This is the homepage of Ian Sharples and the Sharples family.
Feel free to have a wander round the site and also hop on over and visit the web site about our Garden Railway.
I served my time as a Metal Spinner at what was called British Aerospace (now called BAe Systems) in Preston, Lancashire.
I then moved to the Drawing Office at Warton and worked on the JAS Wing group and the R&D function.
Opportunity arose to teach my drawing skills to others and I went on to run the Drawing Office school. Changes within the Training Department led me to become “Training Partner in 4 Shed at Samlesbury. Which then led me to head up the CATIA Support function on Eurofighter for Manufacturing Engineering.
Sir George Robertson and myself who became Head of NATO and a Life Peer shortly after this event on Eurofighter. Sir George was the Defence Secretary at the time.
In June 2000 I left BAe Systems and joined CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) as a Service Delivery Manager on the BAe Systems Nimrod programme at Warton. This led to the additional responsibilities of being SDM for Engineering, Air Systems and Warton site.
Note:- In 2017 CSC merged with HP-ES to become DXC Technology
I spent 9 months at Barrow on an Engineering Improvement project on the Astute programme.
My return found me working as SDM on the BAE Systems. Land Systems account for 2 years. Then I worked in the IT Procurement Service which supplies IT computing goods and services to the BAe Systems accounts along with MBDA and SELEX
For the last 5 years I have been a member of the “Development Studio” as a Subject Matter Expert in catalogue item creation and maintenance of goods and services supplied to customers both internally an externally using ServiceNow
National Lottery Winning Lines – On Saturday June 19th 1999 I appeared on The National Lottery Gameshow on BBC1, with Simon Mayo.
Watch the video before scrolling any further!!
Where, after several gruelling rounds of numerous, inane Trivia questions, I won a 3 week “Round the World Trip” for 2 people including £1000 spending money. (The first to win it!)
Just out of interest I also pressed the button to start the National Lottery draw for that night (Whilst also wishing luck to all those who worked at British Aerospace, Samlesbury). I won a tenner! Did you win anything that night?? Let me know if you did.
You’ve seen the posts about building the shed – Now to start fitting it out First things first – POWER!! Once we have power we can have SOUND!
On Friday 6th July I was booked in for my latest tattoo at Chapel Street Tattoo Studio with Steve Elstone . A session from 10:30am till 5:30pm resulted in the tattoo below. An amazing piece of artwork and tattooing. From the blocking in through to the fine detail, through to the shading and highlighting and finally …