‘Accidents Happen’ – Lib Dem Lord Paul Tyler follow up –
Des Wilson (born 5 March 1941) is a New Zealand born British campaigner, political activist, businessman, sports administrator, author and poker player. He was one of the founders of the British homelessness charity Shelter and was for a while an activist in, and President of, the British Liberal Party
From a working-class family in New Zealand, Wilson attended Waitaki Boys’ High School, leaving at 15 to become a reporter on the local newspaper. After periods working for the Otago Daily Times and the Evening Star in Dunedin, and the Melbourne Star in Melbourne, Australia, Wilson moved to the United Kingdom in 1960 at the age of 19.
Over the next few years he took a range of jobs before becoming a journalist. He became the founding director of the housing charity Shelter in 1966, and then became a columnist for The Observer newspaper. He also spent two years as director of public affairs for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He edited the magazine Social Work Today for the British Association of Social Workers. He then returned to campaigning, running Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for Freedom of Information and CLEAR, the Campaign for Lead Free Air.
Wilson joined the Liberals in order to stand in the 1973 Hove by-election. Although unsuccessful, Wilson remained in the Liberal Party and in 1986 he became its President, a position which allowed him to act as its Campaign Director in the 1987 General Election, the General Election that both the Windbag and Dr Death thought that they would win, particularly as both of them had colluded with the Gang’s Cunning Plan just before that General Election to have me fitted up for a serious criminal offence and imprisoned. See eg.’ Workers Play Time’, ‘Security, Security’ and ‘Hey, Hey, DAJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?’.
Thanks Dafydd, Tebbs couldn’t believe his luck, especially because Peter Morrison was a Gov’t Minister at the time!
Apart from Thatch, the other Lucky Winner in 1987 was Ieuan Wyn Jones, who won Anglesey for Plaid.
Ieuan was a solicitor who was born in Denbigh, where his dad was a Methodist Minister; Ieuan’s wife was an Angel who grew up in Prion, just outside Denbigh! Ieuan was friends with Alwyn Jones, the Bangor-based solicitor who was acting for me at the time. Alwyn lived on Anglesey, where he had grown up and was married to a solicitor who worked for Gwynedd County Council, who also employed the bent lawyer Ron Evans who was one of those who masterminded the Cunning Plan. Ron lived on Anglesey as well.
When the Cunning Plan imploded just after Ieuan had been elected to the House, Brown asked Alwyn if we could prosecute those involved for perjury or at least wasting police time, as we had documentary evidence of both. No, Alwyn told us that would not be possible. It was at that point that Dafydd phoned me and told me that if I dropped my complaints about him he would get me a place at Liverpool Medical School. Brown heard the conversation and wrote to Gwynedd Health Authority about the matter. He received no reply.
Ieuan went to Liverpool Poly (now Liverpool John Moores University). One of the Governors of Liverpool Poly was John Hamilton, the Leader of Liverpool City Council, 1983-86, while Degsy Hatton was Deputy Leader and at war with the Windbag. Hamilton was a Bachelor who had not been blessed with children and who held many responsible roles in Liverpool re education and children/youth services. John Hamilton nearly died in a house fire in Jan 2000. He was recovering from his near fatal injuries in Feb 2000 when the Waterhouse Report was published. John Hamilton eventually died on 14 Dec 2006.
Ieuan’s wife Eirian Llwyd worked as an Angel in Liverpool, 1969-73 and after that worked as a midwife at St Asaph. During the 1970s and 80s, Eirian worked with Rhyl Women’s Aid. Eirian campaigned with Cymdeithas yr Iaith in the 1960s and 70s. Saunders Lewis’s Feb 1962 radio broadcast ‘Tynged Yr Iaith’ led to the establishment of Cymdeithas. Dafydd was the mate of Saunders’ who recorded the lecture. The Chair of Cymdeithas in the 1980s was Meri Huws aka the Crack of Doom, a Gwynedd social worker who’s patch included the children’s homes in Bangor, including Ty’r Felin, from where kids were trafficked, including to Dolphin Square.
Dafydd Iwan was a leading light in Cymdeithas; Dafydd Iwan grew up near Bala, where his dad was a Methodist Minister. Ieuan moved around Wales as a boy, because Methodist Ministers like Ieuan’s dad often moved frequently, but for some time Ieuan went to Bala School. Dafydd Iwan became Leader of Gwynedd County Council; his brother Alun Ffred, a school teacher who then worked as a journo for HTV and for S4C in a senior capacity, also served as a Gwynedd County Councillor before serving as the Plaid AM for Caernarfon, May 2003-May 2007 and Arfon, May 2007-April 2016.
Alun Ffred’s mate Len, a Plaid Councillor from Deiniolen when I was at Bangor University doing my PhD, 2003-05 – Len worked for the University estates dept – knew about Empowered Service Users being abused in homes in Gwynedd and on Anglesey, some of those homes being owned by Dafydd Alun Jones. I discussed it with Len and he told me that Alun Ffred knew and ‘was very worried’ about it. It’ll be why Alun Ffred said and did nothing…
Eirian Llwyd forgot about being an Angel and a Wimmin’s Aid champ in 2001 after the Waterhouse Report was published and became an Artist instead. Eirian died in Jan 2014 in Ysbyty Gwynedd of cancer at the age of 63.
Ieuan still preaches and holds a role as a chapel elder.
Ieuan first stood as a Plaid candidate for Denbigh in Oct 1974 (Paul Flynn was the Labour candidate, but Geraint Morgan QC held the seat safely for the Tories, 1959-83) and Ieuan had another go in Denbigh in 1979.
I have been told that Tony Francis was the link to the politicians during the Cunning Plan. MI5 recorded the whole lot – I have been sent transcripts -but no-one was warned about Francis. Francis used to speak highly of Dafydd Wigley, describing him as ‘splendid’. Francis lived on Anglesey.
It was Sgt Morgan at Bangor Police Station who buggered up the Cunning Plan by not telling as many lies as he was supposed to; my suspicion is that the conspiracy was so substantial that Sgt Morgan got cold feet. Some time afterwards, Sgt Morgan was arrested, charged and convicted of indecent assault on a teenaged girl in custody. Jeff Crowther, the Nursing Officer from Ysbyty Gwynedd who also didn’t tell as many lies as required, knew that Sgt Morgan would be found guilty weeks before his trial had opened. The Denbigh Angels had known (and liked) Sgt Morgan as a police officer who was ‘so good with the patients, a lovely man…’
Sgt Morgan’s name appears on the internet as one of those who was abusing kids in care in north Wales…
Will Edwards who grew up on Anglesey, the son of a tenant farmer – solicitor in Bala – law at Liverpool University – Labour MP for Merioneth (the constituency contained Bertrand Russell and Sir Clough Williams-Ellis at Cwm Croesor) 1966-Feb 74 – struck off by the Law Society in 1987 for embezzling clients’ money – the Gang went after him – something to do with my case
Lord Maelor aka Thomas Jones, the Labour MP who held the seat (1951-66) before Will, spontaneously combusted at his home in Nov 1984. Lord Maelor’s brother Idwal Jones was the Labour MP for Wrexham, 1955-70. Lord Maelor was a school teacher who trained at the Normal College in Bangor and dressed in ladies clothes when he was off-duty.
July 1987 – Tuppence – the Daily Star libel trial – Tuppence won £500k damages – perjury –
that letter of mine mentioning the witness who gave evidence against tuppence –
monica – died the day after a car crash on 26 April 2001 – weeks before tuppence’s perjury trial – Tuppence guilty on 20 July 2001
anne killed in april 1986
wood yelling at me
me – hammersmith Sept 1986 – Bentall key link H smith-Bangor
F – fitted up and imprisoned in 1986
DAWKINS – the blind watchmaker – 1986
In Jane 1987 Mars-Jones presided over the much-publicised trial at Mold Crown Court concerning the abuse of two boys in the care of Clwyd Social Services which ended on 16 Jan 1987 with convictions and sentencing. David Gillison, who was employed at the time of the offences by Clwyd Social Services as a social worker for the physically handicapped, pleaded guilty to two offences of indecency against a boy in care, G – Gillison received 3 years and 3 months imprisonment – and Gillison’s co-accused, William Gerry, received two years imprisonment for buggery with G and four offences of gross indecency with G and another boy in care, S. William Gerry had never been employed by Clwyd Social Services, he had been a kid in the care of Clwyd himself and was 20 at the time of the offences. Gerry had been a resident of WHICH HOME.
On the day of sentencing, Mars-Jones requested that an investigation be carried out by Clwyd Social Services into the circumstances whereby David Gillison and one of his colleagues, Jacqueline Thomas, had come to occupy their positions. Jacqueline was a member of staff at Chevet Hey, a children’s home at Wrexham. It was matters involving Jacqueline that led to the Jan 1987 trial at Mold.
Mars-Jones’s demand for an investigation received much publicity and was taken as evidence that the No Nonsense Judge wasn’t going to put up with that sort of thing happening to children in care. The background to the trial and the action behind the scenes that was not mentioned by the No Nonsense Judge or indeed anyone else tells a different story.
The case that resulted in Mars-Jones sentencing Gillison and Gerry in Jan 1987 stemmed from an allegation that on 24 Dec 1985 Gillison stayed at Jacqueline’s flat in the company of G, S and William Gerry, that homosexual activity took place between Gillison, Gerry, G and S and that Jacqueline had been present and had participated in group sex with Gerry, G and S.
Jacqueline maintained that she had been on duty at Chevet Hey on 24 Dec 1985 and had slept the night there. The Waterhouse Report states that Ronnie and the Inquiry panel saw evidence that Jacqueline had been absent for a substantial period of time and earlier in the day had been visited by Gillison and G at Chevet Hey. The prosecution case did not proceed against Jacqueline re the allegations of group sex on 24 Dec 1985. Jacqueline however pleaded guilty at Wrexham Maelor Magistrates Court on 5 Aug 1986 to indecent assault on S, ‘a male under 16’, a lesser charge relating to ‘more limited group sex’ involving Jacqueline, G and S at her flat in Aug 1985. Jacqueline received a suspended prison sentence of three months. It was the allegations of boy G – still in care but 17 at the time – that led to Jacqueline’s trial; G stated that Jacqueline and he were in a sexual relationship and an investigation into Jacqueline by Clwyd Social Services began.
On the same date as Jacqueline admitted indecent assault at Wrexham Maelor Magistrates Court, 5 Aug 1986, at the same Court, Gillison and Gerry were charged with, respectively, gross indecency and buggery, and gross indecency. They were later committed for trial, which was how they found themselves in front of Mars-Jones in Jan 1987.
Jacqueline Thomas was a bottom feeder in the hierarchy of Clwyd Social Services. She began work at Chevet Hey on 1 March 1979 at the age of 20, with six CSEs and two O levels. Jacqueline undertook in-service training at Cartrefle College during 1982/83 and Clwyd County Council maintained that there were ‘no problems’ re Thomas until the events of Aug and Dec 1985. However the Waterhouse Report mentions that a complaint about Jacqueline that was made after the 1985 events referred to an incident in 1979 and alleged that Jacqueline had behaved indecently with girls in care. Yet when they defended themselves after the 1986 Court appearances, Clwyd County Council stated that there was ‘no evidence’ that Jacqueline or Gillison might have been abusers before they were employed by Clwyd.
Another member of Clwyd Social Services staff was involved re the Jacqueline/Gillison/Gerry sexual misconduct case, Leslie Wilson. It is stated in the Waterhouse Report that a ‘warning note’ was sounded re Leslie Wilson by Matt Arnold, the Head of Bryn Estyn. In view of what Matt Arnold presided over at Bryn Estyn, I’m not sure that any warning notes sounded by him should be taken seriously; Arnold died from an ‘unidentified blood disease’ on 9 June 1994. On 13 June 1994, the trial of Arnold’s colleague and friend since the mid-1960s, Peter Howarth, for the serial sex abuse of boys in care in north Wales opened at Chester Crown Court. Howarth was found guilty in July 1994, just before Miranda became Labour Party Leader. Howarth was sentenced to 10 years; he died in HMP Wakefield in March 1997, ‘from a heart attack’, during the short time that the Waterhouse Inquiry was suddenly suspended when Ronnie declared himself in need of holiday. Ronnie nipped across to Hong Kong and while he was there he bumped into Derry Irvine and they met for a meal, knowing that in a few weeks Derry would be Lord Chancellor…
Anyway, Matt sounded the warning note after which Leslie Wilson ‘confessed himself to two staff members’ after an ‘absconder’ from Bryn Estyn was found in his flat at Little Acton near Wrexham. This refers to events when Leslie Wilson worked at Bryn Estyn. When Bryn Estyn closed down in 1984, four members of staff and some residents were transferred to Chevet Hey. Of all the children’s homes in north Wales, Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn, both near Wrexham, had the worst reputations for sexual abuse and brutality, with Ty’r Felin in Bangor coming a close third. Not that any of the children’s homes in north Wales at the time were even adequate, let alone good, so the bar was set very low indeed…
Ronnie Waterhouse’s Report also tells us that Jacqueline Thomas was ‘unmasked’ as an abuser after G, a boy at Bersham Hall (another children’s home in Clwyd with a dreadful reputation), ‘made admissions’ re his relationship with her, after a bracelet belonging to Jacqueline was found ‘in his possession’. Ronnie also states that some staff at Chevet Hey and ‘possibly’ some staff at Bersham Hall, had ‘warned Jacqueline with regard to her developing a relationship with boy G, but she had ignored the warnings.
