When Stuart McEwen Jenkins was born in 1935 his family had moved to be near London so that his father could operate a haulage company, called Jenkins Express Removals, one of the first long-distance removals businesses to operate in the UK; his brother, James was in charge of the company's Scottish office in Glasgow. It was at the time of the 1930s Depression and there was great demand for people to move house from one end of the country to the other. Consequently, Stuart's family were comparatively well off, with the result that his father, a natural born engineer, could take up his interest in boats. In about 1938 he bought a life boat, which he called the Margaret, from a boat yard in Southampton. Stuart's father had it converted into a comfortable 6-berth motor cruiser fitted with a petrol engine he had converted for marine use in his home garage workshop. Stuart has a childhood memory of him testing this engine with it spewing out coolant water on to the garage forecourt. He sailed the Margaret along the Channel coast to Fambridge-on-Crouch in Essex and he remembers his family having a good time sailing up and down the Estuary on weekends. During the war years Stuart's father became a volunteer member of the Admiralty Small Boat Pool, which was vital in the success of the D-Day landings, from where he brought home a shell casing that had been fired during the Normandy landings. When he died in 1973 the base of this casing was incorporated into a memorial at the family grave site in Dysart Cemetery. During the periods that his father spent at home he began to teach Stuart the basics of engineering which has stood him in good stead for all his life. In 1949 he gained a place at the Northampton Polytechnic Secondary Technical School in London for a 3-year engineering course followed by a further 3 years at the National College of Horology (NCH) where he obtained an Honours Diploma. At the age of 19, Stuart became a graduate apprentice at Smiths Aircraft Instruments based in Cheltenham. During this time he studied for a National Certificate in Engineering with Endorsements and later became a Chartered Engineer (CEng). National Service then followed for 2 years during which he was based at the Proof and Experimental Establishment based on Foulness Island where he had a great opportunity to make use of my engineering skills. After National Service Stuart took a job with the Plessey company based in Havant, Hampshire, busy at the time making parts for radios and after a short time he moved on to their nearby Titchfield plant. In 1963, he took up a Senior Mechanical Engineer position with the GEC company based in Portsmouth and spent 6 years working on very interesting projects. In 1969, Stuart became a project manager at the newly-established De la Rue Instruments factory in Portsmouth to develop cash dispensing machines. He spent 16 years with this company and was fortunate to work, mainly, with the NCR and Diebold companies based in the USA, and some European companies. During this period he was responsible for the multi-denomination cash dispenser design which has been incorporated in `all' ATMs in use up to this day. In 1985, Stuart started his own business ventures, starting with the design of a dot matrix destination blind for buses and went on to form a company designing combat identification `CID' devices for military use. In all, Stuart has accumulated some 41 patents during his career.