Dr Jeffrey Bines PhD
(21st February 2019 to 20th February 2020)
After leaving school Jeff Bines went into the glazing business before learning to fly as a hobby. He became a Qualified Flying Instructor in 1976 and a Commercial Pilot in 1979 working with British Island Airways and Air UK flying the Handley Page Herald, Fokker F27, Shorts 330 and 360, BAE 146 (all series) and Boeing 737 400 series. He took early retirement in 1995 and joined the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers in the same year.
He is a member of the Aston Martin Owners’ Club and converted a 1937 Aston Martin from saloon to a two seat roadster. His suggestion of the name Virage for the model launched in 1989 was adopted by Aston Martin.
His history of the last Special Operations Executive mission to Poland, Operation Freston was published in 1999 and he was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He obtained a PhD from the University of Stirling for his thesis on the British Military Mission to Poland in 1939 which was published with a history of the Polish Special Operations Executive under the title “Poland’s SOE” in 2018.
He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers and a keen shot; he was the winner of the British Side by Side Championship 16 bore hammerless in 2008. He also enjoys game fishing and photography.