Now it may have been that Jacqueline, Gillison and Gerry were guilty as charged; what was happening in those children’s homes was so excessive that the activities alleged would not have been unusual. Yet once more, three people who were convicted of very serious offences and subjected to maximum publicity were damned on the allegations of two boys in care who had been ‘interviewed’ by people who were facilitating a huge sex abuse ring, had been doing so for years and were far more senior, well-educated and well-connected than the three convicted. As for the staff who claimed to have ‘warned’ Jacqueline, they were known to have seriously abused children themselves, over a period of years. According to Clwyd, there were no problems with Jacqueline or Gillison until the orgies of 1985 were revealed.
My documents alone demonstrate that the Gang forged documents, lied and lied and lied, bribed and/or threatened other people into lying, made serious allegations which had no basis at all and they also set innocent people up as a result of huge conspiracies and sometimes prepared the ground for that literally years in advance. The Gang did ANYTHING, anything at all. Their targets were always either whistleblowers/complainants or lowly members of the Gang who had refused to play ball or pissed the Gang off in some way.
It is possible that Jacqueline Thomas, David Gillison and William Gerry had never conducted themselves as accused. Or they may have on other occasions but not those alleged. Or they may have been guilty as charged or have committed even more serious offences and got off lightly. There is no way of knowing. It is the Gang. According to the Gang, I have tried to murder people on a number of occasions, I have tried to strangle and stab people, I have sexually assaulted a psychiatrist, I broke into Dafydd’s consulting room and ‘threatened him such’ that he ‘believed that he would be killed immediately’, I have thrown a brick through the glass door of Dafydd’s house at 2 am one night, I planned to kidnap the pet dog of a social worker and injure it to upset her, I have thumped people on numerous occasions, I have held an Angel hostage, I have been in prison for attacking someone with a knife, I routinely scream and yell abuse at strangers with no provocation, I am a thief, I accuse other people of serious offences on the grounds of no evidence at all, I ‘have a problem with’ women, ‘elderly men’, black people, Asian people, I make hoax 999 calls, I am a risk to children and nothing that I say can be believed. I have a number of serious mental illnesses and have had for decades but I am also ‘not mentally ill’ and have been 100% responsible for all my crimes at all times. This is all documented in my files, alongside letters from the Gang’s own legal advisers telling the Gang that they do not have the evidence for any of it. After writing those letters, the same legal advisers prepared affidavits detailing those activities of mine that they know I did not commit.
Now were Jacqueline, David and William guilty or not?
Only the Viz magazine academic Professor Bernard Fuck could ever know. ‘Who knows? Fuck knows.’
Gillison and Jacqueline were suspended by Clwyd County Council on 3 Jan 1986; Jacqueline resigned on 6 Aug 1986 and Gillison was dismissed on 19 Jan 1987. The Waterhouse Report discusses Jacqueline as being in a dreadful state, ‘near to a nervous breakdown’ who just wanted to get out of the mess and thus she resigned. Gillison was a longtime family friend of Jacqueline’s.
William Gerry ‘committed suicide’ on 1 Dec 1997, at the very end of the first year of the Waterhouse Inquiry, after former kids in care gave evidence as to the horrors that they had endured in north Wales, while everyone called them liars.
Some three months before William Gerry ‘committed suicide’, an accident happened:
REMEMBER OLLIE BROOKE – investigated/charged by early 1986?? and MY ARREST Dec 1986 -Anne killed April 1986
ALISON TAYLOR – suspended date – dismissed DATE
Roger Davies, the County Secretary of Clwyd County Council – Roger was also Deputy Chief Exec, DATES, conducted the investigation re Jacqueline Thomas and David Gillison demanded by Mars-Jones. Roger’s Report was not presented to the Clwyd County Council Social Services Sub-Committee until Oct 1990. Roger’s explanation for the delay was that he had conducted the investigation rapidly but ‘an oversight’ had meant that the Report had not been signed until 8 Oct 1990. Roger’s Report exonerated the senior staff of Clwyd County Council; he maintained that Jacqueline’s and Gillison’s references were good and ‘experienced’ Council officers made the appointments ‘in the normal way’ and that they had not been aware of any improper conduct.
Roger’s report – Oct 1990 me at St G’s and in High Court constantly in preceding months – the Gang inc Dafydd, Tony Francis, Lucille Hughes and Ron Evans –
M-J still Pres of UCNW – MJ WAS PRESIDENT WHEN GWYNNE and I HAD THE ENCOUNTERS
ad bell busy trashing me – sunderland made the arrangement with thatch, carlo and ugc in 1984 – m-j president throughout all of it
By the time Roger signed his Report, Thatch was on the way out – Morrison was her campaign manager until she resigned on DATE Nov 1990 – Geoffrey Howe – resigned as Deputy PM on 1 Nov 1990, followed that up with the killer blow of his speech on 13 Nov 1990 – Howe long-standing colluder with Gang and mate of Ronnie W – back as far as Ely Scandal – I was obviously going to leave st gs by then, known to be looking for another job – gang had me arrested again in dec 1990…
Robin Day – mates with Ronnie Waterhouse as well as Geoffrey Howe – all went back to their days as young barristers, – Ronnie and Howe both from Wales; Day – Liberal – Ronnie’s family high profile Liberals, Ronnie’s dad knew Lloyd George – Ronnie Liberal until he defected to the Labour Party and stood as the Labour candidate for West Flintshire in 1959. Mars-Jones stood as the Labour candidate for Denbigh in 1945.
NOW THEN. all that lot who knew – AND were mates with mars-jones’s family – DETAILS
Chevet Hey, in 1966, was a children’s home run by Denbighshire County Council. Although located at Wrexham, Chevet Hey was a ‘facility’ available for the use of Radnorshire, Anglesey, Montgomeryshire and Denbighshire County Councils. By 1979, only Clwyd County Council is referenced as placing children there. But this is the Gang. It doesn’t mean that there weren’t children from other local authorities placed there…
When Bryn Estyn closed in 1984, some staff and residents were transferred to Chevet Hey, which had by then already been the subject of numerous allegations of the abuse of children by staff. Despite the catalogue of accounts of kids being hit, kicked, dragged, injured etc, Ronnie stressed in his Report that former residents of Chevet Hey were ‘disturbed’, had ‘severe behavioural problems’ and told Ronnie that compared to Bryn Estyn and Bersham Hall it was much better. I was ‘seriously disturbed’ with ‘behavioural problems’ and said that Hergest was better than the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Which it was. I only became seriously disturbed after I complained about Gwynne, before then I was, even by D.G.E. Wood’s own reckoning, clinically depressed. It’s the Gang; the kids at Chevet Hey may have been very difficult or they may just have been kids having the crap beaten out of them by thugs and sex offenders. Or the kids may have been both. Ronnie admits in his Report that there was no excuse for what happened to those dreadful kids at Chevet Hey, who enjoyed it there anyway.
Chevet Hey closed in June 1990 after the embarrassment could be borne no longer. HIGH COURT CASE – MY LETTERS alleging abuse HERE
I’m delighted to say that as with Bryn Estyn, when the disgrace that was Chevet Hey closed its doors, its ‘functions’ (and staff) were transferred elsewhere, mainly to the Gladwyn Children’s Centre, Gresford.
In Aug 1972, Enoch Ellis Edwards was appointed by Denbighshire County Council as Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey. Enoch had worked in Congleton for the NCH (National Children’s Home) from Sept 1967. In 1969 Enoch acquired a low level qualification from Salford College of Technology and then spent two years as the Officer in Charge of a Cheshire County Council home in Sandbach. Enoch remained in charge at Chevet Hey until 8 March 1986, when after such severe problems that Clwyd deemed him to be in need of another role, Enoch was transferred to work at Cherry Hill (another Clwyd children’s homes in WHERE), as Officer In Charge. On 30 Nov 1987 Enoch retired.
Enoch arrived with a wife Irene, who had held joint appointments with Enoch at Congleton and Sandbach . Irene was Matron at Chevet Hey, officially Deputy Officer In Charge from 1 July 1979 and retained the post even after Enoch had been transferred to Cherry Hill. When Enoch retired, so did Irene.
Enoch reckoned that Chevet Hey was a real dump when he arrived, but once Enoch had been running it for a while, things improved greatly.
Before Irene served as Enoch’s Deputy at Chevet Hey, Huw Meurig Jones occupied that role. Huw had also acquired a low level qualification from Salford College of Technology.
Irene sort of shared the role of Deputy at Chevet Hey with Frederick Marshall Jones from 2 Sept 1979. Frederick was a real card, there was no end of complaints about Frederick battering the kids into oblivion at Chevet Hey. Prior to Chevet Hey, Frederick had worked at Ystrad Hall, Nov 1974-Nov 1975, a children’s home in WHERE run by Clwyd, then at Little Acton Assessment Centre until 1977 and then Frederick had worked at Maelor Youth Club for two years. Frederick left school at 15 and was ‘untrained for child care’ except for the acquisition of a youth leadership certificate from Clwyd County Council and the completing of a three month OU course on ‘caring for children and young persons’.
Frederick initially worked under two staff at Chevet Hey called Michael Nelson and Christine Chapman.
Frederick was promoted to a senior role at Chevet Hey when Michael Barnes (I’ll be discussing Michael further later in this post) was promoted to a senior role in Clwyd Social Services at area level. Even after so many complaints about him at Chevet Hey, Frederick was from 1 Oct 1989, the Assistant Manager at Bersham Hall. CHECK. From 8 July 1990, Frederick was the Officer In Charge of the Cartrefle Community Home in WHERE, run by Clwyd. Frederick bagged that job after Stephen Norris at Cartrefle Community Home was suspended.
Norris HERE – really rough even by Clwyd standards – sex with kids repeatedly – went to prison DETAILS – Cartrefle Report in DATE – cover up by John Jevons, Irene Train and Gareth Jones?? that one who became the Plaid AM who was Head of Ysgol John Bright
DETAILS prev post…
Frederick was suspended on full pay by Clwyd County Council on 17 Sept 1992, pending an investigation into assaults on children. Cartrefle closed in Sept 1993. F AND ME IN COURT THE PREVIOUS MONTH – BRANDTS PERJURY – I WROTE TO MICHAEL MANSFIELD in about sept or oct…
Frederick’s employment with Clwyd County Council ended on 30 Nov 1994, when he was made redundant. Dafydd secured his ridiculous injunction against me from Liverpool High Court on Nov 4 1994, on the basis that F had blown a raspberry down the phone at him and Dafydd planting that brick and claiming that I had thrown it through his glass door in the middle of the night.
F and me – met with the Mental Health Act Commission in spring 1994 – told them that Dafydd was sexually abusing patients. The MHAC admitted to us, at our meeting, that they knew, they’d had complaints since the 1960s… The MHAC also admitted it to Jeff Crowther, the Nursing Officer who met with them after they’d met with us. However, although the MHAC wrote three letters to the senior managers of the Gwynedd Community Health Trust following our meeting, the MHAC didn’t document our precise allegations and they didn’t ask the Trust for their response either. Instead they had a curious exchange of letters with the Trust re the Trust’s Plans For My Care. The Trust itself refused to document the ‘allegations’ that F and I had made about Dafydd on the grounds that it would be libelling Dafydd if anyone actually put our complaint in writing. At no point were our allegations ‘Dr DA has a 2 inch penis’ or Dr DA ‘enjoys night -time visits with Judge Huw Daniel while Dr DA wears his baby doll nightie with nae panties’. They were simply that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and that serious complaints about him, including that he was sexually exploiting patients, were never investigated. Our complaint was not even documented let alone investigated. But the Trust did send the MHAC a copy of my Care Plan.
Meanwhile, Therese, a young er woman, was living with Dafydd in his house at Talwrn.
F and I got to know Therese quite well, we had some lovely chats with her on the phone.
See eg. post ‘ ‘
Mars-Jones – stood down as President of UCNW at end of 1994, Sunderland stood down as Principal/VC. Replaced by Lord Cledwyn and Roy Evans
Jillings investigation into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council since 1974 launched in Feb CHECK 1994…
Frederick Marshall Jones died on 23 Dec 1998. As Ronnie was writing his Report.
Mars-Jones died on 10 Jan 1999. Ioan Bowen Rees died on 4 May 1999.
Stephen Norris wasn’t the only member of staff at Chevet Hey who ended up on trial facing serious charges. Paul Bicker Wilson worked at Chevet Hey and was the co-defendant in the 1994 trial at Chester Crown Court that resulted in Peter Howarth being imprisoned for 10 years. Paul Bicker Wilson was acquitted, although he was subsequently convicted of a physical assault on a kid in care. Paul Wilson worked at Bryn Estyn, 1974-84 and was one of those transferred to Chevet Hey when Bryn Estyn closed. Paul Wilson was suspended from Chevet Hey on 15 Aug 1984 pending a police investigation into his activities with kids in care. On 2 Oct 1985 the North Wales Police stated that they would be taking no further action.
Paul Wilson did not return to work at Chevet Hey because some staff there opposed his return and Wilson himself had complained about Enoch Ellis Edwards in a letter of 18 June 1985 to John Llewellyn Thomas JOB TITLE
The investigation by Clwyd County Council into Paul Wilson was carried out by Geoffrey Wyatt JOB TITLE. Wyatt – couldn’t control Matt Arnold, supposed to be his line manager but Arnold paid more than wyatt and just used to ring the Welsh Office and tell Wyatt to sod off.
It was Geoffrey Wyatt who after carrying out an investigation in 1986 recommended that Frederick Marshall Jones be transferred to another role or retired.
