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. He is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health.

His last MoD 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 in the UK and overseas.

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.

Following a decade as a member and Chair of the RSGB Training and Education Committee, Steve was elected to the position of Director with the RSGB in April 2014. He was appointed as a Trustee of the RCF shortly afterwards. During his time on the RSGB Board, Steve spent some time as Chairman and Company Secretary. His term of office as a Director with the RSGB came to an end in April 2018 when he took over as Chairman of the RSGB’s Legacy Committee for a year.

Steve first held an amateur radio licence in 1984 and has held his current callsign, G0FUW, since 1986. Amateur radio construction and low power operating are Steve’s main interests.

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 established the Bath Based Distance Learning scheme in 2011 and now leads a team of around 15 tutors located all around the UK.

In June 2018 he was appointed as Chairman of the G-QRP Club which has 4,000 members across the UK and overseas and is devoted to low power radio communications.

Steve lives in Bath with his wife Jane.