Harry had a distinguished career in the RAF ending up as Group Captain and serving in Vulcan Bombers throughout the Cold War. On retiring he built an RV4, becoming the UK representative of the type, and flew it until health issues caught up with him a couple of years ago.
At the age of 80, Harry has just retired from his position as Chairman of the Gloster Strut of the Light Aircraft Association (LAA), which he founded in 1997 and ran almost single handedly for 21 years. It is testimony to how much he put into this that it has taken a committee of six to take over his role.
He was also a strong supporter of the LAA Rally, working tirelessly to set up and take down the equipment, on his Gloster Air Parts stall of recycled bits of aeroplane and kit needed to build an RV aeroplane, or the Reception Desk or the Rally Prize desk, or all three! He served on the LAA board for 6 years encompassing the period of re-branding from PFA to LAA and introduction of modern governance practices. Harry also took on the onerous task of serving as Chairman of the LAA Awards Group ensuring members’ exploits and achievement were recognised and rewarded. Harry has a gentle competent manner. It is difficult to overstate the amount of work, skill and knowledge he has contributed to the running of the LAA.