After the investigation into Paul Wilson, Wyatt agreed with Wilson and the local NALGO branch organiser that from 6 Jan 1986, Wilson would work as an instructor/supervisor at a day centre for the mentally handicapped, but would still be a ‘staff member’ of Chevet Hey. Paul Wilson retired ‘on health grounds’ on 31 Dec 1987. That was arranged by a helpful Top Doc (who could it have been??) and dear old NALGO. Wilson didn’t lose a penny from that early retirement, it was all OK’d with the Top Doc and NALGO…
One of the senior shop stewards for Nalgo was Enoch Ellis Edwards, of whom Paul Wilson had complained.
Geoffrey Wyatt was the ‘line manager’ for Chevet Hey as well as for Bryn Estyn and other homes, but he barely went near the places.
The General Secretary of NALGO when that nice little arrangement for Paul Wilson was thrashed out was John Daly.
John Daly (born 1930 or 1931) began his career working for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers, and also served as a TUC Education Officer. In 1968, Daly moved to work for NALGO, spending time in each of the health, gas and local gov’t sections. Daly was chosen as an Assistant General secretary of NALGO in 1976 and progressed to Deputy General Secretary in 1982. When Geoffrey Drain, General Secretary of NALGO, announced his intention to retire in 1983, Daly succeeded him and in the same year, Daly was elected to the General Council of the TUC. Daly retired in 1989.
When John Daly was elected to the General Council of the TUC, Laughing Len Murray was the General Secretary of the TUC. Laughing Len had connections to Liverpool and was brought up by one Angel and subsequently married another. Len studied at New College, Oxford under Dafydd’s huge umbrella Richard Crossman, who was also a Westminster Swinger and senior officer for MI5. Len was accused of working for the security services himself and even of being a double agent for the KGB, but that’s all nonsense, just like the allegations of a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, concealed by a massive conspiracy.
Len was a Methodist lay preacher.
Thanks Len, the Tories as well as sex offenders with Royal links owe you one!
THE GIRL WHO GOT PREGNANT AT CHEVET HEY IN 1978 AND WAS FORCED into an abortion by Irene and a Top Doc on 12 feb 1979 or she’d be sent to a secure unit in south Wales until she was 21 – like the girl who became pregnant by the social worker in Bangor… detail…
irene never called to give evidence at waterhouse inquiry – the girl had complained of being sexually assaulted before as well at Little Acton – Ronnie put it down to her promiscuity…
the chevet hey sex scandal in 1982 – care worker resigned without publicity or police investigation
After Enoch left for Cherry Hill in DATE??, Michael Barnes was Acting Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey until Dec 1987 – Barnes was then promoted to the post of senior social worker – Irene was Deputy until 30 Nov 1987 – Irene off sick most of the time so Fred Marshall Jones was effectively Deputy
After Michael Barnes was promoted to higher things, Michael Nelson replaced Barnes as Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey on 27 June 1988 and remained in post for the last two years of Chevet Hey’s existence
much musical chairs on the part of the abusers of Chevet Hey – Frederick Marshall Jones in charge for the first six months of 1988; he then reverted to the role of Acting Deputy until Christine Chapman was appointed Deputy on 1 Oct 1988, before Frederick Marshall Jones left…
Michael Barnes provided a good illustration of the sort of sham that Mars-Jones indulged in when he pompoused away in Mold Crown Court after sentencing Jacqueline, David Gillison and William Gerry in Jan 1987. In Nov 1986, Barnes wrote a damning Report on Chevet Hey painting a ‘very gloomy picture’ of that troubled establishment, identifying major problems with the former Bryn Estyn and Bersham Hall staff who had relocated to Chevet Hey. Barnes wrote his hard-hitting expose for the Director of Clwyd Social Services, then NAME. Except that according to Ronnie Waterhouse, no-one knew what the ‘immediate fate’ of Barnes’s Report had been; it hadn’t actually gone anywhere, not even to the Director of Clwyd Social Services, but Barnes knew that he’d written that Report and sent it…
Michael Barnes followed the Report up with a letter to NAME, the Director of Clwyd Social Services, two months after he sent the Report which didn’t ever arrive anywhere, yet alone at its destination ie. the Director of Clwyd Social Services. Barnes’s letter was sent after Mars-Jones had sentenced Gillison and Gerry and made the comments re an investigation on the part of Clwyd Social Services being necessary. Unlike Barnes’s Report which was lost in the Bermuda Triangle of the sex offenders of north Wales, Barnes’s letter, dated 28 Jan 1987 – 12 days after Mars-Jones publicly commented at the trial – did reach its destination. Which was just as well because Barnes’s letter stressed how much he agreed with William Mars-Jones’s comments re the need for a ‘thorough investigation’ and was very complimentary about Mars-Jones.
then the big wigs
the staff member with Leicester link
others eg the one who’d worked for Islington
the one who had been a Franciscan
by early 1986 when Jacqueline and David Gillison accused and suspended, I and f had been telling people of abuses and criminality in n wales – f knew about the boys in Ty Newydd home in Bangor
DO OTHER EVENTS AT CHEVET HEY HERE – tons of complaints, loads, none investigated, people there at the time promoted…
Des Wilson later wrote a book, The Battle For Power, about the strained relationship between the Liberals and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during that campaign, the last general election fought as the SDP–Liberal Alliance. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the merger between the two parties in 1988 and became Campaign Manager for the new party the Liberal Democrats under Paddy Ashdown in the 1992 General Election.
Somewhat disillusioned with party politics after that campaign, Wilson then moved on to become Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for BAA plc. He became chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board‘s corporate affairs and marketing committee in 2003, but resigned in 2004 over the controversy related to England touring Zimbabwe.
others from shelter inc val feld, kenrick and that other one…
Lord Tyler also associated with Edgar Anstey DETAIL HOW. Paul Tyler wrote the obituary for Edgar that was published in ‘The Guardian’ on 7 Sept 2007:
The psychologist Edgar Anstey, who has died aged 92, played an incidental role during the Cuban missile crisis that may well have had significant consequences. In 1962, at the height of the cold war, the Cuban government, fearing an attack from the US, accepted nuclear weapons from the Soviet Union. When American intelligence discovered missile bases on the island, there was a risk of the confrontation escalating into nuclear war.
As senior principal psychologist in the Ministry of Defence from 1958, Anstey had been working with the chief of the defence staff, Lord Mountbatten, and Sir Solly Zuckerman, the department’s chief scientific adviser, on this eventuality. Their studies of global war and disarmament were conducted through Jigsaw – the Joint Inter-Services Group for the Study of All-Out Warfare.
todays torygraph – the book
solly knew Ronnie w
In his book The Secret State (2002), Peter Hennessy describes the work of Jigsaw, based largely on information from Anstey. Senior members of the team were in Washington in the first week of October 1962, when the Cuban crisis came to a head, and met their US counterparts. Anstey stated Jigsaw’s view that in the event of a nuclear attack “there is little point in saving people from immediate death without securing the means of keeping them, and the nation, alive during the following months. The US agencies have not yet accepted the doctrine that breakdown could occur in the US … but the exchange of views with Jigsaw has resulted in their devoting some attention to the likely consequences of deliveries of some hundreds of megaton weapons, whereas previously their studies had been confined solely to the effects of many thousands of deliveries.”
This seems to have been a typically modest summary. Anstey apparently spoke passionately about the certain dangers of escalation, and the need for negotiation and conciliation, rather than pre-emptive attack, in meetings with the key US administration advisers. This was the course adopted by the US President John Kennedy, and disaster was averted.
Anstey was born in Mumbai, but was only three when his father, Percy, and baby brother died of cholera, and his mother, Vera, brought him back to Britain, with his older sister, Mary. Vera embarked on a distinguished career as a lecturer at the London School of Economics, while Edgar was brought up by two aunts in Reigate, Surrey. A scholarship to Winchester College was followed by another to King’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first in maths and psychology.
So Anstey was almost certainly recruited by the security services when he was at King’s College Cambridge. HOBSBAWM – dates??
After a year as a ministerial private secretary in the civil service, he was called up in 1939, and soon commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Dorset Regiment. He rose to the rank of major, defending the Yorkshire coast from expected invasion. From 1941 to 1945, he was transferred to the War Office to improve selection tests for army recruits.
The psychiatrist/analyst John Derg ‘Jock’ Sutherland was also recruited to design selection tests for the British Army during WW II. Sutherland became the Director of the Tavistock Institute post-WW II. Before and after his time at the Tavi, Sutherland was Edinburgh based and one of the founders in DATE of the Scottish Institute for Human Relations CHECK aka the Scottish Tavi. The Scottish Institute for Human Relations trained a great many Scottish welfare professionals, including social workers before it came to an end in DATE.
Jock Sutherland was a colleague of Ronald Fairbairn’s, another Edinburgh-based psychiatrist/analyst. Ronald was the father of the dreadful Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, violent drunken Scottish barrister and Tory MP and a former bedfellow of Esther, but Fairbairn had many bedfellows of both genders. Fairbairn was a ferocious wife-beater and one of his mistresses attempted suicide outside his London home; no-one ever got to the bottom of that. Fairbairn died on DATE at the age of WHAT, of cirrhosis CHECK. After his death, the daughter of one of Fairbairn’s friends alleged that he had molested her when she was 10, in front of her father and that her father and Fairbairn were part of a group of men who passed kids around between them for molesting. In the 1970s, Fairbairn had been a member of the Scottish Minorities Group which included paedophiles’ rights activists.
See previous posts for info on the Scottish Institute for Human Relations, Sutherland and the Fairbairns.
Child psychiatrist Sula Wolff (she was considered to be one of the founders of the field in the UK) and her psychiatrist husband Prof Henry Walton were based in Edinburgh for the greater part of their careers. Wolff and Walton met when they were training at the Maudsley when Dafydd and his mates were there, married, returned to work in Henry’s home country of South Africa and then relocated to Edinburgh. In Edinburgh, Sula and Henry became part of High Society and inexplicably very rich for two NHS Top Docs who had not inherited money. Sula and Henry were art collectors and dealers of a serious kind, owning Ming pieces and old masters. Their art collection, worth millions, was left to the Scottish nation when they died.
When Tam Paton, the Edinburgh-based gangster who managed the Bay City Rollers was finally convicted for sexual offences – Paton was also a big time drug dealer – there were allegations that he was part of a UK-wide paedophile/trafficking gang that included an Edinburgh elite who were alleged to be untouchable. In DATE, the former Roller Derek Longmuir was convicted of kiddie porn offences. Longmuir had trained and then worked as an Angel in Edinburgh for some years, including with children. He was not struck off the nursing register after his conviction and returned to nursing. His case was viewed with surprising sympathy by the Scottish Court in which Longmuir was tried. See ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stanger!’.
See previous posts for info on Sula Wolff and Prof Henry Walton.
After the war, the Civil Service Commission, which was responsible for making appointments, was seeking alternatives to the traditional written exams. Anstey founded and headed its research unit. After serving at the Home Office (1951-58)
Churchill’s Home Secretary between 1951 and WHEN, David Maxwell Fyfe aka Lord Kilmuir was a personal friend of Gwynne, Dafydd and the Gang. Maxwell Fyfe in addition to being Home Secretary held the remit for Welsh Affairs and from 1952, Churchill demanded that MI5 were answerable to the Home Secretary rather than the PM. Gwynne was busy lobotomising and during the time that Anstey served at the Home Office, Dafydd entered Liverpool Medical School, qualified as a Top Doc and secured a job at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh.
and Ministry of Defence, he returned to the commission as chief psychologist. It merged with the personnel management division of the Treasury to form the Civil Service Department, and from 1969 until his retirement in 1977, Anstey was its deputy chief scientific officer and head of research.
Anstey was Head of Research re Behavioural Sciences in particular and was appointed to that post when the King of the Westminster Swingers Richard Crossman was Secretary of State for the DHSS and using his position to facilitate organised abuse. Crossman was also a senior officer in the British intelligence services. Dafydd and Gwynne were both conducting very questionable ‘research’ during 1969-77 – frequently into some aspect of sexual behaviour – as was the Dept of Psychology at UCNW, which Dafydd dominated. Prof Tim Miles was conducting the work with SEN children on Anglesey that subsequently made Tim Miles famous as a dyslexia specialist -SEN kids in particular were targeted by the Gang – and Prof Fergus Lowe had by then arrived at UCNW and begun developing his sham of a research base, which was skewed towards behaviourism. See previous posts.
In the 1960s and 70s he published a number of books illuminating serious occupational psychology issues with humour.
occ psychology – comment
He had married Zoë Robertson in 1939 and in retirement they moved to Polzeath, Cornwall, where family holidays had been spent since the early 1950s. A keen surfer and walker, he also threw himself into local community life and politics. Previously prevented from political activity as a civil servant, he became a highly successful recruiter and fundraiser for the Liberals.
After John Pardoe’s shock defeat for the party in 1979, Anstey redoubled his efforts, becoming a constituency officer and then president from 1985 to 1990, a period that produced the Liberal Democrats in 1988. His leadership played a major part in recapturing North Cornwall in 1992, when in sending me [Paul Tyler] to Westminster, he rejoiced in one of the biggest swings in the country.
Zoë’s death in 2000 was a devastating blow, but he kept in touch with family, friends and correspondents up to his death. He is survived by his son, David, and four grandchildren.
