After graduation I moved back to East Anglia to work for Post Office Telecommunications, now called British Telecom: the premier British telecoms company. I was involved with the development of the 'System X' range of computer-controlled exchanges for many years, in collaboration with Plessey, GEC & STC. Working firstly on the Pre-Processor Utility (the processing system for small exchanges) and then on the Maintenance & Control Subsystem (MCS) I also contributed to a number of influential project-wide review boards. I then moved into Consumer Products to lead a team collaborating with ICL on the development of the 'Tonto' multi-function workstation: a versatile device but unfortunately a little ahead of its time. It did have a starring role with Noel Edmonds from the BT Tower one Christmas though!
Next, I returned to System X to continue my involvement with MCS, now called the Operations & Maintenance Centre, before transferring to the BT Research Centre near Ipswich, now called Adastral Park, to head up the development of line-test equipment for ISDN circuits (the original "broadband"!). The extensive software development required in this project re-awakened my interest in Software Quality Assurance techniques (which had begun while working with Plessey) with the result that, once the ISDN work was complete, I was asked to roll out SQA processes across a large BT division.
BT's research and development activities were undergoing a number of extensive re-organisations and re-structurings at this time however, and it soon became apparent that my division was about to be severely "down-sized". I thus eventually opted to take (very!) early retirement in April 1996. I now do a little IT consultancy work, help with the accounts for a local firm, and assist with the running of Waveney Light Opera Group in Beccles, serving as its Secretary from 1994 to 2018.
Although basically of a Conservative disposition politically I am a strong supporter of employee rights, and while at BT served on the branch committee of the former Society of Telecom Executives, now part of Prospect, the union for professional scientists and engineers.