Steve Bacon is a former Wokingham District Councillor who gained his seat in Arborfield Ward in a by-election in October 1994.
Steve has a B.Sc. in Transport Administration from the University of Salford, and for some years worked in the Marketing Research department of the former BOAC, now the long-haul division of British Airways. He carried out passenger traffic analysis and forecasting, and completed several market studies including those for Mexico, France, San Francisco and Sweden. At a time when Concorde was prevented from flying to New York, he helped pave the way for services to begin on the routes to Bahrain and Singapore, and to Washington and Dallas.
He was increasingly drawn into full-time I.T. work, and for many years worked as an I.T. contractor. His work with Hewlett-Packard’s internal leasing system took him to the U.S., Europe, Australia, Singapore and Japan. When HP split into computer and non-computer divisions, he moved to Stuttgart between 2000 and 2002 as a contractor for the non-computer division, which became Agilent Technologies, and he continued to travel worldwide. In 2002 he returned to the UK to resume work with HP. After subsequent contracts with Warner Bros., and thence with their distributors Cinram and Technicolor, he left the I.T. industry.
Steve returned to the transport industry in October 2011, working as a Relief ticket-office clerk for South West Trains, and based at Wokingham. His travels are now more local; before retiring in October 2015 he worked at almost all stations on the Waterloo line from Earley to Richmond, and on the branches to Windsor, to Addlestone and to Frimley.
On retirement, Steve moved to Royal Wootton Bassett in December 2015 near to the canal, and hopes to see the Wilts & Berks Canal restored in full over the next decade or so. In October 2016 he was elected as a Trustee of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust , representing the membership.
He takes part in the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust’s weekly work parties, which he regards as an ‘outdoor gym’.
Any views expressed here are his own.