Meet the committee

Mark Fielder

39 year career at BA in a variety of roles from 1976 to 2015, mostly IT related. Since April 2014, I have been active in the BA vs Trustees legal action as Representative Beneficiary. Main interest: I believe that both APS & NAPS are very good schemes which must be staunchly defended.

Graham Tomlin

Work Experience: Avionic experience with Westland Helicopters design of avionic systems on the Lynxhelicopter. Avionic development engineer at British Airways with primary responsibility for Ground Proximity Warning Systems. BA representative at the AMC Avionics Conference. Tools and Equipment Manager. Other Experience: Trades Union Representative 30 years. Local Councillor 16 years. Leader of the LabourGroup 3 years. Pension Trustee 16 years. School Governor 30+ years.

Dave Gunner

Membership Secretary
Joined BEA in 1960 after working for five years with the Middlesex County Council. Five years as clerk then supervisor in Export Cargo. Aircraft Dispatcher from 1965 until 1979, then Duty Officer, Terminal Controller, Ramp Superintendent and finally Manager Ramp Services. Local Trade Union activist since joining company, Staff Rep, Local Panel Rep and Trade Union Branch Secretary. Retired 1994 then set up in business as Courier. NAPS pensioner trustee 2003 until 2006. ABAP member since inception and participant in ABAP activities since 2003.

Joel Kosminsky

Committee Member
Joined BOAC 1969 as a General Apprentice: worked in Traffic (Victoria), Reservations and Marketing until 1982, when I left BA. Gained a BSc at Middlesex Poly’, then joined London Transport, and latterly South West Trains before retirement in 2011. Main Interest is protecting our annual pension rises. I was an APEX and TSSA union rep and served on TSSA's Executive Committee for six years; I also was a lay Trustee for the Transport Benevolent Fund 2004-11. In retirement I have continued my union associations in TSSA’s Retired Members’ Group and I represent my union at the National Pensioners’ Convention, the TUC's LESE region and on the TfL Pensions Consultative Council.

Joe Lowes

Committee Member
Joined BEA 1964, Engineering Inspector engine overhaul. 1970 joined BOAC as Production Engineer and Senior Supplies Office. 1980 - 1995 various Operational Management posts at Heathrow terminals. 1995 Manager T5 Development, planning and development of T5 on behalf of BA. Retired in 1999 Interests: To participate in all ABAP activities on behalf of both APS and NAPS members.

Ray Smith

Committee Member
Joined RAF 1957. BEA Radio/Radar Technician 1971. Shop Steward EETPU 1980. After merger with BOAC as BA, in TBA on aircraft maintenance, later TBD when workshop moved to Wales. Retired from BA 2004 & joined ABAP. Served on ABAP Committee 2007. Elected 2008. ABAP liaison with Occupational Pensioners' Alliance. Interest: Overall security of our BA pensions.

Bob Acott

Committee Member
I joined the RAF in 1957 and started as an Electrical apprentice, qualified as an electrician and electrical instructor. In 1967 I converted to Flt/eng on the C130. In 1973 started as a Flt/Eng on the Court Line Tristars operating out of Luton. Also in 1973 I joined BOAC and stayed until I retired in 1996 and operated on the VC10, Tristar and 747. I represented F/Es as a Rep for the MNAOA, NUMAST and BALPA. Interests: Lots, but for ABAP it is trying to help stop the pensions rot.