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William Fairney. authorProfessor William Fairney, AKA Will Fenn

Born in Durham and raised in West London, William Fairney moved to the South West of England to read Engineering at the University of Bristol and returned there during a highly successful career in the electricity supply industry.  He is now the chairman of Covaxe Limited, a company which has designed and is building an innovative diesel engine with a broad range of applications.  He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.  He retained his northern links as Visiting Professor of Engineering to Durham University from 1986 until 2008. William is also chairman of Bristol’s Long John Silver Trust, dedicated to promoting the city’s maritime and literary heritage.

Paul Hatch, authorPaul Hatch

A native Bristolian, Paul Hatch’s career has revolved around local art and history, starting out at the Royal West of England Academy of Arts before serving an apprenticeship as a signwriter, gilder and pictorial artist.  Closely involved with the Bristol 600 Exhibition in 1973, he was a founder member of the Matthew Society in 1995 and carved that famous vessel’s figurehead.  An expert on local history and legend, he is well known for his involvement with BBC Radio Bristol‘s local history quizzes.

Mark Steeds, authorMark Steeds

Well-known Bristol historian Mark Steeds is also the landlord of The Beaufort Arms in the beautiful Cotswold village of Hawkesbury Upton. Mark is also vice-chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Long John Silver Trust.


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