Well where do I start? We were all very sad on the MT to hear that Les wanted to stand down and we understand why. Les’ shoes will prove very difficult
to fill indeed.
It’s not an exaggeration to say SOTA would not be in the rude health it
finds itself today if it was not for Les’ contribution over the last 3+
years. When I joined the MT I was quite amazed at the volume of email
that the MT, or mainly Les was handling on a weekly basis. Les has been
liaising with association managers and interested parties nearly every
day of those 3+ years. Without that input SOTA would not have run as
smoothly as it has.
In addition, Les has been fundamental in setting up the following
associations: F, OK, ON, OH, SP, LA, HB0, SM, S5, OD, PA, TK, Z3, W1,
W6, VE2, VP8, W3, LX, OZ, 9H, YO, UT, W0, VE1, E7, VE7, HL, W5, EA1,
EA5, EA3, EA2, EA8, EA4, W7, W4. (If I’ve missed any I apologise!) That
has involved discussing with prospective AM’s how SOTA works, reading
and rewriting numerous drafts of the association manuals, checking
summits meet the necessary prominence limits and dealing with last
minute corrections before associations can launch.
Not content with all the new association work, Les has found time to
activate some 140 summits in G/SE, G/TW, G/SC, G/DC, G/CE, F/NO, ON/ON
From a personal point, before joining the MT I was (and still am) the
AM for Scotland. During that time I had many questions and suggestions
put to the MT. Without fail I always received a rapid, polite reply from Les, even when what I wanted wasn’t feasible. Since joining the MT, I’ve seen that
Les’ contributions to MT discussions are always very level headed even
when writing on subjects he obviously doesn’t support.
So thank you Les for all you have done for SOTA over the past years. We
all hope your family issues can be resolved with the minimum of stress
and that you are able to get out activating again in the near future.
obo SOTA MT