Richard Andrew Hamlyn

Location: Cheddar, Somerset
About The Speaker...

My name is Richard Hamlyn and I am a retired engineer. My working life has been in Automotive, Marine and Wireless engineering. I can give talks of varying durations (30 minutes to 1 hour) to suit your requirements, and these can be augmented with visual content on your projection equipment. My talks are primarily informative but this is interwoven with anecdotes and humour, the object being to provide entertainment as well as interesting subject matter.

I have given talks to groups like U3A and Probus and I’m happy to report that I usually get asked to return with further material

About Their Talks...

My talks all relate to real life experiences and I do them in a storytelling style with plenty of anecdotes and humour.


I charge £60 plus expenses at £0.45 per mile for round trips exceeding 10 miles.

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Doxford Monster Marine Engines

Public Speaker in Somerset, Richard Andrew Hamlyn presents his talk on Doxford Monster Marine Engines

This talk is the story of my “hands on” experience of working on, and living with these marine monsters during my time as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the 1970’s. Although this talk may sound a little dry, it contains many anecdotes of a humorous nature to keep non engineers entertained.

Replenishment at Sea

Public Speaker in Somerset, Richard Andrew Hamlyn presents his talk on Replenishment at Sea

This talk is about replenishing warships at sea and covers all aspects of the operation from bridge to engine room. Plenty of visual material and anecdotes to keep landlubbers entertained as well as “old salts”.

Africa on a Shoestring

In 1985/86 my wife and I drove our old Volkswagen camper from Torquay to Nairobi covering some 13,000 miles and crossing 11 countries that includes crossing the Sahara Desert and the jungles of what was then Zaire. The journey took 6 months and I would love to share some of our adventures and experiences with you. This talk will entertain adventure buffs as well as vicarious travelers in an age before mobile phones and GPS navigation.

Testimonials & Reviews

“Richard came to Mendip Valley (Cheddar) Probus Club recently, to talk about the Doxford Engine and it can be said, without exaggeration or hyperbole of any kind, that he captivated the audience from the first minute. His knowledge and enthusiasm, combined with his warm personality ensured that it was a memorable experience. Our Probus Club includes several ex-engineers; one of whom pronounced Richard’s talk as “the most interesting he had ever heard”. If you are looking for an engaging, accomplished, witty speaker, search no longer.”

Ade – Cheddar Probus Club – Feb 2022


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