Brigadier R H Maxfield
Lt Col (Retd) P Soward
Pat Soward is regarded by most as Mr. 19 Signal Regiment. He has been the mainstay of the Association and in addition to ensuring that the Association functions professionally, he designs and runs the Association newsletter “The Bulletin” and almost single handedly plans and roganisies the reunions.
Main duties of the Chairperson
The responsibilities of a Chairperson can be summarised under five areas:
1. To provide leadership.
The overarching role of the chairperson is to provide leadership,he must be an effective strategist and a good networker.
2. To ensure the Management Committee functions properly.
3. The Chairperson is responsible for making sure that each meeting is planned effectively, conducted according to the constitution and that matters are dealt with in an orderly,efficient manner.
4 The Chairperson must make the most of all his committee members, building and leading the team.
5. This also involves regularily reviewing the Committee’s performance and identifying and managing the process for renewal of the Committee through recruitment of new members
Maj (Retd) F A Smith
Frank has taken over the role of Treasurer at very short notice after the tragic death of Bernard Strange.
What is the role of the treasurer?
The Treasurer has a watchdog role over all aspects of financial management, working closely with other members of the Management Committee to safeguard the organisation’s finances. It is important to note that although the Treasurer ensures that these responsibilities are met, much of the work could also be delegated to a finance sub-committee.
In summary, the Treasurer is responsible for:
2.Funding, fundraising and sales
3.Financial planning and budgeting
5.Banking, book keeping and record keeping
6.Control of fixed assets and stock
Given these responsibilities, the Treasurer typically acts as an information and reference point for the Chair and other committee members: clarifying financial implications of proposals; confirming legal requirements; outlining the current financial status; and retrieving relevant documentation.
Mr. Alan Lewis
Alan is a new member of the committee. Alan not only carries out the role of secretary but is also a valuable member of team. Part of his role is to assist the Chairman in preparing The Bulletin and also to encourage new membership to the Association
Main responsibilities of the Secretary
The responsibilities of the Secretary of a Committee are outlined below:
1.Ensuring meetings are effectively organised and minuted
2.Liaising with the Chair to plan meetings
3.Receiving agenda items from committee members
4.Circulating agendas and reports
6.Circulating approved minutes
7.Checking that agreed actions are carried out.
Mrs J Horne
Mrs M Soward
John has championed the development of the site, garnering information and photos to help preserve the history of 19th Signal Regiment and showcase it to future generations.
If you have any material you would like to share with John, or comments about this site, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Pam is the daughter of John Hill. She was at Seletar during her dad’s tour from 1966 to 1969 and attended Seletar junior school.This meant travelling daily on the school “Garry” from Serengoon Gardens to Seletar daily.
After that when Dad was posted to the United Nations peacekeeping Force in Cyprus on a three year tour, Pam attended school at the RAF Base in Nicosia.
She is married to Steve and attends the reunions regularly.She has recently been co-opted onto the committee in this new role and will carry out the role of organizing the Hotel accommodation, and arrange the Annual reunion dinner and the bookings. She will also have a role in organizing the Saturday events in that she , with the help of Joyce Horne, plan and organise the extra mural reunion activities which invariably involve visits to museums, functions, trips and places of interest.She lives in Billingham in the North East
Dennis was posted as a National serviceman to basic training, 7 Training Regiment TR Vimy lines (Catterick) ,and then on to Kemmel lines in Catterick to 1Training regiment on a Telegraph Mechanic course Dec 1954 to June 1955 After his training his first posting was to the Far East and he boarded Hmt Lancashire to Singapore July 1955
He was posted to 19 Air Formation Signal regiment , Technical Maintenance troop on arrival and lived in block 139 (Changi). After two weeks working in Block 20 (Workshops) he was given a great job (Daily and on 24 hr stand by) of Telephone Mintenance Engineer at S.S.O.C ( Southern Sector Operations Centre RAF ) plus a couple of visits to RAF Labuan. At that time he was located in swamp land near Telok Paku until his return to UK on demob Feb 1957.
So from then on it was back to civilian life and Post Office Telephones ! Dennis lived for several years near Swindon but now he lives in retirement in Bournemouth where he is the Association membership Secretary.