Posted: September 16th, 2015
DENNIS TINKER was born in South Africa in 1949, and in 1956 travelled to England on the Carnarvon Castle ship with his parents and three sisters. They arrived at Southampton docks on a freezing February day, and from there travelled to Herne Hill, south east London, to start a completely new way of life.
Dennis began a mechanical engineering apprenticeship after leaving school at 17, but after two years switched to a new career in computing. After some early years as a computer operator, he moved to Reader’s Digest as a project leader and manager during the introduction of the company’s fulfilment system.
In 1980, aged 31, Dennis joined Mirror Group Newspapers as a project manager. After an initial review of the Group’s proposed new press-cuttings system, Dennis was given sole responsibility for The Sporting Life’s publication systems.
During his time at Mirror Group, he went on to design, develop and implement new IT systems for The Sporting Life and its successor, the Racing Post.
In about 1997 Dennis joined the Mirror Group’s pension trustees as an employee representative, and remained on the board for three years.
Since leaving Trinity Mirror in 2000, he has worked as an IT trainer for the NHS and as operations manager for a business consultancy. More recently, he introduced a new computer system for a children’s charity.
Dennis’s many hobbies include tennis, and he enjoys travelling abroad and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
He said: “ I am pleased to join the existing members of the AMP committee and hope my experience will enable me to play a useful role.”
By BILL ROWNTREE, former Mirror Group photographer
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