Gill Calvin Thomas
After a career in social work, I became an OU tutor and a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University.
In Retirement I'm deeply involved in community work. Apart from Chairing U3A, I'm a Governor at a local school and help students with their reading.
I am an active member of Swanage Action for Refugees and I am active in local politics.
I am a semi retired tax consultant having worked for various accounting firms most of my working life and recently an investment management company.
My connections go back to childhood holidays but I settled in Wareham in 2016 to be near my mother, Dot Kerridge (a long standing member herself, now aged 97).
My career was spent in the Hospitality Industry running Hotel and Restaurant Businesses in the U.K. and overseas.
After retirement I have been involved in School Governor roles and Business Education interface issues on Chamber of Commerce Boards and the former Learning and Skills Council.
I retired to Wareham in 2009 having completed 45 years of hard labour working in various managerial roles for an American multi-national company.
Joining Purbeck U3A soon after I found myself volunteered as a Leader of the newly formed Mah Jong Group. Not much later I joined its committee and have happily participated in several of our groups along the way.
I moved to the lovely Isle of Purbeck in 2012 having spent many holidays in the area.
My background is in Banking and childcare.
I moved to Purbeck in 2006 from Gloucestershire after many happy family holidays here. I joined Purbeck U3A in 2007, and have enjoyed all the groups and activities that I have taken part in. My working life was mostly in admin. I enjoy walking, singing in local choirs, and pottering in my garden.
I joined Purbeck U3A in 2013 and am currently a Leader of the Table Tennis Group as well as responsible for liaising with those Members who don't have emails to alert them to forthcoming activities.
I have been and remain an active member of several groups.
On joining the BBC from Rank Cinemas, I first became an Engineer based at Broadcasting House, London. After 5 years in Radio, I moved to BBC-tv, working at the London TV Centre and Ealing Studios on Sound Design.
I had three BAFTA nominations for this and worked on many popular drama series and documentaries during my 31 years there.
Originally from Birmingham, I took a French degree and then worked for RoSPA and in Emergency Planning, until we decamped to Hong Kong for three years.
I served in the Royal Naval Reserve for 28 years, some full-time, a useful distraction when widowed twenty-five years ago. My final job was in education in the Probation Service.