Radio Society of Great Britain appoints Steve Thomas as general manager
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

Steve Thomas (call sign M1ACB) has been appointed as GM of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), which represents the interests of 60,000 radio amateurs to Ofcom.

Thomas has replaced Graham Coomber, G0NBI, following Coomber’s announcement in January that he was to retire from his role. Thomas joins the RSGB from a career in the IT and telecoms industry, which included senior roles in management, leadership and strategy in BT over 19 years. He has also served as director of the Network Test Automation Forum, an international standards organisation, and brings experience in contract, project and financial management from this role.

Thomas explained that he will be working with the RSGB board to review the Society’s five-year rolling strategy of “important elements for the board and society to pursue”. This is to ensure that the RSGB works effectively to increase awareness and understanding of amateur radio, wireless science and its technologies, and also make the hobby accessible to everyone.

“The results of that are just in and being analysed,” said Thomas. “We will use that to drive the strategy for the society.”

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 volunteered in national roles as Secretary of the Regional Council. He was recently part of the team supporting the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) schools contacts with British astronaut Tim Peake.

Thomas is an active radio amateur, with varied interests including DX, contesting and training.

“I’m very proud to be taking up this role after working with the Society as a volunteer for a number of years,” said Thomas. “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.”

The RSGB expressed its appreciation to Coomber for his “unstinting efforts over the last four years”.

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