Steve Hartley enjoyed a 35-year career as a civil servant working primarily in the Ministry of Defence but also spending some time with the Home Office.

His work covered a variety of areas but he later specialised in safety, health and environmental protection.

His last post was at Assistant Director level as Chief Environment and Safety Officer for the Joint Forces Command, where he advised senior civil servants and military officers.

Having taken early retirement in 2013 Steve now works for the University of Portsmouth as a part-time lecturer on their MSc programme and is a senior examiner for a national examination board.

He was elected to the position of Director with the RSGB in April 2014 and was appointed as a Trustee of the RCF shortly afterwards.

Amateur radio construction and low power operating are Steve’s main interests in radio communications but he is also a member of a contest group where higher power operation is more the norm.

He first held an amateur radio licence in 1984 and has held his current callsign, G0FUW, since 1986.

He has been an active amateur radio trainer since 1990 and has twice received the Kenwood Trophy for his contributions to amateur radio training.

He has been a member and Chair of the RSGB Training and Education Committee since 2003 and has co-authored two of the RSGB training books.

Steve lives in Bath with his partner Jane.