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rsgb_smlFollowing the announcement in January that Graham Coomber, G0NBI was to retire from his role as General Manager of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), we are pleased to announce that Steve Thomas, M1ACB, has been appointed as his successor.

Steve joins us from a successful career in the IT and Telecoms industry, with senior roles in management, leadership and strategy. He has also served as a Director of an international standards organization and brings experience of contract, project and financial management.

He will be working with the Board to review the Society’s strategy, to ensure that the RSGB works effectively to increase awareness and understanding of Amateur Radio, wireless science and its technologies, and also to make the hobby accessible to everyone.

Steve has volunteered for the Society since 2008. He has been part of the local Regional Team that supports Radio Amateurs throughout East Anglia, and has also volunteered in national roles as Secretary of the Regional Council and a member of other groups and committees. Recently, he has been part of the team supporting the ARISS schools contacts with Tim Peake, working with many of the schools and local clubs involved.

Steve is an active Radio Amateur, with varied interests including DX, contesting and training.

Steve said “I’m very proud to be taking up this role after working with the Society as a volunteer for a number of years. I look forward to working with the staff and volunteers to ensure that the RSGB continues to be seen as a leader in Amateur Radio, supporting both current and new generations of Radio Amateurs”.

Steve will join the Society on April 11, 2016 and there will be a brief period of overlap to ensure a smooth handover of responsibilities before Graham leaves on April 30.

The Society would like to place on record its appreciation to Graham for his unstinting efforts over the last four years and we wish him well in his retirement.

For further information:
Heather Parsons, RSGB Communications Manager