• Edgar Anstey, civil service psychologist, born 5 March 1917; died 1 June 2009
Edgar’s mum Vera was a Strong Woman
Vera Anstey (née Powell; 3 January 1889-26 November 1976) was a British economist and noted expert on the economy of India. Anstey is most closely associated with the LSE where she served as a lecturer and chaired the admissions committee, and with the wider University of London where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics.
She was schooled at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and spent a year at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, studying German and the piano and violin. Her education continued at Bedford School for Women where she studied for a diploma in public health. Anstey then studied at the LSE, graduating in 1913.
Anstey married Percy Louis Anstey in 1913. Percy was a former actor who had then studied sociology at the London School of Economics, before serving as the head of the economics department at the University of Bristol. He took the role of principal at the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Bombay in 1914 and Vera accompanied him to India.
Vera’s role in India involved examining students studying for a BCom degree at Sydenham College; she developed a strong interest in the Indian economy and began to collect significant quantities of economic data concerning the Indian economy. Percy and their youngest child died from cholera in November 1920.
Vera returned to the UK with their two surviving children. Anstey, needing a job to support herself and her two children, took up a position role as an assistant lecturer at the LSE in 1921. She was promoted and became a lecturer in commerce during 1929, received a DSc (Econ) degree in 1930 and was appointed the Sir Ernest Cassel reader in commerce in 1941.
Anstey’s teaching at the LSE involved significant coverage of the economy of India. She also established a seminar on Indian economic development which she ran until 1965, and would write several texts concerning the Indian economy.
Vera also had a number of administrative roles; she served as senior tutor and chair of the undergraduate admissions committee, 1939-59, and aided in the university’s relocation from London to Cambridge during World War II. Anstey would go on to serve as dean of the school of economics for the wider University of London during 1950-54.
The WHO’SE?? Church?? Gov’t approached Anstey in 1950 to take a position on the Royal Commission on the Taxation of Profits and Income, examining potential changes to taxation policy in the UK. Anstey served on the Commission from appointment in 1951 to completion of the work in 1955.
Anstey retired from a full-time position at the LSE in 1954, remaining a part-time member of staff until finally retiring in 1964.
Crossman’s crowd – Abel-Smith, Titmuss, Uncle Harry’s brother in law?? – grads inc Lady Juliet Bingley – Mick Jagger?? – Orlando?? Nerys??
Bertrand taught at the LSE – DATES??
tribute to Vera on the LSE blog:
A pencil portrait of Vera Anstey hangs in the lobby of the Vera Anstey Suite in the Old Building. LSE Archivist, Sue Donnelly, writes about the portrait and a woman connected with LSE for 55 years:
Vera Anstey retired in 1964 and following her death in 1976 the Vera Anstey Suite in the Old Building was named in Vera’s honour and a pencil drawing of her was hung in the lobby. The drawing was removed at some point but in 2017 it was re-hung in the entrance lobby.
why might that portrait have been retrieved from the store room in 2017 I wonder??
The drawing is a mystery as there is no information on either the artist or the commission. When the drawing was re-framed in 2017 no further details came to light.
except – blog – Gwynne
The School commissioned portraits of some staff on retirement, such as Arthur Bowley so the drawing may have been commissioned for Vera Anstey’s retirement.
Here’s the masterpiece that saw the light of day at the LSE once more after a blog that was discussing Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist, Dafydd and their many powerful friends and partners in crime at the LSE began to acquire a readership:
While we know very little about the drawing, Vera Anstey was a significant presence at the School before and after the Second World War. Vera Powell was born in Reigate and attended Cheltenham Ladies College from 1902-1905 and studied music and German at the Hoch Conservatorium Frankfurt until 1909. Returning to London she completed a diploma in public health at Bedford College before studying for the BSc (Econ) specialising in Economic History at LSE “with the intention of becoming a factory inspector”. Vera combined her studies with a keen interest in sport – she was a founder member of the LSE hockey club and held a Gerstenberg Scholarship in economics. She also met her husband Percy Louis Anstey who had graduated in 1910 and had been President of the Students’ Union. They married in 1913.
Vera was awarded a first class degree but it was Percy Anstey, with a second class honours degree, who was appointed as head of the Economics Department at Bristol University and then Principal of Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics in Bombay. Vera joined Percy in Bombay where their three children were born and she worked as an examiner in economic theory for the B Commerce degree. It was also the foundation of her lifelong interest in the Indian economy. In 1920 Percy and their youngest child, Arthur, died of cholera and Vera returned to England, with two children, in desperate need of a job.
Lilian Knowles, recently appointed Professor of Economic History, urged the Director, William Beveridge, to employ Vera on the Commerce Degree or as an administrator:
She was not original & not brilliant but so absolutely sane, clear, quick, intelligent and safe… She was very good at games and very good in the social life of the School. What she saw in that fool Anstey I never could make out! She could buy and sell him & live by the profit in two seconds. Someone who came back – I can’t remember the name – told me that she was running the whole economic department there in Bombay which I quite believe.
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If Vera was neither original or brilliant, one wonders why she was awarded a First in those days before mass Higher Education and grade inflation and why she was employed as an academic and was subsequently promoted and given such a high degree of responsibility…
Lilian Knowles – LOOK UP – BEVERIDGE
Vera Anstey was appointed assistant lecturer in economic history in 1921, teaching a class in descriptive economics and English for overseas students and students needing help with essay writing.
ghostwriters in the sky
She joined the regular staff in 1922 earning £300 pa and took over teaching on Indian trade and production in 1923. Beveridge may also have been looking for a badminton doubles partner as it appears that Anstey and Beveridge were a successful mixed doubles partnership.
There was no harm in Beveridge enjoying badminton, but if Beveridge’s need for badminton partners was the criteria for the appointment of junior academics at the LSE who subsequently remained at the institution for over five decades, reaching the position of Dean and being given additional responsibilities re the wider London University, the LSE was never what it pretended to be. Furthermore the LSE should have come clean about this, rather than pretending that it was the principal source of Gov’t advisers for the post-WW II Labour administrations because everyone at the LSE was so radical and outstanding.
In 1926 Vera registered for a DSc, though her supervisor Dr Gilbert Slater was concerned by her appetite for details:
Mrs Anstey’s diligence and appetite for facts is tremendous. She overwhelms me with typescript, interleaved with copious additions in manuscript… Her first draft will require a great deal of careful condensation and tightening up to make a good thesis; and that thesis when complete will require a repetition of the same process if it is to make a useful text book – which I take is the ultimate aim. Howbeit she has resolution enough to carry this through.
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The DSc was awarded in 1930 after the publication of ‘The Trade of the Indian Ocean’ and ‘The Economic Development of India’ in 1929. Vera began graduate teaching in 1932 with two courses and a seminar on the problems of Indian economic development.
She became Sir Ernest Cassel Lecturer in Commerce in 1933.
Vera Anstey’s career focussed on teaching and supporting students, particularly those from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In 1939 she became Chair of the Admissions Committee for Undergraduates and Chairman of First Year Advisers.
Her skills were particularly valued during the Second World War when LSE was evacuated to Cambridge. She took on the role of accommodation officer cycling around Cambridge persuading local landlords to take in LSE students – not always an easy task for the School’s many overseas students. At the end of the war the Governors rewarded her with an honorarium of £250. In 1941 Hayek recommended Vera for promotion to a minor readership – despite some opposition to the principle of promotions in war time:
While it may be that her claim to promotion rests more on her success as a teacher than on great scholarly achievements, it seems to me that the former are of sufficient weight to justify the promotion.
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On 1 October 1941 she became Sir Ernest Cassell Reader in Commerce with a salary of £600. She finally obtained a major readership in 1948
but never became a professor.
road to serf
After the war Vera Anstey continued her work as a teacher and on the Admissions Committee. From 1950-1955 she served on the Royal Commission on the Taxation of Profits and Income.
son edgar was senior in civ service and knew about Gwynne…
Vera Anstey retired in 1954 but continued as a part time member of staff until 1964 when her text book ‘Introduction to Economics for Students in India and Pakistan’ was published.
The Anstey Cup Badminton Mens Doubles Championship cup, 1954:
Obit from The Psychologist: – written by WHO
Edgar Anstey (1917–2009)
Edgar Anstey died in his sleep at his home overlooking the surfing beach of Polzeath during the night of 1 June; he was 92. His son had been across from Sweden where he is an academic and had returned the day before. Although frail he was in good health, as feisty as ever, bemoaning the absence of a standing UN Peace Force and still writing to The Times and senior politicians about it, chairing the North Cornwall LibDem Constituency Party and playing a mean hand of bridge. It looks as if he had made his goodbyes then, an event he often said he joyfully anticipated, departed life to rejoin his wife Zoë, to whom he was utterly devoted. After leaving Cambridge at the beginning of the war he became an infantry officer but soon, in 1941, was allocated to the newly established Army Directorate for the Selection of Personnel, where he did ground-breaking work on officer selection and understanding and increasing morale through team-building. After the war he applied this work to the selection of senior civil servants, helping to set up and running the Civil Service Selection Board. Becoming Head of the Behavioural Sciences Research Division enabled him to undertake and publish long-term follow-up validation studies of the effectiveness of these selection methods, his findings now providing the basis of and justification for contemporary management assessment centres. His work on morale led him to investigate staff appraisal processes, making a film with professional actors (including ‘Bernard’ in Yes, Minister) to show how the staff appraisal interview should be done. The work of all the Army, Navy and Air Force psychologists during the war was impressive and led Edgar and others who had stayed in government service to push for the establishment of a permanent ‘Psychologist Class’. This was achieved in 1950, providing careers for hundreds of psychologists as psychologists! Edgar subsequently became Chief Psychologist and held the post until his retirement in 1977. His final years in government service were within the Ministry of Defence. He was always very cagey about what he was up to. The impression I had was that he was working on the psychological, social and economic implications of peace breaking out. But one anecdote he was proud to relate. During a visit to the British Embassy in Washington he was suddenly called to a meeting at the White House where President Kennedy and his chiefs of staff were debating the Cuban missile threat. After being advised by the generals to ‘nuke Cuba’ JFK turned to Edgar and asked for the British view. Edgar said he replied, ‘That would be the end of civilisation.’ Kennedy kept his cool and averted the crisis. There was always a hint in his eyes when he related these events that Edgar thought that he helped to save the world from catastrophe, a psychologist’s crowning achievement!
written by G.A. Randell, Keighley
LOOK UP GA – died in DATE so his mates wrote an appreciation of him the contents of which provide yet more damning evidence of everyone in this circle:
Gerry Randell was an emeritus professor of the University of Bradford and a Chartered Psychologist whose outstanding professional contribution to the field of occupational psychology, organisational behaviour and human resource management was as a practitioner and consultant. Apart from his significant personal success, he contributed considerably to the achievement of others – countless undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as practising managers and directors in a wide range of organisations in the UK and around the world. He did this through his individualised consideration, empathy, intellectual stimulation, coaching, and ability to inspire people. Former PhD students of his at Bradford spoke of him as their ‘beloved teacher and great friend’ and as a lasting source of inspiration. Gerry left his mark on them – and, indeed, on us.
At school at Latymer Upper in Hammersmith, Gerry had planned to be a chemist, but during national service in the RAF he became involved in the assessment of recruits using aptitude and other tests, and he decided that psychology would be much more interesting. So it proved to be. He graduated in 1956 from the University of Nottingham with a BSc (Hons) in psychology with zoology and statistics and followed this part-time with an MSc in occupational psychology (1959) and a PhD in psychology (1973) from Birkbeck College, University of London. During his postgraduate studies he worked for LEO Computers as an industrial psychologist and for J Lyons & Company as a research psychologist, then as an assistant lecturer and a lecturer in occupational psychology at Birkbeck. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Bradford Management Centre (now the School of Management) in 1967, becoming Professor of Organisational Behaviour in 1985. He retired in 1997 but continued part-time academic and professional work – including PhD supervision, serving as a university external examiner, public speaking and writing – almost up to his death on 6th December 2015 at 85 years of age.
Gerry was Chairman of Council of the Independent Assessment & Research Centre (IARC), based in London (and directed by the late Dr Ken Miller, FBPsS). In this role for some 23 years he helped establish and develop the highly respected services of IARC in the field of psychometric assessment, career guidance and personal development to individual clients as well as corporate clients in the commercial and public sectors.
Perhaps Gerry’s most distinguished and original practical contribution in the field of occupational psychology was his development of the process of effective staff performance appraisal. He was a pioneer of ‘open’ appraisal and the recognition and use of the behavioural micro-skills involved in this process, which came to be known as the Bradford approach to staff development and leadership. Many of his former students – including ourselves – and consultancy clients have continued to use and develop the concepts, techniques and skills that they learned from him so engagingly. His book, Staff Appraisal, originally published in 1972 by the then Institute of Personnel Management (now the CIPD) and subsequently in three further editions, latterly as Staff Appraisal: A First Step to Effective Leadership, and also translated into Spanish, heralded a revolution in performance management and appraisal.
A second notable innovation of Gerry’s was his refreshing approach to organisational sickness and fitness. His book, Towards Organizational Fitness, co-authored with John Toplis and published in 2014 when he was already 84, has met with glowing reviews by academics and practitioners alike. Gerry’s vision was that there should be broad agreement about how to investigate, diagnose and treat organisational problems such as high labour turnover and low morale and that this should underpin the training of those offering advice. Initial drafts failed to interest publishers, but, by drawing on his academic scholarship and consultancy experience and John’s practitioner experience and ‘war stories’, it eventually saw the light of day.
