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Ken McNaught

"Hi", I'm Ken and this is a photograph of me on holiday in June 2006. With my lovely wife, Diane, we live in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. I worked as an I.T. Specialist on mainframe computers starting at Asda stores (15 years) then IBM (7 years). By 2010 I was ready for a change and moved into the world of contracting, as an I.T. Specialist. During a five month period between contracts, I did some professional web design work for a local company. But I soon returned to mainframe contracting work and have been working for a great agency, RSM Partners, since 2012 working at various companies around the UK, mostly in mainframe security positions.

My interests include web site building for family, friends, clubs and small businesses plus stunt kite flying, a bit of photography, listening to music and playing a game or two of badminton or table-tennis when I get a chance. I used to be a percussionist for a great brass band called Knottingley Concert Brass, for who I continue to maintain their web site despite having to leave the band in 2012 due to contracting commitments taking me away from the area.

In January I took the Archery Beginners' Course with Bowmen of Leeds archery club and have enjoyed shooting archery since. Despite shooting for several years, there is always room for improvement(!) although I am now one of the clubs better archers and have a PB of 560 (March 2017) for a Portsmouth indoor round (Max 600) which I understand classes me as a good standard "Club archer". The Olympics are still a long way off. I am also very involved with the running of the club at all levels such as helping to organise and coach at our annual Beginner's Courses and help organise and run Have-a-Go and various other events. I was their club chairman for a few years and continue to maintain their website. I also assist our lead archery coach with her own coaching bossiness that she set up in 2015 called Targeting Archery and we have plans to expand this to set-up a new Archery Club withing the business if we can find a suitable venue at a sensible price. Anyone have an empty warehouse in the East of Leeds area going for a good price? 😂

Along with my mother, we are researching an ancestor of ours who attempted to walk around the world without being identified, as part of a bet. Harry Bensley was his name, and his interesting story can be followed starting from the links on this site.

Diane McNaught

I'm Diane and this is also a photograph of me on holiday in June 2006. I had worked for a large international bank for 38 years, ending up as a project manager and respected subject matter expert, before I retired in 2014. For recreation I like to do things like cooking, reading, listening to music and spending time with Ken. I'm the youngest of five sisters and I have been married to Ken since December 2005.