Introducing Steve Walters - our new 'Maintenance Man'!
Members will be delighted to know that we Steve has recently joined us as our new (part time) Maintenance Man. At any facility like ours, there are always things which need to be repaired, maintained and improved and the current list of these is now being speedily addressed with by Steve.
He has had a long career of maintaining and fixing things so he should be ideal for the job. Asked for an overview of the rich and varied life which has brought him to Bedfordshire Golf Club, Steve says:
“I joined the Navy at age 16 and trained as a chef while travelling the world. Six-and-a-half years later and disappointed at the lack of promotion opportunities, I bought myself out and went into the road maintenance industry, driving a variety of vehicles such as compactors, diggers etc. for Wimpey during the building of the M25. At the end of that contract, I was happy to continue this interest in construction with Barnet Council’s Highways Department, maintaining the M1.
All good things come to an end, however and when that contract ended he moved to Anglian Water and spent 10 years with them, training and working first as a plumber then as a re-instatement supervisor. Redundancy brought that chapter to an end and, deciding on self-employment as the way forward, he opened a small engineering workshop in Bedford, making bespoke motorcycle parts.
At the same time, he was Crew Chief for Team Yamaha drag racing team which had a deal of success on the famous Podington Raceway. Steve commented, “It was the computer knowledge I gained from my involvement in the inception of fuel injection which eventually led me into building websites for other people in the back of the engineering shop. It wasn’t long before that took priority and I sold the engineering business and moved into full-time website design and building. This, in its turn, morphed into computer repairs and I started Fixcomp in the early 2000s, then bought Amax Computers in 2013".
Steve is now in the process of selling his company in order to go back to doing more of what he loves best – working with his hands. Hence the position here at the Bedfordshire Golf Club.
In his spare time Steve plans and organises off-road tours around Portugal for a wide variety of clients (www.portugaltours.co.uk).
He also builds and operate 4x4 buggies, simply for the fun of getting thoroughly wet and muddy and the challenge of working out how to get from A to B.
He said, “Another favourite activity is geocaching (www.geocaching.com), a sort of hi-tech treasure hunting which takes you out and about to all sorts of places, urban and rural, that you’d be unlikely to go to otherwise.
He also enjoys the ancient ethnic art of flat-pack building when occasion demands, and is an avid collector of ‘boys toys’ - "my current favourite has to be my plasma cutter”.