Graham Randall, the Chair of Bawdsey Radar, is standing down and reflects on the past 7 years:
“The last seven years have included volunteering with Bawdsey Radar and leading the Trust as its Chair. It has been a tremendous period full of new experiences, acquiring new skills and, most of all, building new friendships.”
“After a business career of over 45 years in a wide range of national and global organisations, I have been able to offer my experience around technology and governance. It has been exhilarating to dive into so many new areas and learn from people with a range of expertise, from managing collections to securing unique heritage sites.”
“Bawdsey Radar Trust has a track record of success. We secured and delivered a £1.8m programme that removed the Grade II* listed radar building from the Heritage at Risk register. We have also introduced a new exhibition, navigated the pandemic by introducing online resources and won the national shop of the year award! This year, we achieved full Museum Accreditation status as well as winning the Association for Suffolk Museums 2022 Innovation award for our new Virtual Reality (VR) climb of a huge radar tower. This last is a fantastic achievement, with full credit going to the group of apprentices at the BT Research Centre, Adastral Park, who partnered most successfully with the Bawdsey team.”
“In the past I appreciated volunteers from afar, but I am now a passionate advocate of volunteering whether that be for a few hours a month or a more significant involvement where time permits. Getting involved is rewarding and absorbing – there is always much to do and so many ways to contribute that time can just race by.”
“With the rota of museum open days back to our normal April to October season, the buzz of a busy gallery is uplifting for the whole team and clearly very much appreciated from the comments and feedback from visitors.”
“With the museum now re-shaped and resurgent I have decided to step down from the Chair role to allow a new person to come in and lead the group through the next phase with new energy and new enthusiasm. So although I will retire from the Board, I intend to continue to be involved as a volunteer. The amazing story of radar plus the friends I have made, are strong pulls that keep me involved and eager to contribute to the future successes whatever they may be.”
Do you know someone who would be interested in joining the Bawdsey Team?
For details of the Chair role please contact Graham Murchie, BRT Trustee on 07860 356775.
For other volunteering roles please email lynette AT bawdseyradar.org.uk