Gerry served with distinction in several professional roles in the British Psychological Society: as a member of Council, chairman of the Occupational Psychology Section and, more recently in semi-retirement in his seventies, as a member of the panel of examiners for the Society’s Post-Graduate Certificate of Occupational Psychology. In 2010, Gerry was honoured by the British Psychological Society with not one but two Lifetime Achievement Awards: one for his contributions to occupational psychology and another, to his surprise, for his contributions to the practice of applied psychology generally.
Other notable professional contributions by Gerry include serving as an advisor on human resource management to the National University of Singapore and on management development to the Singapore Government; advisor to the Government of Algeria on the teaching of industrial psychology and its development in the nation; assessor for the UK’s Civil Service Selection Board; member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), president of the 20th International Congress of Applied Psychology, and editor of the Association’s journal, the International Review of Applied Psychology.
Gerry was a devoted family man. He and his wife Edna were always being visited by, visiting or taking holiday breaks with his extended family of four daughters, their partners, and two successive generations. Gerry’s interests included classical music, travel and current affairs. He gave up skiing only in 2011, finally ditching his ski-boots into a bin in Zermatt. He deplored national and international policies and decisions based mainly on politics rather than facts. He regularly watched parliamentary proceedings on television. He greatly enjoyed good food and fine wine – indeed it appeared to be an important part of the ‘arrangements’ for his consultancy work. Those of us who accompanied him as tutors for client workshops benefited accordingly. At the Bradford Management Centre’s annual Christmas wine-tasting competitions, Gerry invariably won. He was also partial to a pint of real ale, preferably Timothy Taylor’s.
Gerry always wanted to make things better, be it the layout of the market place in Settle in North Yorkshire, where he lived for his last four years or his skill at croquet, which he started playing only in the summer of 2015. He also had plans to get a bust of George Birkbeck, who had been born to a Quaker family in Settle in 1776, presented to Birkbeck College, London.
Gerry was ever grateful to colleagues and fellow psychologists who, as he said, ‘spoke up for me’; important influences on him in particular were Professor Alec Rodger (Birkbeck), Dr Edgar Anstey (UK Civil Service) and Professor Donald Super (Columbia University, USA). In turn, he spoke up for today’s young members of the psychology profession. He was saddened to see how increasingly difficult it has become – demanding, time-consuming, expensive and anxiety-generating – to be qualified as a professional psychologist, and he wanted to see a better balance between the needs of students and the needs of society.
When all is said and done, what will be remembered most about Gerry Randell professionally, apart from his warm and enduring friendship, is the way he unambiguously, yet gently, helped people to see themselves as others saw them and to see how they could change their behaviour for the good of themselves, their colleagues and the organizations that employed them. Gerry helped people change their lives for the better. That was his distinguishing professional lifetime achievement. (We intend to keep the memory and ideas of Gerry alive by running a professional skills seminar to review his work and how it might be developed further.)
BRADFORD NOTES HERE – Michael Randall and co?? Peace studies – and of course trafficking n drugs ring – Denis Healey – Asa – Hockney?? Alan Bennett??
Tribute to Randall written by:
– Professor Roger Gill, BA, MA, BPhil, PhD, CPsychol, ABPsS, FCIPD, FCMI, FRSA, is Visiting Professor of Leadership Studies at Durham University Business School and formerly Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management and Director of Executive Development Programmes at the University of Strathclyde Business School and Director of the Research Centre for Leadership Studies at the Leadership Trust Foundation, where he is now an Honorary Fellow.
– John Toplis, BSc, CPsychol, ABPsS, MCIPD, was Head of Psychological Services at the Post Office; Head of Consultancy Services , Management Development Advisor, and Head of Training and Development at Royal Mail Anglia; and Director of the Occupational Psychology Unit at Barking College of Technology. He is currently Chair of the Essex and Ipswich Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Doc re Edgar written by Clive Fletcher, BSRD, 1970-76:
The Behavioural Sciences Research Division: A brief history of one of Occupational Psychology’s most influential units in the 1970s
Way back in the late 1960s, a review of the Civil Service (CS) concluded that it was run on outdated lines and needed a thorough overhaul, not least in the way it was managed. As a result of this, a new department, called the Civil Service Department (CSD) was set up to implement the changes identified as necessary and to take over the task of managing government departments from the Treasury, who had previously had this role. Many of the key tasks of the CSD related to developing and implementing a wide range of HR policies and practices. To assist in this, the CSD set up a Research Division, staffed mainly by occupational psychologists, whose job it was to provide research-based advice to help guide these changes. It absorbed a smaller Behavioural Science unit and became the Behavioural Sciences Research Division (BSRD).
Over time, BSRD’s range of activities extended greatly and included such things as – introducing and evaluating the first appraisal and career planning system the CS had ever operated conducting job satisfaction and job enrichment studies (Herzberg’s theories on the latter were very prominent at the time!) designing a massive training programme for what was then a major new approach to taxation (specifically, the introduction of VAT) devising various cognitive tests, including a foreign language aptitude test carrying out OD interventions eg to tackle conflicts between different work groups evaluating the impact of flexible working hours carrying out a longitudinal study of the effectiveness of performance management and… much more besides. Much of this work was ground breaking in nature and scope, and some of it found its way into articles in academic and practitioner journals. At its height, BSRD employed up to 20 OPs, several statisticians and computer experts and 6-7 supporting administrative staff. It was headed up, throughout its whole existence, by Dr Edgar Anstey, then the most senior of the 200+ psychologists employed by the CS (for more on Anstey, see DOP History pages). It was a period when it was quite common to find groups of OPs being employed within organisations (eg the Post Office OP group was quite sizeable) and also individuals as the ‘in house’ OP. The balance between using internal or external consultants was thus very much tilted in the direction of the former – the shift to greater reliance on external consultants came much later (partly driven by organisations wanting to keep headcount numbers down and not commit to the costs of employing permanent staff).
Given that the CS at that time (as now…) employed hundreds of thousands of staff across a wide spectrum of roles and activities, it offered the opportunity to carry out larger-scale interventions or research studies than would normally be the case. One of the early problems was suspicion and hostility from at least one of the main trade unions representing civil service staff (this is a story in itself…) fortunately this opposition was overcome and the problem resolved. Indeed, the situation changed to the extent that the trade unions themselves began to commission BSRD to do work for them!
To some extent, this was BSRD’s undoing, as some parts of CSD management felt that these OPs were a bit too like the trade union in their thinking and sympathies! Eventually, a new Cabinet Secretary – who at that time was head of the home CS – did what he had done at the Treasury, namely cut the jobs of specialists such as statisticians, economists and psychologists. So BSRD was wound down, effectively ending in 1977. Some OPs were retained in different departments, others moved on to industry, academia and consultancy. Of those who left, three later became Professors (Clive Fletcher, Vic Dulewicz and Rowan Bayne). Several others went on to set up very successful consultancy companies. It is probably fair to say that virtually all of the 30 psychologists who worked in BSRD over the years subsequently made valuable individual contributions to OP practice. For all of them, working as part of this pioneering group of fellow professionals was a positive and formative experience.
Clive Fletcher – Goldsmith’s website:
Clive was a Professor of Occupational Psychology in the Goldsmiths’ Department for 12 years before leaving to work in private practice. He was awarded an Emeritus Professorship by the college, and is also Visiting Professor at Henley Management College. Clive still supervises some postgraduate students at Goldsmiths.
Clive features on the website of Victor Dulewicz & Associates ‘Assessment and Development Consultants’ as an Associate Consultant:
Clive Fletcher is one of the world’s leading occupational psychologists and has worked closely with Victor for over 30 years. Clive has worked with a large variety of organisations in both public and private sectors on psychological assessment and performance management. He is frequently called on as an advisor to government departments and committees. Previously, he was Professor of Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths� College, London University, where he is now an Emeritus Professor, and worked as a consultant psychologist for the UK Civil Service.
Clive is now a full-time consultant. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and holds several visiting professorships.
Vic Dulewicz is the Principal Consultant – Victor Dulewicz set up VDA in 1986 and has advised many large blue-chip companies on management assessment and development, specifically on competences, psychological testing, emotional intelligence and assessment centres. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, a Fellow of both the British Psychological Society and the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Victor has worked at Henley Business School since 1986 and is currently an Emeritus Professor and a member of Visiting Faculty, focusing on doctoral supervision. Prior to 2008 he was head of the HR & Organisational Behaviour Faculty, and Director of Assessment Services. He also led a major government funded project investigating Competences for Boards of Directors. Previously he worked as an occupational psychologist for Rank Xerox and the Civil Service Selection Board, and was for nine years Manager of Assessment and Occupational Psychology for the STC Telecoms Group. He has written numerous chapters and books, over 100 articles and presented at numerous national and international conferences.
Other Associate Consultants:
Malcolm Higgs is currently an independent consultant, having previously worked with Towers Perrin, the Hay Group and Arthur Young. He has covered a diverse range of human resource management assignments, including management and organisation development, management role analysis and assessment, personnel strategy and planning, leadership and team development. He has worked on assignments in a wide range of industrial and commercial sectors.
Malcolm is also a Professor at Southampton University School of Management and a member of the Human Resource & Organisational Behaviour faculty. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, a member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the CIPD.
Jackie Dulewicz –
|Jackie is an experienced trainer and counsellor and also an accredited British Psychological Society tester at levels A (Ability) & B (Personality). She specialises in career assessment and guidance as well as programmes for developing Emotional Intelligence.
Clients of Victor W etc over the last 35 years:
Allied Irish Bank
Andersen HQ, USA
Arthur Andersen, UK
Cable & Wireless
Civil Service Selection Board
Granada Computer Services
| Government Car & Delivery Agency
H M Treasury
L M Ericsson
Ministry of Defence
National Audit Office
National Health Service (NW Region)
Oxford Psychology Press
Royal Scottish Insurance
Smiths Industries (Group)
W F Electrical
W S Atkins
Rowan Bayne – School of Psychology, University of East London:
Professor Rowan Bayne Emeritus Professor
Rowan’s main expertise is in applied personality theory (particularly the MBTI), counselling and counsellor training. He has been a consultant on selection interviewing, assertiveness, personality differences or counselling for several major organisations such as the BBC, British Rail, the City of London and Warwick University.
University of East London
– Present 40 years
Rowan is emeritus professor of psychology and counselling at the University of East London where he was a core tutor on counselling and psychotherapy courses for over 30 years. He has written and edited 18 books, mainly on applied personality theory and counselling practice and training.
Mr Gordon Hamilton Jinks
Principal Lecturer in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychology, Counselling, Postgraduate taught
Gordon Jinks is Head of Programme for the PGDip and MA Counselling & Psychotherapy. His approach is integrative and his main research interest is the client’s experience of therapy.
Gordon is an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist with many years experience as a practitioner in the NHS, University counselling services and the voluntary sector. He has been involved in counsellor training for 25 years on a variety of programmes. He has been programme leader for the postgraduate counselling & psychotherapy programme at UEL since 2005, and is a contributor to some of the key texts in the field, including the chapter ‘Specific Strategies and Techniques’ in the Sage Handbook of Counselling & Psychotherapy (2012, 3rd Edition, Sage).
BACP Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Gordon is a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over twenty years clinical experience. His core training was in Gerard Egan’s ‘Skilled Helper’ model and he retains a strong interest in this as an integrating framework for humanistic and cognitive–behavioural approaches. His clinical experience has been varied, in generic counselling services, the mental health field, and student counselling.
Gordon has been involved in professional training for counsellors since the early 1990s, initially at York St. John and for the last five years at UEL, and has co-ordinated the development of two innovative undergraduate programmes. He also has wide experience in training other professional groups such as teachers, nurses, physiotherapists, managers and police officers in the core transferable skills that can be drawn from counselling, and has worked as a consultant on a number of organisational change projects focusing on organisational culture and the development of change agents/leaders at all levels.
YORK ST JOHN … NHS…
published with among others Debra Jinks –
Mrs Debra Gail Jinks
Debra is Module Leader for ‘Counselling Application’ in year 1 and ‘Evidence-based Coaching as Part of Integrative Practice’ in year 2 on PGDip/MSc Integrative Counselling and Coaching.
Senior Lecturer PGDip Counselling & Psychotherapy & PGDip Integrative Counselling & Coaching – University of East London
Debra can be found on the website of the Personal Well Being Centre:
Debra Jinks is a senior lecturer at the University of East London and the founding Chair of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP). Debra is a freelance Personal Consultant, trainer and supervisor in London and has pioneered the concept and practice of integration of the two disciplines. Her latest book co authored with Nash Popovic: Personal Consultancy: a model for integrating counselling and coaching was published by Routledge in October 2013. She has presented extensively at conferences, seminars and workshops on the subject of integration and Personal Consultancy.
Nash Popovic can be found on the website of the University of East London; he has published with Gordon Junks as well as Debra…
I’ll stop at this point, because there are so many people with similar profiles all networked together committed to the well-being of others… I could go on for ever.
Any one of this crowd can read your palm for you.
A true pioneer of Occupational Psychology whose influence made itself felt on the world stage at a time of crisis
Edgar Anstey was born in Mumbai in 1917, but was only three when both his father and his baby brother died of cholera. His mother, Vera, subsequently brought him back to Britain, along with his older sister. Vera Anstey then embarked on a distinguished career as a lecturer at the London School of Economics, while Edgar was brought up by two aunts in Reigate, Surrey.
Edgar eventually won a scholarship to Winchester College, and then another to King’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a double first in maths and psychology.
