After all these years I have come across this site - It was the sad news of Fred Newman's passing on Facebook that sent me in your direction! There are some great reminiscences on the site.
I was at Lasham from 1977 (I think) through to the end of 1983. Initially in purchasing / supply for the Boeing fleet but after a few years moved into 'Computing' - I was the first IT person in Dan-Air Engineering and put in the first rudimentary systems.
I left to join Bristow Helicopters and am still there in a senior IT role!
Regards, Peter Chaplin