A MAN who devoted his life to the amusement and gaming industry has died.
Neil Chinn (right), who lived in Newton Solney with his wife Pauline, died just months after celebrating his 60th birthday, following a battle with lung disease.
He was a top-level executive with a number of leading UK companies and took the highest office in the British’s industry’s trade association, BACTA.
A spokesman for Coin-Op Community, which is an online market place for the industry, said: “We are very sorry to report the passing of Neil Chinn, who devoted himself to the amusement and gaming industry in an incredible career, spanning machine operation, manufacture, and representation of the industry as president of BACTA.”
Mr Chinn’s career began when he became an engineer with Burton Coin, an operating company in the early 1980s.
He went on to work for the likes of Associated Leisure, BLMS and Leisure Link Group.
He took a sidestep into manufacturing in 1999 when Leisure Link became Inspired Gaming, and took over Maygay Machines.
He later became managing director of Astra Games before leaving the firm in 2009 to take on a range of consultancy roles within the industry.
His BACTA career began when he became vice-chairman of Division 4 in 2003, then chairman in 2005. He became vice president of the association in 2007 and then took over the presidency in 2009.
He became a life member of the association in 2011.