When WW2 broke out, he enlisted in the army, but after 18 months of active service, he became one of the first psychologists to be drafted into Government service and was moved into various roles where his psychological training could be used. Given that there were only a handful of psychologists with 1st class honours degrees in the UK at that time, this is perhaps not surprising!
This was the start of a civil service career that stretched until his retirement, a career in which he acted as a trail-blazer in the application of psychological research findings and methods to a whole range of issues within the public service context. In the final stages of his civil service career, he was the Chief Government Psychologist – holding a higher grade level than any psychologist had achieved at that time.
During WW2, Anstey became chief constructor and validator of army selection tests in the Directorate for the Selection of Personnel. He also was one of the team who was involved in the formulation and running of the War Office Officer Selection Boards (WOSBs). The latter were recognised as especially innovative – the first proper and recognisable use of what we now know as the assessment centre method.
After the war this was adopted as the model for Civil Service Selection Board (CSSB) fast stream graduate entry scheme and then widely applied in many organisations both for recruitment and to identify leadership potential amongst existing staff. Anstey later became the Chief Psychologist of the CSSB itself and was influential in the switch from using traditional written exams for selection to using the assessment centre method.
His pioneering research – culminating in a 30-year follow up study published in the Journal of Occupational Psychology in 1977 – would show just how superior the AC method was in predicting future performance and career progress. In this same period, his book on psychological testing, published by Nelson, was one of the earliest in the UK in this field.
It was also during this post-war period that he completed a PhD at University College, London, under the supervision of Sir Cyril Burt.
Perhaps the most striking example of Anstey’s work came during the ‘cold war’ period of 1958-64, when he was a member of the War Office Joint Inter-Services Group for the Study of All-Out Warfare (JIGSAW) working under the direction of the chief of the defence staff, Lord Mountbatten, and Sir Solly Zuckerman, the department’s chief scientific adviser.
The purpose of this group is aptly described in its title, and Anstey’s role within it was to use his psychological expertise to assess the likely impact of nuclear warfare on the population.
Its work was of course Top Secret at the time, and even now some of it is still classed as Restricted. A full and excellent account of the JIGSAW group, its work and its impact can be found in Professor (now Lord) Peter Hennessy’s book The Secret State.
(Dr Anstey also made two public contributions on this subject to the BBC Radio 4 series marking the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 2002).
Although he participated in all the work of JIGSAW, Dr Anstey’s own distinctive and highly original contribution (made in collaboration with his colleague Allan McDonald) was to make a careful scientific study of the effects of saturation bombing on civilians in WW2, and to extrapolate from that to the nuclear scenario – in other words, he was focusing on the effects on survivors and their subsequent behaviour.
He was able, though this analysis, to arrive at a formula (based on the percentage of social infrastructure destroyed in a given period) which predicted the point at which social
functioning would completely breakdown. This formula was sufficiently robust to hold up when applied to numerous examples drawn from WW2.
Applied in a nuclear war context, it had significant implications not only for civil defence policies and planning, but also for defence policy as a whole. This work, along with all the JIGSAW conclusions, was presented to the British Defence Board and, as Prof Hennessy’s book attests, had a very considerable impact on their thinking and on future UK policy.
However, there is another way in which Dr Anstey’s work may have exerted influence of truly global significance.
By coincidence, the JIGSAW team happened to be in Washington at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis of September/October 1962 during which the confrontation between the USA and the Soviet Union brought the world to the brink of full scale nuclear war. A strong body of influence amongst the US military took a very hawkish approach and urged President Kennedy to make a pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia.
At precisely this time, Edgar and one of his colleagues made informal presentations of their breakdown studies to members of the US Military Joint Staff. The US military had of course considered casualty rates likely to follow a nuclear exchange, but they had not recognised or quantified the impact on survivors. Anstey’s work – and his passionate presentation of it – showed them that even with just a secondary Russian nuclear response to an American first strike, the consequences for the surviving US civilian population would be devastating and lead to complete societal collapse.
How much this stayed the hand of the hawks amongst the US military we will probably never know, but it is certainly possible that the input from Anstey and his colleagues at this most crucial moment exerted a sobering and perhaps cautionary influence that prevented the cold war from becoming hot.
The later years of Anstey’s career in the Civil Service were perhaps less dramatic but nonetheless very influential.
He was Director of the Behavioural Sciences Research Division (BSRD) of the Civil Service Department from 1969-77, and was heavily involved in the implementation of many of the Fulton reforms of the Civil Service.
Behavioural Research – HERE
Fulton Reforms: FULTON HERE
In particular, he was a long-time advocate of performance appraisal, and he was a member of the team responsible for formulating and implementing the first civil service-wide appraisal scheme.
His work on this subsequently acted as a model for many other public sector bodies both in the UK and overseas. Under Edgar’s leadership, BSRD as a whole became quite a large group of nearly 20 OPs who did pioneering work across a wide range of OP areas, some of which (very unusually for the time) was sponsored by Civil Service Trade Unions as well as management.
Edgar was a member of the Occupational Psychology Section of the BPS and a founder member of the DOP. He was always interested in new approaches and methods, and had some surprising sides to his character – he could readily recite passages from Goethe’s poetry and was an avid reader.
Edgar was independent minded and passionate about what he believed in, a combination that perhaps did not always go down well with those above him, which might explain why, scandalously, he was not given one of Whitehall’s honours at the end of his 36year career in the Civil Service in 1977.
His retirement was an active one, not least in terms of his involvement in politics and his love of surfing!
Edgar died in 2009 at the age of 92, leaving behind a life-long and wide-ranging legacy of contribution to areas of great national significance (often in ways which required innovation and forward thinking) that few occupational psychologists can match.
Professor Clive Fletcher
VICTOR – AWARD WINNER WHO WORKED WITH EDGAR –
British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology – Awards and Strategy Group, Lifetime Achievement Award:
2016 LAA Winner Professor Victor Dulewicz, MA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, MIoD, FCIPD, FBPsS, CPsychol
Since graduating in Psychology from St Andrews in 1968 and then studying for my MPhil and PhD at Birkbeck under Professor Alec Rodger, I have seen myself first and foremost as an Occupational Psychologist, irrespective of job context, in industry, the civil service or academe, working as a manager, consultant, lecturer or researcher. As such, I like to think I have made a contribution to our profession in four main areas:
My first assignment in the Civil Service Department in 1972 was to devise and refine tests used by the Civil Service Selection Board (CSSB), working under the Government’s Chief Psychologist, Dr Edgar Anstey. This provided invaluable experience of psychometrics. I later produced the Job Analysis & Classification Scheme for top CS jobs for CSSB and the CS College. Incidentally, this became the basis for my PhD.
When I moved to Standard Telephones & Cables (STC) as the Company Psychologist in 1976, it was one of the few companies to have their own test batteries. I assumed responsibility for training and monitoring standards of over 100 Personnel Officers and Managers. I also designed new ability tests for managers. STC was seen as a model for other companies, partly based on articles on my work.
I have co-authored four editions of the standard CIPD book, Psychological Testing – A Guide for Managers, and written widely in the press on testing, especially of graduates. I co-authored the first Emotional Intelligence (EI) questionnaire in Europe and then a book (both published by ASE/NFER, 1998) and later the first EI Leadership questionnaire and book (MacMillan, 2016). Extensive research and papers have been produced on these two questionnaires, promoting the value of EI to staff, managers and leaders.
My work in the Civil Service Department and as a CSSB assessor provided excellent experience when I joined STC and was asked to set up their first Assessment Centre for assessing general management potential. Named IMPACT, it was the focus of many articles in journals, other publications and conferences. Some colleagues referred to it, even in print, as the Rolls-Royce of Assessment/Development Centres. I went on to design and run other Assessment/Development Centres in the company, and later seven others in FTSE companies as a consultant. Much of my subsequent work has been deeply influenced by the assessment centre method.
When I moved to Henley Management College in 1986, I was asked to design a competency-based process for the General Management Personal Development Workshop. Based on the assessment centre literature I devised a 40-item competency framework (published by ASE/NFER in 1997). Course members were assessed by their bosses and themselves. Research on the work, centred on the 12 Supra-competencies, was published in journals and conference papers and helped to promote the value and use of competency frameworks in the UK. Nowadays, almost every organization has one! The work also helped Henley win a contract for board work, as described below.
Directors and Board Work
The government set up national standards for employees up to Management level in the 1980s, e.g. NVQs. In the 1990s it decided to extend standards to the very top level, Boards. Henley was awarded the contract, working with the Institute of Directors (IoD), to produce the Standards of Good Practice.
A book published by the IoD, Standards of Good Practice for the Board, is still in print today while the Standards continue to be used to assess candidates for the IoD’s professional qualification.
Henley set up the Centre for Board Effectiveness in 1995, of which I was the first Research Director and later became the Director. The numerous articles and conference papers produced have helped to promote the widespread use of the Standards for director selection, appraisal and development and for board group working and appraisal.
I was part of the team which set up the Sunday Times/Peel Hunt UK Non-Executive Director Awards in 2006. Since then I have been their consultant on assessment standards, reporting to the chair of the judges (Baroness Hogg, Sir John Parker and recently Sir Roger Carr), and a judge on the shortlisting and final panels.
During this period, I conducted research on the results which has since been published.
Through my work and writings, I hope I have promoted the value of Occupational Psychology to organisations, business schools and boards of directors in the UK and around the world. And I hope to be able to continue doing so in coming years. I thank the BPS for the great honour of this award which I would like to dedicate to all colleagues who have supported me over the last 45 years, and especially my dear friend and colleague John Barker CB, an occupational psychologist who rose to the very top levels of the Civil Service, who sadly passed away on 29 December 2016.
JOHN BARKER –
Obit in The Psychologist:
John Barker 1945-2016
John Barker achieved great success and considerable influence, both as a psychologist and civil servant. He had graduated with an MA in Psychology and Economics from Queens College, St Andrews (where he was president of the Students Union), and an MSc in Occupational Psychology (OP) from Birkbeck College, London. In 1974 he began his career as a Senior Psychologist in the Behavioural Science Research Division, Civil Service Department, one of the most influential OP units in the UK at the time.
In 1980 he was appointed Principal Psychologist in the Civil Service Commission and then to Assistant Director of the Civil Service Selection Board. During this period, he contributed much to the British Psychological Society as Chairman of the Standing Press Committee and as a member of the Standing Committee on Registration of Psychologists, the BPS Council and the committees of both the Division and Section of Occupational Psychology.
In order to advance, John moved from the Psychologists cadre to the mainstream administration group within HM Treasury in 1986, first as a Principal in the Personnel Management Division and then as Head of Management Services. In 1995 he moved to the Cabinet Office with responsibilities for senior Civil Service staffing and development and became Director of the Top Management Programme. From 2002 until his retirement in 2007 he was Director of Talent, supporting the Cabinet Secretary on Senior Civil Service appointments at Permanent Secretary and Director General levels.
Thus John worked very much within the OP domain but exercised his influence as an Administrator. In the Cabinet Office, he supported the employment of psychologists. Thanks to his input, OPs were engaged to help in many high-level activities, including the selection of Permanent Secretaries and other top level Whitehall jobs, which broke new ground for the OP profession.
It speaks volumes for his stature in Whitehall that his retirement party was attended by three current and previous Cabinet Secretaries. John was awarded the CB in 2003. After retiring John became an Associate of Veredus Executive Resourcing, advising government departments. He also worked internationally on senior staffing and other issues.
Work aside, John was very active in various charities, having been Chair of the Civil Service Retirement Fellowship, Chair of The Kids Task Force and President of Langley Park Rotary Club. Over the years his other interests included playing golf, watching cricket and football, choral singing and collecting fine wines. He was devoted to his wife Viv, son Gareth and daughter Katie and a proud grandfather to Charlotte and Thomas. John was a modest, unpretentious, relaxed individual who rarely raised his voice. He was very approachable, warm, friendly and easy to get along with, having a great sense of humour. He would however be the first to admit that his filing systems could have been much improved! John was a delightful colleague and friend who will be sadly missed by so many.
Professor Emeritus, Henley Business School
Professor Emeritus, Goldsmiths’ University of London
remember – Cc to dilys – the network reached into the bbc – huw wheldon; emlyn parry; hue Edwards dad – Attenborough and tatchs henchmen – marmaduke etc
remember dan snow – marriage to duke of w’s daughter
agri colleges – seale-hayne – harper – circesnester – hugh orde
Noreen Edwards – obit by huw Thomas – 11 March 2012 – Guardian
Noreen Edwards, who has died aged 85, was known as “the perfect matron” by her patients and staff. She demanded exacting standards of nursing care and was a very efficient administrator, firm but fair. These qualities were tempered by her innate kindness and a wicked sense of humour.
Daughter of the vicar of Conwy, Noreen trained as a nurse at Queen Elizabeth hospital, in Birmingham, followed by midwifery training at Queen Charlotte’s in London and St David’s, Bangor. She was matron of Nant Y Glyn maternity hospital, Colwyn Bay, Colwyn Bay Community hospital and finally Abergele hospital.
She chaired the Welsh board and the national council of the Royal College of Nursing. In the Territorial Army, she reached the rank of lieutenant colonel and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. Noreen also served on the Warnock Committee on human fertilisation; chaired a Welsh Office committee on community nursing that was widely praised for its clarity; and was the first woman to be appointed deputy lord lieutenant and high sheriff of Clwyd. She was awarded the OBE in 1970 and made a CBE in 1988.
Noreen was appointed a member of the Gwynedd health authority in north-west Wales in 1976, and became chairwoman in 1982. I was the general manager and worked with her for 10 years. She was challenging but supportive. Her combination of clear thinking and common sense enabled her to reach the nub of a complex issue quickly.
