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ProSpeke – Professional Business Speakers, Conference and Keynote Speakers, Motivational and after dinner event speakers bureau and agency
John Getty

John's BIOGRAPHY

A sort of 'Billy Connolly meets Tomorrow's World,' John Getty is an inspirational and entertaining business speaker. His catchphrase is 'Don't just survive in business -ATTACK !'

John is the chairman of a well established North of England engineering company which is one of the stars of the industry - having won several major awards for expertise. Currently working as Fast Response for such Aerospace giants as Rolls Royce and GE, the firm often has to perform pioneering feats for its customers and has become known as the place to go for innovation and a remarkable “can do” attitude.

His mechanical talents grew from a curiosity to find out how things worked. When he was a boy an enterprising amusement arcade owner recognised that it was easier to employ the young mechanical wizard rather than keep losing money to him from the machines during the summer.

In the winter months he put together a team and raised local sponsorship to go car racing stock cars at Nelson, and Manchester Stadiums most weekends. At that time in his late teens John built some pretty amazing cars including a 4.2 Jaguar engined Morris Minor . . . as well as several big Rover straight six engined specials.

After studying law at Liverpool University, he soon realised that a career in the Legal Profession was not going to give him the excitement or “buzz” that racing cars and engineering projects would. John thus went to work for Mullards/Phillips Industries, a television manufacturer in their Glass factory at Simonstone near Padiham, as a Process Controller.

His next job was as Planning Engineer and Production Controller for Cussons Imperial Leather at Salford Vale. During his time at Cussons John also took up Motorcycle Road Racing and quickly qualified for an International Racing License.

To allow him to spend more time on Motorcycle Racing John joined his father's firm, and started work for Burnley Engineering (Aircraft) Products at the age of twenty-five. Organising transport and distribution for the Aircraft parts manufacturer gave him an insight into the Aerospace Industry. John was eventually teamed up with the Maintenance and Training Departments of the company which was a major player in sophisticated aircraft parts and one of a kind engineering.

The highlight of John's motorcycle racing career (which lasted for five years) was two respectable finishes and bronze medals in the Isle of Man TT Races. He was one of the first riders to take large Japanese and Italian engined Production Motorcycles (now known as Superbike Racing) into the road racing arena.

Eventually gravitating into Machine Tools through BEP and their requirements for ever more sophisticated equipment, John was one of the first people to deal in used and then new CNC Machine tools.

He set up a company to sell and service the latest generation of equipment and the experience and contacts he had made in the Aero Industry gave him an instant edge on the competition. Taking on an agency for an Italian manufacturer of CNC Lathes whom were themselves just moving in to CNC gave John the opportunity to work with some of the finest engineering operations in the World to produce specialist equipment. Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, TVR, Vauxhall, in the Automotive Industry as well as Major manufacturers like Rolls Royce, G.E., Plessey, T&N Group, British Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Virgin, Whessoe-Varec, BNFL, Airbus, Siemens, Amoco, Honda, British MOD, Cadbury Schweppes, Business Link, the Government of Eire, many Universities throughout the UK and Europe, have all been clients for the work that John has done in engineering or project management and consultancy.

His work has encompassed being involved in such exciting projects as the Thrust Supersonic Car and Landspeed Record; the Virgin Global Challenger Balloon the Quicksilver World Water Speed record,

The restoration of Donald Campbell’s famous Bluebird K7 boat that crashed and was lost for over thirty years on lake Coniston. The British Steam Car that Charles Burnett and Don Wales drove to win World Landspeed records the space frame and many engineered parts were made at PDS.

These are some of John's projects.

The Thrust SSC World's first Supersonic Car and World Landspeed Record Holder- 766 MPH in the Black Rock Desert Nevada.

John and his team worked with Glynne Bowsher the chief designer of the vehicle to perform most of the high tech and precision tolerance machined parts for the car including the axles.

Stories from the project include the time Richard Noble phoned him because of his contacts in the Petrochemical Industry and asked if he could get 600,000 gallons of aviation fuel from one of the Scottish Islands to Falmouth free of charge.... John found him a ship to do it.

He was in the desert with the Team when the Thrust SSC took the land speed record and there he met John Ackroyd the designer of the USA challenger Spirit of America driven by Craig Breedlove.

John was involved in Richard Branson's Virgin Round the World Balloon Attempt -being called in to make precision parts and to sort some problems they were having.

The Virgin Global Challenger Balloon.
In Morocco John was instrumental in sorting several unexpected engineering problems that the balloon capsule had encountered. Working all night, he manufactured by hand the bolts for the winches to hold the huge floodlit balloon canopy down while his staff in the UK were fighting time to acquire a special valve and get it to Marrakech in time.

Various stories of Richard Branson, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett ranging from comic to tragic are in his portfolio. Virgin flew to various places in the world, including South America, on engineering missions for the project.

Miss Windermere Vl
This is a hydroplane boat which currently holds the unlimited class propeller driven boat World Water Speed Record. The boat is named after the famous one which killed Sir Henry Seagrave many years ago on the lake whose name it bears.
His company was called in to sort some problems with the drive shaft and propellers and became the engineering backup for the project. The owner of the boat Mr John Lee and the Driver Jim Noone have worked with John successfully for several years

NASA Johnson Space Center USA
Last but not least is the connections made with NASA and Space Center Houston.
John worked on a joint venture which promoted the USA Space Agency in the sharing of their technical capabilities with the UK and the whole of Europe.

John has a wonderful collection of props that he can use in talks, or lectures or will loan out for exhibitions including a full scale mock up of the front 14 feet of the Thrust SSC Car made from the original spares which were made for the project as well as detailed models of the various Speed record cars and boats.

In recent times John’s team has been working on projects like the Bloodhound Supersonic Car. A project again led by Richard Noble that will hopefully break through the 1000 mph barrier on land. The car will be powered by a Euro fighter jet engine and when it gets up to full speed a rocket then fires to boost it to the 1000 limit.

The World’s fastest motorcycle project led by Gabriel Uttley is also on John’s agenda.

He currently works on behalf of his son, Will Getty, as Team Manager running an Offshore Powerboat racing team using a 21 foot long Kevlar based Phantom race boat bought on eBay. The craft was made in the early eighties and it has been restored and prepared by PDS and fitted with a Suzuki 225 hp engine which is a V6 2.7 litre. Will has had some success with this rig and has won ten races in his first two seasons of circuit racing.

His speaking engagements have even included doing ‘one to one’ sessions and brain storming exercises for many top level firms and public sector clients. He has frequently been asked to do Consultancy work on setting up CNC machine shops and also managing inventory by using modern technology and using up to date principles from the Aerospace Industry and the Automotive sector.

If you want your people entertaining, or motivating to a level they never thought possible, John’s “can do” attitude is very contagious and he can also run seminars which make people think about how they can better themselves and their production output.


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