Gordon Boyd is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Senior Lecturer at South Tyneside College, the largest Marine Engineering College in the UK and well recognised internationally as being a world leader in electrical aspects of Marine Engineering education and training. He is also a Consultant for Electric Works developing distance-learning packages and computer-based learning training for Marine Engineers and ETOs, and has extensive sea-going experience. He is author of Reeds Vol 10: Instrumentation and Control Systems for Marine Engineers. As a school leaver Fred Taylor was trained in marine engineering by Shell. On completion of his cadet programme he joined NEI Parsons as a student apprentice electrical engineer. During this period, he studied a degree programme and gained a B Eng. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering at Newcastle Polytechnic in 1971. In the following year he joined South Shields Marine and Technical College as a member of the lecturing staff. He is currently engaged as a consultant to South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields and other industrial clients.