We went through some difficult times: financial pressures, an ambitious rationalisation programme involving closure of hospitals with fierce public opposition, occupation of the headquarters by Welsh-language activists, and all the usual controversy that goes with the NHS. Through it all, Noreen retained the trust of successive secretaries of state for Wales, Welsh Office officials and the local medical, nursing and other staff.
She never lost the common touch and treated everybody with the same courtesy and respect. Her approach to all issues was grounded in her concern for patients. What she had learned as a nurse and a matron informed her approach to all issues in the health service.
In 1973 she married Geoff Edwards, the town clerk of Colwyn Bay. Their marriage was a very happy one, and she nursed Geoff through his final distressing illness. His three sons and their families all adored her. Geoff and two of his sons died in 2004. Noreen is survived by her stepson, Michael; daughter-in-law, Chris; and five grandchildren.
Lt Col in TA – Gallagher, Parry, THAT BINT TINA DONNELLY from RCN
Colwyn Bay Heritage website:
Noreen Edwards (née Thomas), who has died aged 85, was active in the RCN (Royal College of Nursing) for many years, chairing the college’s council and Welsh board. Her name will live on through the Noreen Edwards chair at Bangor University in north Wales.
Daughter of the vicar of Conwy, Noreen undertook her nurse training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and midwifery training at Queen Charlotte’s in London and St David’s, Bangor.
She was matron at the Nant-y-Glyn Maternity Hospital, Colwyn Bay, then Denbighshire Hospital – now Colwyn Bay Community Hospital – and finally Abergele Hospital.
Noreen was appointed chair of the RCN’s Welsh board and went on to become chair of RCN council from 1969 to 1971, and deputy chair until 1973. In that year she married Geoffrey Edwards, the town clerk of Colwyn Bay.
A nurse member of Gwynedd Health Authority, she was its deputy chair in 1979 and chair in 1982. Noreen also served on the Warnock committee on human fertilisation and, in 1987, chaired the Welsh Office committee that reviewed community nursing.
Noreen was the first woman to be appointed deputy lord lieutenant and high sheriff of Gwynedd. She was a justice of the peace, member of the council of the school of medicine at Cardiff University, president of the local branch of Soroptimist International, a governor of Rydal School in Colwyn Bay and member of the National Trust’s north west committee.
A lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army, she was awarded the Territorial Decoration and appointed to the Order of the British Empire in 1970. In 1988, Noreen was created a commander of the British Empire.
This obituary appeared in the Nursing Standard on January 23rd, 2012 (page 33) and is reproduced here with their kind permission.
obit in nursing standard written by Laurence Dopson, freelance journo
COLWYN BAY!! gwynfa, copshop, Robert owen n others, huw Vaughan Thomas, david jones mp, etc
Prof David Jones – Chief Nursing Officer, GHA, Prof of Sheffield University
Secondly it is the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s 10th Anniversary. The Sheffield and North Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery was integrated
around the world in sixteen pages…
into the University as a full and equal partner with other Schools in the Faculty of Medicine and became the University of Sheffield, School of Nursing and Midwifery on 1 April 1995. At that time the Dean, Professor David Jones, challenged staff and students to grasp the opportunities now open to nurses and midwives as they became part of the higher education arena. Our current Dean, Dame Betty Kershaw
LinkedIn – Emeritus Prof at Sheffield – April 1995 to present, based Llangollen, Denbighshire
Bala Boys’ Grammar School;
Dafydd Iwan and Alun Ffred??
Dorothy Keddie – ass dir nursing NWHA – listed Llanfairfech in 2002/03 – with Peter F Keddie
David Jones – orth surg at yg and gosh – ROBERT OWEN LINK??
Mel Jones is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Awen Jones works as a manager in his medico-legal practice. A large proportion of clients who have visited Villa Oleanders work (hard) within the NHS at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital Bangor, north Wales.
BMJ letters – 25 Aug 2001:
Hospice At Home Gwynedd and Anglesey – 1/7/94-31/5/2007
OLIVER – RICHARD HYWEL PICTON 28th March, 2010 Retired Consultant Surgeon, MB, BS, FRCS England, MS London. Suddenly but peacefully at his home in Bangor. A much loved husband of Dorothy, father of David and step father of Wendy. Grandfather of Hayley and Jordan. Funeral service at Berea Newydd Chapel, Bangor on Wednesday April 7th, 2010 at 12.30pm. MENAI W –
Committal following at Bangor Crematorium, (private family only by request). Family flowers only, but donations gratefully received towards Gwynedd Hospice at Home and the British Heart Foundation.
[REMEMBER DAVID PRICHARD – surg, MD]
Harry Edwards – cons aneath, YG – Dr Harry Edwards OBE, MB, ChB, DRCOG, FRCA. Formerly Consultant Anaesthetist, Ysbyty Gwynedd and Chairman of the Welsh Medical Committee
Edwards, john chawner, peter tivy-jones, ken jones – daily post scare article in 2015
Jeffrey Green, cardiol YG – while looking, found dr Lawrence cotter on website of soc health association
Michael crumplin. former consultant surgeon, wxm maelor
twitter – Retired surgeon, who studied the Napoleonic Wars for 50 yrs – esp. their medical aspects. I am a curator, author and lecturer and education lead for Waterloo200
Chronicle 7 March 2017 – Hollywood Adviser and Noted Surgeon
Michael Crumplin acted as adviser to Master and Commander and is set to lift the lid on the brutal side of battles…
a surgeon with 45 years experience
A top surgeon who has acted as adviser to Hollywood films is set to lift the lid on the “darker side of war”.
The drama and heroics of battles such as Waterloo and Trafalgar have gripped historians, novelists and artists for the last two centuries.
And consultant surgeon Michael Crumplin FRCS has spent 45 years studying what he calls the “darker side of war.”
This has included the results of soldiers and sailors facing the effects of cannon, musket and cold steel in the wars against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and the task facing military surgeons of the time in dealing with the results.
Mr Crumplin, now retired, will deliver the annual Collingwood Lecture on Naval Surgery During the French Wars 1792-1815 at Newcastle Royal Grammar School in Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, on Thursday.
The 7.30pm event is staged by the Collingwood Society, set up in honour of Newcastle-born Admiral Lord Collingwood, who was a pupil at the school.
Admission to the public is £3 and free for society members and pupils and staff of the school.
Mr Crumplin was a historical advisor to the Russell Crowe film Master and Commander, chairman of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a curator and archivist at the college.
He has been treasurer/trustee of the Waterloo Committee and member of the Waterloo 200 Operating Committee, heading the educational group for the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
His latest project has been to set up a surgical museum on the Battle of Waterloo heritage site.
His books include A Surgical Artist at War – the paintings of Sir Charles Bell, illustrating wounds received at the Battles of Corunna and Waterloo; Men of Steel, an illustrated account of wounds, and surgical care in the armed forces during the Republican and Napoleonic Wars; Guthrie’s War -the story of Britain’s most prestigious military surgeon George Guthrie, focussing on his experiences in the Peninsular War, and The Bloody Fields of Waterloo – Medical Support for Wellington’s Greatest Victory.
Of the war against France, Mr Crumplin said: “You have to understand what a catastrophically long war it was.”
Among the differences experienced by surgeons of 200 years ago compared to today, were the difficulties of controlling infection and the understanding of how the body reacts to damage and combat trauma.
“Infection 200 years ago was almost inevitable,” said Mr Crumplin.
In war at sea Infection would come from flying splinters from cannon fire, dirty patches of clothing carried into wounds and from the hands of a surgeon working flat out on a line of wounded men.
“They would be working under conditions that no surgeon today would tolerate,” said Mr Crumplin.
“They would be operating with the wounded in an upright position, having to stoop below decks, operating in poor light and very hot conditions without anaesthetic.
“Patients would be divided into three groups- the hopeless cases, those needing urgent surgery to save lives, and other wounds.
“We can only marvel at the skill of a lot of these surgeons and the stoicism of the wounded”
At Waterloo, there were 63,000 wounded on all sides and around 2,000 surgeons to deal with them.
Mr Crumplin has also studied Lord Nelson’s death at Traflagar. He took more than three hours to die after being hit by a musket ball, which severed his spinal column.
“I have studied the human cost of conflict as people have been rather reticent in dealing with the darker side of war,” said Mr Crumplin.
Torygraph, 4 March 2015 –
Why we must remember the bloody cost of Waterloo
Some 55,000 soldiers were killed and wounded during the Battle of Waterloo, a carnage comparable to the first day of the Somme. A new book written by a surgeon ahead of this summer’s 200th anniversary argues that sacrifice must not be forgotten
According to tradition, Uxbridge turned and exclaimed to the Duke, “By God, Sir! I’ve lost my leg” to which he supposedly replied, “By God Sir! So you have.”
Apocryphal or not, the exchange has become immortalised in British Army legend. But it is part of a story which, in the run-up to the 200th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo, has become largely ignored. The defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo came at a bloody cost which, in the pomp and celebration of victory, was swept to one side. It has remained so ever since.
Ahead of the anniversary, a medic and historian has witten a compelling account detailing the true scale of the bloodshed. Michael Crumplin, 72, a retired consultant surgeon from Wrexham for 25 years and now curator and archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, says he felt he must redress history.
Mick Crumplin with a Waterloo surgeon’s saw Photo: Paul Cooper
“Be under no misunderstanding,” he says. “This was, relatively speaking, a ghastly episode in British history. But because it was two centuries ago, and most military historians will not address the terribleness of the war, a lot of people have forgotten. I find it offensive and that is something I wish to change. I don’t want to horrify people, just bring things into perspective. It was a very tricky time for us. The loss of life was dreadful.”
Crumplin, who is also trustee and treasurer of the Waterloo Association, says his book, “The Bloody Fields of Waterloo”, began life as a list of the doctors present at the battle. There were about 180 on the day and another 60 drafted in to treat the injured in the aftermath of the battle. But after researching the scale and nature of the injuries sustained he realised that the experience of Waterloo had a profound effect on the British Army and the way in which it manages war zone casualties which continues to this day.
Indeed, it was the lessons learnt by the Army Medical Department during the battle – and throughout the Peninsular War – that paved the way for the birth of the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1898 and its transformation from a primitive butchering operation into the state-of-the art service which, in recent years, has been put to the ultimate test in Afghanistan. Not least, it was the number of amputations that surgeons had to perform on or near the battlefield that provided a fledgling database of experience on which to draw in future conflicts .
Crumplin discovered that there were 2,000 amputations performed at Waterloo as a result of the battle. And it is for good reason that an ebony-handled surgical saw and blood-stained white leather glove were last month chosen as part of the Waterloo 200 collection of 200 objects that came to define the battle.
Surgery was performed usually in the upright position because you had to move fast,” Crumplin says. “They would cut the flesh with large capital amputation knives and then divide the bone with a saw. That would only take a few minutes but then you had to make sure you had control of all the arteries which were to be tied off individually. Then you would dress the wound. In all it would take about 15 minutes.”
There was, of course, no anaesthesia available, only a small dose of cordial of spirits and water afterwards and, if one was lucky, some opium or laudanum. “Often the patient fainted from the foul sights he was witness to,” Crumplin says.
Most though, such as Lord Uxbridge, displayed remarkable forbearance. As the peer underwent his amputation by Wellington’s personal physician and surgeon, Dr John Hume, he uttered not a word, nor did his pulse rate increase. The only time he flinched was when the saw blade jammed. Lord Uxbridge survived and the Prince Regent created him the 1st Marquess of Anglesey. He went on to lead a distinguished public life, twice becoming Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and, in 1827, Master General of the Ordnance. He finally retired as a field marshal in March 1852…..
Crumplin suggests it may well have been the latter. For all the glory associated with the Napoleonic Wars, it was a time when life was hard, cheap and often cut short. Some 200 years on, the bodies still lying beneath the fields of Waterloo deserve remembrance.
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BBC News Wales –
A private collection has gone on show in Wrexham of rare artefacts from the 19th Century Peninsular War involving Wellington and Napoleon’s forces.
The display also includes memorabilia from Welsh soldiers involved in the war to free Portugal and Spain from French occupation.
The collection has been gathered over 40 years by retired Wrexham Maelor hospital surgeon, Michael Crumplin.
“To War With Wellington” goes on show at Wrexham Museum from Monday.
It tells the story of the British Army, including the Royal Welch Fusiliers, who waged a bloody campaign, aided by the Portuguese and Spanish armies and guerrilla forces, against Napoleon’s generals.
It is the first time the collection has gone on display together in a public museum.
The collection includes:
- A ticket to Nelson’s funeral procession
- A silver plate captured from the baggage train of the King of Spain after the battle of Vittoria
- Muskets, pistols and sabres used by the French and the British as well as a cannonball fired at the Battle of Waterloo.
Also in the exhibition is a helmet and sabre belonging to Henry Ellis Boates of Overton, Wrexham, while serving in the Peninsular War and at Waterloo.
The exhibition also includes a short film on the medical aspects of the war in which over 30,000 British soldiers died from disease – three times the number said to have been killed on the battlefield.
Mr Crumplin said: “I have been collecting artefacts and ephemera from these wars all my adult life – really to enhance my enthusiasm, and enjoyment of the subject.
“Collections must be used and not hidden away, and every object tells a story.
“My passion for an interest in the human aspects of conflict stems from a life in medicine, pride in our armed forces and a fascination for human endurance and innovation, particularly during these long French wars.
