thames Water making Power from Poo.
I originally trained as a marine engineer officer in the Royal Navy. I served at sea in a variety of Frigates, Aircraft Carriers and a Hydrofoil in and around the UK waters, North Atlantic, Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf, East and South China Seas, and Sea of Japan. Other appointments were associated with ship refitting in dockyards at Rosyth and Devonport. I also ran the final phase of training for graduate marine engineer officers, using an operational frigate as my classroom for practical machinery operation training.
After 24 years in the Royal Navy, I worked in Engineering Consultancy for 12 years, engaged in energy production and energy efficiency projects. For part of this, period I worked in Saudi Arabia, commissioning a production mill making large steel pipes.
My final 10 years of full-time employment were spent working for Thames Water as Combined Heat and Power specialist engaged in generating Power from Poo. This uses anaerobic digestion to convert sewage sludge into a Methane rich Biogas that is then used to run reciprocating engine-alternator sets.
My Typical Day: One of the joys of engineering is that typical days don’t exist. Each day is a mix of new and old problems to solve.
One of the joys of engineering is that typical days don’t exist. Each day is a mix of new and old problems to solve.
When was I serving in ships in the Royal Navy a day at sea could include a complete mix of activities:
- Watchkeeping on the main machinery
- Supporting the ship’s operational programme
- Planning and supervising maintenance activities
- Taking part in whole ship exercises, e.g. Action Stations
- Responding to any machinery break-down and returning the plant to full capability as quickly as possible
- Being part of the Ship’s Fire Brigade
- On the upper deck for re-fuelling the ship at sea, Replenishment at Sea, in all weathers
- Supporting the people in my Division with their; development and promotion, general welfare, and occasional Discipline
With Thames Water my days were a mixture of:
- Monitoring performance of the 24 Power from Poo sites
- Responding to immediate problems at individual sites
- Providing continuing training, support and guidance to site operators
- Planning for machinery plant changes in the next 5-10 years
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Passionate, intelligent, motivator.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Trained the next generation of Royal Navy engineers.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My father, a marine and mechanical engineer who served in the Royal Navy during World War 2.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics, and Maths
What did you want to be after you left school?
To join the Royal Navy and be an Engineer. Did both.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Who wasn’t? But in my case, only low-level misbehaviour, only one detention recorded.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Chris Botti - a fabulous jazz trumpeter
What's your favourite food?
Roman Apple Cake. Made by mother, who was from America, and now handed down to the family.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
First solo flights in a glider. Scary and great fun.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be more adventurous, be a better swimmer, own my own sailing vessel.
Tell us a joke.
What do you call an elk with only one eye? No ideer.