On 23rd June the UK votes on a critical constitutional question and arguments abound on both sides, but what is the evidence? In a first for Winchester Skeptics we will have a debate with speakers from both sides, where you, the skeptical audience will be able to address your questions to the speakers.
The case to Leave will be put by Mr Alan Weatherall.
The case to Remain by Tony Pryor CBE, Chairman of European Movement for Hampshire
Alan Weatherall read Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge and subsequently took an MPhil in Operational Research and Management Studies at Imperial. After working as a consultant and in factory management, he joined IBM in the UK, with technical and marketing responsibilities in database and production control systems for manufacturing countries. In the early 1980’s Alan was involved for IBM in a major European Community project. A few years later, Alan worked in Brussels for five years (for IBM, not the EU); this experience provided an insight into the workings of the EU. When a referendum became likely, such personal experiences were a compelling motivator to investigate the facts behind the EU. Alan will propose a convincing and provable case for Britain to leave the EU.
Tony has spent his whole career in engineering and project management both in the UK and overseas. His last post was as CEO of Hafren Power, a company dedicated to the construction of the Severn Barrage. Before that he was Chairman of Halcrow the civil engineering consultancy. He was Chairman of Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited from 1996 to 2006. After growing up in Southern Spain, he was educated in the UK and graduated in 1969 with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Sciences. Later he joined Vickers Design & Projects as a Project Manager and ultimately MD. Projects included engine test facilities for the People’s Republic of China, as well as specialist plant for the MoD. He was appointed CBE in the Birthday Honours 2001 for Services to Defence. He is married to Marie‐Cecile, with two children and six grandchildren, lives in Hampshire, and has a house in France.