About

This website is for sharing memories and photographs of John Turtle, much loved and much missed.

John was born in Hunstanton, Norfolk on 2nd June 1937, the only son of Jack and Dorothy Turtle. He attended King Edward VII School in Kings Lynn and then University College London where he studied Economics. He then took a PGCE at King’s College London.

After university he worked for HM Factory Inspectorate and then the BBC, where he started in Further Education radio. Various roles in the BBC included producing Radio 4 programmes, You and Yours and Checkpoint. His final role at the BBC was as Head of Radio Training, where he trained producers, presenters, studio managers, and many students from overseas.

After taking early retirement from the BBC John worked as a consultant for various organisations, including the British Council, the ODA and BFBS. He travelled widely training broadcasters, including visiting Radio Nepal in Kathmandu sixteen times.

He married Jenny in July 1964 and daughters Amanda and Josie were born in 1967 and 1969.

He was Chairman of the Mill Hill Preservation Society, and then President. He also served as a trustee of CPRE London. He was a long standing member of the Savile Club, a former Head of Billiards and Joint Keeper of the Snuff. The great-grandson of a Norfolk sailmaker, he loved to sail, and captained firstly Flora, then Mary Ann and finally Florence, which took John and Jenny to France many times and also to the Baltic.

If you would like to add a memory or a photograph, please contact Jenny, Amanda or Josie.