Lesley Wyatt, nee Wills (1958-65)
Compared with all the high flyersí biographies on this site, mine is very ordinary. Unlike most of you, I didnít go to University, preferring to take a bi-lingual secretarial course at Ealing Tech. (which is now Thames Valley University). I believe I was there at the same time as Freddie Mercury, although our paths never crossed!
My first job was with GEC in Wembley, where I started out as secretary to the Sales Director of one of its subsidiaries. After 3 months, I was promoted to P.A. to the M.D. In addition to the normal secretarial duties, I also translated technical documents and correspondence from or into French and German for most of the GEC companies on the Wembley site.
In 1969 I married David and continued to work at GEC until just before my daughter Hannah was born in 1973. My son Andrew followed in 1975 and for a few years I was a full time mother, doing book-keeping, translating and secretarial work from home to keep the wolf from the door. I have held various secretarial posts over the years and since 1993 have worked for an American software house in sunny Watford.
Andrew graduated in Geography at Plymouth University and now works for a Belgian steel company in St. Albans as a claims administrator. He still lives at home but I think it wonít be long before he buys a property with his girlfriend.
Hannah graduated in English and History at King Alfredís, Winchester. After a spell at Bosch Power Tools, her godfather, Jon Buoy (Janiceís husband) introduced her to the management at Saracens, the professional rugby club, who appointed her as Administrative Assistant. When her boss left last year, she was promoted to Team Administration Manager.
Our whole life seems to revolve around rugby. Hannah took over from me when I resigned from the Hon. Sec. position of Harrow RFC, where David and I have been members for 32 years. David is also Team Manager for both Middlesex and London & South East Division Under 20s teams. Andrew is the odd one out, preferring hockey to rugby.
Our life has been turned upside down recently, as David has been diagnosed with a form of leukaemia for which there is no cure at present. We now live each day as fully as possible.
The highlight of my year so far has been tracking down Pat Ryan, whom I hadnít seen for 32 years and I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible again over the coming months.