Tony Skellett (1958-65)
After 25 years with IBM UK (programmer, analyst, project manager, consultant), I decided that I needed to spend more time at home with my daughter Emily, (after my wifeís death as a result of a long term cancer illness). So I grasped the nettle and went into semi-retirement, working from home. The actual timing was brought home to me when it became apparent that Emily was looking after her au pair (and not the other way around!).
That was some years ago now. Since then Iíve worn a number of different hats; firstly I became an area fund-raiser in Hampshire for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Then, for a couple of years, I was the Chief Executive of the NE Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. This stint was ended prematurely when I was forced to spend a period in hospital due to a gallstones problem and almost simultaneously my right-shoulder needed to be sewn-up after an off-piste skiing accident. On return to a semblance of fitness, I couldn't resist getting my hands dirty working with computer software for local companies (inc. BMW, MoD). Although I have since retired and am living in the North Cotswolds.
In parallel with this I mainly cycle and ski to keep fit, having given up football, cricket and squash some 20 years ago. Memory tells me that Iíve cycled the 'London-to-Brighton' charity ride five times now, (most memorably or painfully on a 21-seater bike in 1994) and some years ago I surprised myself by completing a 100 mile ride to Marlborough, Wiltshire and back.
Time moves on and I'm now well ensconced in Gloucestershire village life. As well as treasurer for the local village church, I've taken up photography again and over the last few years I've produced post cards, cards and calendars of Cotswold scenes with proceeds to local charities. To formalise these activities and keep the 'tax man' at bay, I've formed 'The Cotswold Calendar Company'!
My daughter Emily is now married to Charlie and they're now living in Dubai, where Charlie works as a corporate lawyer and Emily as a teacher.