Engineer, the Power behind Battersea, Business Man, Sailor and London Olympic Yachtsman
James Howden Hume was born in Glasgow on March 30th 1903 son of James Howden Hume (1866 - 1938) and Agnes Munn (1865 - 1949); he was known as Jimmy to his friends and family but always signed his name as J. Howden Hume.
Engineer, Industrialist, Sportsman and Philanthropist
James Douglas Howden Hume was born in Melbourne, Australia, on 4th May 1928, to parents James (Jimmy) and Kathleen (Katie) (neé Macfarlane) Howden Hume. The family was to remain in Australia for two further years, whilst Jimmy completed the installation of fans and other equipment in Munmorah Power Station.
Engineer, Passionate Clyde Ship Builder, Innovator and Business Man
Thomas Bell was born on 21 December 1865 at Sirsawa in India. He was the son of Imrie Bell, a consultant engineer who was in India advising on lighthouse design and his wife, Jane Walker of Edinburgh.
Thomas was educated at the Gymnasium in Celle, Hanover, and then at King's College School, London, as his father travelled on a consulting basis. In 1880 he entered the Royal Naval Engineering College at Devonport, and graduated in 1886 as a fully qualified engineering officer. Thomas had intended to pursue a naval career, but unfortunately had to leave the service due to poor eyesight.
Gordon Dalgleish is the co-founder and president of PerryGolf, an international golf and luxury lifestyle travel firm. Dalgleish, who founded the company in 1984 with his brother, Colin, is based in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Businesswoman & British Fashion Queen - Saviour of Britain’s Luxury Brands
Kim was born on March 11th 1959 in Helensburgh, to a Welsh Mother and an English Father. Kim is the second of four siblings, brought up near Portsmouth – where her father was based with the Royal Navy after Faslane – she was educated at Purbrook Grammar School in Hampshire.
Her passion for selling began when she was 13, working on Saturdays in a shoe shop and on Sundays at a newsagent. The headmaster at her grammar school, despaired when she told him she would not be going to university. "I can't bear the thought of you just working at a till," he told her, when she broke the news that she was joining Marks & Spencer's management scheme.
Born in Broughty Ferry near Dundee in 1965, Richard Tait spent his formative years in Helensburgh, before leaving for the States in 1987 to make his fame and fortune.
He went to both Hermitage Primary School and then on to Hermitage Academy, where he developed a keen interest in computing. Richard then graduated from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh with an honours degree in computer science. Richard wished to continue his education by attending Business School but found his opportunities limited in the UK, so he enrolled at Dartmouth, New Hampshire and completed an MBA. He joined Microsoft in 1988 at a time when the Software giant only had 2,400 employees, and was named “Employee of the Year”, from over 34,000 candidates in 1994. During his employment with Microsoft, Richard created more than a dozen new companies for the company.
Then, in 1997, Richard left Microsoft to make board game history.