Mike Walker FInstTA
Mike Walker left Batley Grammar School in 1969 with seven GCEs and entered transport working in the despatch department of Fox’s Biscuits in Batley. Soon after, even at that tender age, he was headhunted by Tate and Lyle where he worked as a planner and studied various transport related subjects as a day release student at Park Lane College, Leeds.
At the age of twenty-one he left the transport industry to spend two years at the Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh. This was followed by a year working as a preacher, holding missions around Northern Ireland. However in 1976 he returned to West Yorkshire to marry Julie and it wasn’t long before the pull of transport had its way.
Whilst working for Tibbett & Britten he passed his National and International CPC exams, this was followed by two positions as Transport Manager for hauliers in Yorkshire. He found a natural involvement in company sales, moving to a mainly sales role in 1990; he now looks after sales at the Bradford depot of Italian haulier Transmec.
Mike joined the Institute in 1984 and like many others at the time had little involvement for a while in any centre activities. The Leeds centre at the time was struggling and the director (Peter Green) along with National Chairman and President (Dave Parfitt and Derek Bailey) visited Leeds Centre with the aim of motivating members. His boss at that time was made centre vice-chairman so again for a year or so he avoided responsibility. However one of the Leeds Centre founder members, Roy Skellern, later persuaded him to become centre secretary, a position he has subsequently held on several occasions in addition to being Centre Treasurer and Chairman. He says he has found since then IoTA is like anything else in life: what you get out of it is proportionate to what you put in!”
Nationally, Mike served on the External Affairs Committee for three years, prior to his year in the national chair (2005 – 2006), he took over as Chairman of External Affairs Committee in 2007 until moving to Chairman of Education, Training & Membership Committee in April 2013.