Bernard Thompson
Bernard Thompson

Bernard Thompson

I am an Old Mountaineer (class of 1962).  Apart from a few years, when I was serving overseas in the RAF, I served as a council member of the Mount Association from the late 1960s.  In 1989, as President of the Mount Association, I was one of the co-founders along with Alan McKell, Jimmy Kelly and Michael Gorman of the British Jesuit Alumni/ae which became a Charitable Trust (BJACT) in 1994 with a working title of Eagle Aid.  In 2011 I took over from Michael as director.
The BJACT is affiliated to the European Confederation of Jesuit Alumni Associations of which I was a Vice-president from 1993 to 1999. It is also affiliated to the World Union of Jesuit Alumni.  I was elected to its Council as a representative for Europe in 1997 at the World Union Congress held in Sydney, Australia. In 2003 I was elected President at the World Union Congress held in Kolkata, India. I relinquished this post in 2009 at the World Union Congress held in Bujumbura, Burundi.
I retired as an RAF Officer  in 1986 and went on to become a Quality Management Systems Consultant. Now I am fully retired but continue to be involved in Jesuit Alumni organisations, including the Mount Association as a past president and as an honorary member of the World Union Council, also as a past president.