Hugh trained as an aircraft engineer (apprentice with De Havilland) and worked for British Aerospace for 10 years before leaving to study for his Masters Degree in Production Management at Birmingham University. He joined the Birmingham based Delta Group in 1974 as an advisor on production and management techniques. Hugh was fortunate in working with and building a team of talented engineers to develop and sell computer software for design and manufacture of complex parts. The company became employee owned in 1989 and was commercially successful. The success was recognised by seven Queen’s awards for export and innovation and Hugh was awarded an OBE in 1994. Hugh retired as Managing Director in 2009 and was appointed Deputy Chairman where he continued to manage sales of software in Russia and Ukraine, he worked closely with many universities and was made an honorary professor of seven Universities. Hugh is a boat owner moored at Gas Street and first learnt about the Lapal Trust and the potential for restoration in 2012. He became an enthusiastic supporter.