who is clive sweetingham?
I set up The Paragon Practice almost 18 years ago now after a successful career in the high technology electronics manufacturing industry, culminating in a directorship of a leading plc that designed and manufactured sophisticated sound and video mixing consoles for the broadcast and film industry. I have also been a Director of my own company that specialised in fitting out outside broadcast vehicles for the BBC. I am educated to degree level in electrical and electronic engineering.
Prior to that I worked for the British Antarctic Survey as an Ionosphericist, spending two years continuous service at the most southerly British scientific base, Halley Bay, on the Filchner ice shelf in Antarctica.
My early career started with the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine where I enjoyed developing electronic equipment used in the fractionation and purification of human blood products. Consequent to that, I held senior positions in the medical equipment manufacturing sector, and was involved with the development of the early MRI body scanners.
During what I call my "normal" career, I encountered the need for adopting formal quality management systems, including the then BS5750 (now ISO 9000), and was disillusioned with the calibre of "consultants" available for professional advice and assistance. It was when I became tired of effectively working for the stock market, and wanting to be master of my own destiny, that I decided to become a freelance business consultant, determined to provide honest, practical and effective specialist assistance to the business community. Initially concentrating on quality management systems, my portfolio of services has now developed into a broad range of specialist disciplines. See section "What is The Paragon Practice".
Who is Clive the person? In business and in my personal pursuits, I always strive to achieve 100%. For my sins, I am a perfectionist. This sometimes can border on obsessive, which is not always good for me or my business!! Clients certainly get more than their pound of flesh that's for sure. Let's say I am thorough then, with an eye for detail and a determination to do things right. Near enough not good enough for me. Probably why my pretty poor golf handicap infuriates me so! I have an enquiring mind .. I need to know how things work .. I want to get to the bottom of problems .. call it root cause analysis if you like!
I have a passionate interest for all things engineering, with a particular interest in the life and achievement of the those prominent in the Industrial Revolution, through to the golden shipbuilding age in the early decades of the twentieth Century. Bit of an anorak on that one and have a huge collection of vintage postcards and books relating to First World War submarines and battleships. Also the ships of Cunard and White Star Line. This may have something to do with the fact that firstly, I was born in Southampton, and also that all the the male Sweetingham line back to 1700 were in the Royal Navy or connected with shipbuilding and the sea. After leaving the Navy, my Father concluded his working life as a Customs Officer at Southampton. I love the sea. Don't get me on to my hero Admiral Lord Nelson or the Battle of Trafalgar ... we will be here for ages!!
I am an active Committee Member of the Local Sea Cadet Unit and involved with fundraising for this very worthwhile charity that gives kids the opportunity to develop lifelong skills that can help them become rounded members of the community.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, and a qualified quality/environmental auditor. I am computer literature and Photoshop power user. I use Dreamweaver for my web sites.
I have a sense of humour (need to have with three teenage Daughters). I have a wonderful partner, and we both enjoy good food and good wine, along with many and varied other interests. She thinks I could write the script for the TV programme "Grumpy Old Men" ... huh, don't know what she means by that!
That's enough about me for now ...........