VICE-CHIRMAN - JOHNSTON DUNSEATH: Johnston lives for part of the year in Lisburn (N. Ireland) and part in La Bauverie (near Chaunay) in France. He trained as a teacher and taught for 5 years after which he saw the error of his ways and joined HM Customs & Excise where he remained until he retired in January 2008. He was an auditor of computer accounts in VAT, manager of customs teams at Belfast Airport and Belfast Docks. He finished his career as Northern Ireland Property Manager for HM Revenue and Customs after the merger of C&E & IR. He served in the Part Time RUC Reserve police force in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is married to Margaret since 1969 and they have 3 daughters 2 of whom live in NI and one near Leicester in England. They have 4 grandchildren who are all boys. Hobbies/Interests -Johnston used to fly microlights but has given it up recently mainly due to the increasing cost. He loves gardening , photography and fine dining. He and Margaret have owned the house in La Bauverie since 2002.
Now 77 and, after divorce, he has have lived with his partner Rita for some 27 years. They are both retired and came to live near Linazay 9 years ago.
His hobbies/interests are anything to do with mechanical engineering; he claims to have oil in his veins, Heritage Railways and Model Railways.
He is a former member and Regional Secretary of the Institute of Administrative Management and has also held significant roles in the voluntary sector including : PR Manager to The Stroke Association, Consultant to Barnados’ Business Development team and Chair of the North West Partnership of Partnerships.
In 2010 he won a UK National Training Award for his work on developing and delivering a unique Management Development programme, which was also recognised by the programme owners in the USA. In 2013, in his last role before retiring as Director of Education at the East Midlands School of Business and Management (ESBM), he was responsible for developing international programmes in India and the Middle East and was presented with a prestigious award from the Saudi Government for his work on educational programmes for Saudi nationals in the UK.
Before retiring to France, Frank was a front line Information Volunteer at the Liverpool City Centre Branch of The Royal British Legion, dealing with a wide range of situations for members and serving and veteran service personnel and their families. He is married to Pat and has three grown up daughters, three grandsons and a newly arrived granddaughter.