At 20 years of age he began his National Service as a physical training instructor, during which time he swam for the Army and Imperial Services. Upon leaving the army in 1961, Trevor joined Purley Pools as a salesman where his role progressed to take in research and development. Because Trevor was a swimmer he was soon asked to demonstrate swimming in the pools which led to becoming a professional swimmer, stunt man and entertainer. This led to starting his own aquatic display company using a large, glass sided tank in which he dived from great heights and swam underwater demonstrating equipment. This company was called Shotline Displays. As a consequence of performing in a Berlin Circus as an underwater escape artiste, sufficient monies were made for the formation of a new company, Shotline Steel Swimming Pools which is still flourishing, and over 280 learner swimming pools have been installed in schools to date.
Through Trevor’s activities as a stunt man and having many friends who were no longer performing due to injury, Trevor felt that stunt players and the disabled are kinfolk. He therefore, had no problem in becoming involved with the handicapped. In 1985 Trevor invented and developed a range of products for the disabled called Orange Aids.
The BBC programme QED filmed an award winning documentary about Trevor’s development of the radio and in June 1996 the Freeplay radio was awarded the BBC Design Award for Best Product and Best Design. The year 1996 also saw Trevor meet Her Majesty The Queen and Nelson Mandela at a state banquet; journey to Africa with the Dutch Television Service for a programme documenting his life and take part in the BBC’s update of the QED programme “The Clockwork Radio”, broadcast in September 1996.
In 1997, the new generation radio rolled off the production line in South Africa. Smaller and lighter than the original model, the new radio was designed especially for the Western consumer market and ran for up to an hour after only 20 seconds winding. This radio has was updated to include a solar panel which meant that it could run without assistance in sunshine. Also in 1997, Trevor took part in a Sky TV programme “Beyond 2000” featuring his inventions.
Trevor has been awarded the Presidential Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and addressed the Conference of Commonwealth Ministers in Botswana for the British Council where he demonstrated the use of the radio to power up a computer for the first time. He was a presenter on The Channel 4 'Big Breakfast' television programme which featured inventors and their inventions with Johnny Vaughan.
In October 1997, Trevor was awarded the OBE by The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace, where he was also surprised by Michael Aspel and whisked off to be featured in an edition of “This Is Your Life”.
In May 1998, Trevor went on a tour of African States lecturing for the British Council and was very well received in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Singapore, Malta and Crete. Following this success the British Council then arranged a tour of Australia, Cyprus, Slovenia and India and in 2000, tours to Palestine, Israel and Bahrain.
In June, 2001 he completed a 100 mile walk in searing temperatures across the Namib Desert to raise money for the Mines Advisory Group whilst demonstrating his new invention, the Electric Shoes.
Trevor has made many television and radio interviews and appearances in the UK, and has also been in demand for TV shows in countries such as Japan, Holland, and U.S.A.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and has worked with clients as diverse as Anderson Consulting, Sun Life, Pfizer, The Law Society, The Royal Institution, Microsoft, Unilever, and RS Components. He is an inspiring, entertaining and enthusiastic motivational speaker with a real passion for promoting enterprise and innovation.
He has in the past participated in an Oxford Union Debate with the chief government scientist, Sir Robert May. He regularly lectures at Universities and Colleges, and this, together with appearances on many Satellite TV channels as well as the BBC, ITN and News World have made him into a well-known personality.
Trevor continues his tireless work to promote the concept of ‘personal power’. His biography entitled “Clock This” has been on the bestseller list.
In September 2003 Trevor teamed up with a group of experienced business professionals to create 'Trevor Baylis Brands', a company formed to help inventors learn more about their inventions, how to go about protecting them and seek routes-to-market for the commercially viable ideas. The business successfully became a plc one year later.
- Order of the British Empire
- Doctor of Technology (Honoris Causa) The Nottingham Trent University
- Doctor of Technology (Honoris Causa), Southampton Institute
- Doctor of the Open University 2001 (Honorary)
- Doctor of Middlesex University 2002 (Honorary)
- Doctor of the University, Oxford Brookes University
- Doctor of Science, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh 2003 (Honorary)
- Doctor of Engineering, Leeds Metropolitan University (2005)
- Doctor of Engineering, University of Brighton
- Master of Science, Teeside University
- Master of Science, University of East Anglia
- Master of Brunel University (Honoris Causa)
- Master of Business Administration, University of Luton
- Visiting Professor, University of Buckinghamshire
- Fellowship Award, The University of Wales Institute (Honorary)
- Fellow University of Wolverhampton (Honorary)
- Research Fellowship from the School of Journalism at Cardiff University (Honorary)
- Awarded Presidential Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for services to Engineering in 1998
- Honorary Member of The Confederation of British Industry
- Honorary Member of The Radio Society
- The Paul Harris Fellowship - Rotary Club
- Vice President of Techknowlogy – a registered charity that provides computer equipment and technical training to developing countries
- Patron of Spelthorne Farm Project for the Handicapped
- Vice President – European Women of Achievement Awards
- Patron of O.M.S. – the Oceanic Marine Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia
- Fellow of the RSA - The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce
- Patron of The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester
- The Walpole Medal of Excellence 2001
- Export Times Exporter of the Year award for Outstanding Export Achievement