Rod was apprenticed in 1960 at AVRO for an Aeronautical engineering apprenticeship, and worked on the AVRO Vulcan, Blue Steel and HS Nimrod, specializing in flying controls and hydraulics. He left in 1968 to start his own company, which he started from nothing and developed it into a successful business before selling it in 2008.
He served as a local borough councillor for 8 years, serving on several committees including budget, finance and town planning.
Rod joined the Society in 1971 and was elected to Fellow in 1984 and, now retired, he has the time and dedication to help the Society. He has gained a vast knowledge of every aspect of business over the years, which he hopes will help in the Society forge a new secure future.