John Breame had a long career in the City, culminating in a position as Director of a major investment bank. While he was Chairman of the STA he was responsible for instigating and running a series of annual conferences. The first was on HMS Belfast – an economical venue to reflect the fact that it was a new and untried venture for the STA. As it turned out, it was a sell out and the delegates much enjoyed the change from the more usual type of venue. Two more very successful and prestigious conferences followed.