“One of the very few ‘benefits’ of combat is the chance to advance battlefield medicine. We see this par excellence in Afghanistan today in 2012.”
Wrexham Museum access and interpretation officer Jonathan Gammond described as remarkable the story of the Peninsular War and the skill with which Wellington led his troops.
“In this exhibition you can come face to face with objects that are part of this amazing story,” he said.
“As soon as I saw Michael’s collection, I knew we had the makings of a great exhibition.”
The exhibition opens on 30 April and runs until 3 September with further artefacts to be added over the coming months along with evening talks, re-enactment days and guided tours.
Men of Steel: Surgery in the Napoleonic Wars Hardcover – 23 Jul 2007
27 June 2013 – Michael’s twitter feed told us that George Osborne had offered a donation towards the restoration of the Battle of Waterloo site (reported in Guardian on 26 June 2013).
wxm maelor – bryn styn casualties, bryn alyn too
Lesley Griffiths – sec
Michael Griffith – former Chairman of CHA and Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust –
Sunday, 28 June 2009 16:50 UK
Tribute to environmental farmer
A prominent public servant and environmental farming advocate has died after collapsing while with a group of walkers on a hillside in Snowdonia.
Michael Griffith CBE, 75, a farmer and landowner from Trefnant, Denbighshire, was a former chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales.
Lord Roberts of Conwy described Mr Griffith as “one of Wales’ best ever servants” and a friend to farmers.
Mr Griffith had been near Beddgelert, Gwynedd, when he collapsed on Saturday.
A retired doctor with the party tried to revive him and efforts were continued during a flight to hospital at Bangor in a rescue helicopter from RAF Valley.
Mr Griffith had been prominent in fields of higher education and health, as well as agriculture concerns.
He served the National Trust in Wales, the Welsh School of Medicine and Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust.
He had also held positions with the British Library, Cardiff University, Land Authority for Wales and Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW).
“I and everyone in CPRW are stunned and feel a great sense of loss at the tragic news of the passing of Michael Griffith,” said CPRW director Peter Ogden.
“Michael was in every sense a great ambassador for the landscapes and heritage of Wales… and we will remain ever thankful for the contribution he made to our work,” he added.
It was Lord Roberts, as Welsh Office minister, who had appointed him to preside over the Countryside Council for Wales.
He had also chaired the former Clwyd Health Authority, along with being a former high sheriff and had been a deputy lieutenant since 1985.
“He was particularly proud of being a descendant of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and the Welsh princes,” said Lord Roberts.
“Michael was very much an environmental farmer and his friends will be as shocked by his death as I am.”
He helped draw up and launch the Tir Gofal agri-environment scheme in 1999, which saw farmers being paid for environmental work on their land.
Eton-educated Mr Griffith also once rode as an amateur jockey at Aintree.
He leaves a wife and a surviving son.
trefnant -north of Denbigh – the landowners of Denbighshire – mars-jones; Sandbach, beata brookes…
Glyn Davies, Tory MP for Montgomeryshire – blogged – Sunday, June 28, 2009
Michael Griffith CBE 1934 – 2009
Glyn Davies – friend of Shirley Hooson on the council with her – emlyn h – mr thrope – r waterhouse’s friend – defended ceryl davies etc
While searching, found announcement of death of Dafydd’s mate from the old days at the Maudsley – on King’s College London website –
Professor Griffith Edwards, CBE
The Institute of Psychiatry regrets to announce the recent death of Professor Griffith Edwards, CBE, Emeritus Professor of Addiction Behaviour, Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London.
Professor Edwards was one of the most significant figures in addiction research of the last half-century.
After starting at the IoP in 1962, as a trainee psychiatrist and research worker, he formally retired in 1994 but continued to be highly active from his office in the National Addiction Centre (NAC).
In 1967 he founded the NAC, then known as the Addiction Research Unit (ARU). As its director and the first Professor of Addiction Behaviour in the UK, Professor Edwards’ contributions to the field of addiction study was substantial, reshaping our understanding and treatment of alcohol and drug dependence.
A prolific author and dedicated research pioneer, Griffith Edwards produced 40 books, 192 scientific papers and was the editor of the Society for the Study of Addiction’s journal – ‘Addiction’, the leading international journal in the field from 1978 until his passing.
Professor Edwards was an extraordinarily intuitive clinician, an inspirational teacher, mentor and a world renowned addictions specialist who leaves behind a truly lasting legacy and will missed by all who knew him and the many more who were touched by his work.
The Early Years
James Griffith Edwards was born in India on October 3 1928, the younger of two sons returning to England in 1929. Initially Griffith did not follow the family tradition of veterinary medicine (his father was a distinguished veterinary bacteriologist), opting for mathematics, after winning a scholarship to Oxford in 1947. He subsequently switched to medicine, graduating from Balliol College in 1951 with a degree in animal physiology.
Griffith went on to add a Master’s and Medical Degree and on completion of his clinical studies at St Bartholomew’s in 1955 moved permanently to the Institute of Psychiatry as a trainee psychiatrist and research worker in 1962, where he fell under the influence of the Dean D. L. Davies who encouraged his early interest in alcoholism.
1962-1966 | Research Worker, Institute of Psychiatry
1966-1967 | Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry
1967-1973 | Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry
1967-1994 | Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals (Emeritus from 1994)
1973-1979 | Reader in Drug Dependence, Institute of Psychiatry
1979-1994 | Professor of Addiction Behaviour, Institute of Psychiatry (Emeritus from 1994)
1967-1994 | Director, Addiction Research Unit, Institute of Psychiatry
1991-1994 | Chairman, National Addiction Centre
Professional Influence | Committees and Consultancies
From early on in his career Professor Edwards advised governments, international bodies and held membership to several expert committees.
- Contributed centrally to the World Health Organisation’s alcohol programme on alcoholism and drug dependence in 1968, with revisions in 1976;
- Contributed to the drafting of the addictions sections of ICD-10 and DSM-IV;
- Member, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges group making submissions on cannabis to the House of Lords in 1998;
- Consultant, President’s Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, Washington;
- Consultant, Ministry of Health – Bolivia and Mexico;
- Member, Cabinet Office group concerned with design of national UK alcohol policy, 2003
Honours and Academic Awards
1971 | Edwin Stevens Lecturer and Gold Medallist, Royal Society of Medicine
1981 | Jellinek Memorial Prize (international alcohol research award)
1986 | Evian Health Prize
1987 | Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.), awarded for services to social science and medicine
1990 | Annual Award of AMERSA (American Educational and Research Society on Alcohol)
1992 | Honorary Professorship in Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile (life tenure)
1996 | Nathan B Eddy Gold Medal (international drug misuse research award)
1998 | Auguste Forrell Prize (European alcohol research award)
1998 | Hon F.R.C.Psych.
2004 | Distinguished Fellow: Society for the Study of Addiction
2011 | Honorary Emeritus Fellow, International Drug Abuse Research Society
2011 | European Federation of Therapeutic Communities Award
2012 I Max Glatt Medal of the Medical Council on Alcohol
Publications | Books and Scientific Papers
Although Professor Griffith Edwards produced nearly 200 scientific papers and over 40 books, he was particularly proud of two texts written for a general audience:
- Alcohol the Ambiguous Molecule. London, Penguin Books, 2000. Published 2002 in US by Thomas Dunne Books as Alcohol, the World’s Favourite Drug.
- Matters of Substance: drugs and why we use them. London, Penguin Books, 2004.
Drug services at the time – comment
Barts trained – Reg Vick, Lord Snowdon’s dad a Guvnor – Maudsley with Dafydd – UNDER DAVID Lewis Davies – at Oundle with John Harman and Kenneth Robinson – Sir John Rogers Ellis –
Dr J Gwyn Thomas MB, DCh, DRCOG, BSc, FRCGP. Formerly a GP and Chairman of the Welsh Branch of the Royal College of General Practitioners and Provost of Merseyside and North Wales Faculty of the RCGPs –
GP in Denbigh throughout the Gwynne and Dafydd years
A Country Doctor`s Diary Paperback – 1 Aug 2001
a third generation doctor and “one of Denbigh’s great characters” who died peacefully at home.
Dr Gwyn Thomas was described as a “legend” who “genuinely cared for his community.” MOST WORKED IN DENBIGH…
The 89-year-old delivered more than 1,700 babies at Denbigh Infirmary and became the third generation of his family to practice as a GP. He qualified in 1965 – Dafydd was promoted to the level of consultant in 1964 -and had almost 4,000 patients on his books at one time, and even practiced alongside his late wife, Mari before retiring in the 1990s.
A post on the Vale of Clwyd Angling Club, of which he was a founder member, read: “Dr Gwyn will be fondly remembered by the fishing community for his wit and passion for the River Clwyd. Our club owes a great deal to the work undertaken by Dr Gwyn to secure quality fishing for locals in the Vale of Clwyd.” Members said he often reduced the AGM meetings to “fits of laughter” and added: “Our thoughts go to his family at this time.”
Vale of Clwyd Angling Club HERE – rather exclusive – salmon and trout ‘the best waters’ – including the waters near Llangollen that are plastered in private notices – much of that area is completely inaccessible, like much of windermere it has been entirely privatised…
In 2016, Dr Thomas also celebrated 40 years as a member of Denbigh Rotary Club.
Denbigh Rotary Club – clips on you tube from 1968 and 70s – footage of horse n hounds Flint and Denbigh Hunt
Hoosons – past presidents of Denbigh Rotary Club – emlyn Hooson grew up in Denbighshire farming family, married Shirley daughter of WHO – do essentials of Hooson – Grays, a la mars-jones
DO SHIRLEYS DAD with the aristos
whole town dependent upon the asylum; surrounded by farming country – Gwynne lived in Denbigh – Kate Roberts –
Peter Thomas Rotary President 1973-74
He penned an entertaining autobiography called ‘A Country Doctor’s Diary’ about his life as a family practitioner.
Denbigh councillor Mark Young said: “Dr Gwyn got me into politics taking me to my first public meeting regarding North Wales Hospital’s future and numerous campaign hustings.
|05 MAY 1964||REGISTERED|
- DENBIGH AND DISTRICT MENCAP SOCIETY (Old Name )
- DENBIGH AND DISTRICT SOCIETY FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN (Old Name )
EMLYN HOOSON – big man from Denbigh grammar school HERE
his father-in-law was an even bigger man for Dafydd and Gwynne to utilise –
HAMER, Sir GEORGE FREDERICK (1885 – 1965), industrialist and public figure
Date of birth: 1885
Date of death: 1965
Spouse: Sybil Dorothy Vaughan Hamer (née Owen)
Child: Shirley Margaret Wynn Hamer
Parent: Martha Hamer (née Matthews)
Parent: Edward Hamer
Occupation: industrialist and public figure
Area of activity: Business and Industry; Philanthropy; Public and Social Service, Civil Administration
Author: James Arthur Davies
Kt., cr. 1955; C.B.E. 1948; Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire and Custos Rotulorum 1950-60; born 19 March 1885, son of Edward and Martha Hamer (née Matthews), Summerfield Park, Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire; married Sybil Dorothy Vaughan Owen (High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire 1958), 3rd daughter of Dr. John Vaughan Owen and Emma Wigley Owen (née Davies), at St. Idloes parish church, Llanidloes on 1 July 1920; one daughter (Shirley, Lady Hooson). He was educated at Llanidloes Grammar School and began his business career in 1902 when he joined the staff of his father’s firm, Edward Hamer and Co., at Llanidloes. The firm farmed extensively and were pioneers in the Welsh mutton trade, being purveyors to three monarchs. In 1919 Sir George became sole proprietor of a firm of leather manufacturers bearing the name of his brother, T. Pryce Hamer, who was killed in action in France during World War I. Sir George became chairman of directors when the firm became a limited company in 1946, but relinquished the position in June 1954 when there was an amalgamation with another firm, although he remained a director of the company. He was a member of Llanidloes Borough Council 1919-54, Mayor on eleven occasions; Alderman 1932; Hon. Freeman of the Borough 1948; Montgomery County Council 1929 (Chairman 1951-54 and 1956-58); Alderman 1949; Chairman Montgomeryshire Education Committee 1947-51; member of Council for Wales and Monmouthshire 1949-54 and 1956-59; Chairman of Wales Gas Consultative Council and member of Wales Gas Board 1949-58; member of Central Advisory Council for Education (Wales) 1945-49; member of B.B.C. Advisory Council for Wales 1946-49 and a member of the Welsh Joint Education Committee. J.P. Montgomeryshire 1932 and Chairman of Llanidloes Borough and Upper Petty Sessional Benches 1950-60; Chairman Montgomery County Magistrates’ Committee. High Sheriff of Montgomeryshire 1949. County President Venerable Order of St. John for several years; President Montgomeryshire Boy Scouts’ Association; President Montgomeryshire Playing Fields Association; Chairman Montgomeryshire Assessment Panel; Chairman of Governors Llanidoes Secondary School; Member of the Governing Body Colleges of each of the constituent of the University of Wales; member of the University Court; Vice-Chairman Mid-Wales Police Authority; Member of the Court of Governors and Council of the National Museum of Wales; Member of the Court of Governors of the National Library of Wales; member of the North Wales Development Council; Vice-President of the Industrial Association of Wales and Monmouthshire; member of the General Committee of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales; Chairman of Llanidloes Boys’ Club from its foundation in 1937. He became completely involved in the life of the community which he served in all its aspects but perhaps his most significant contribution was the firm and able leadership which he gave to the education service in the implementation of the 1944 Butler Education Act. His philosophy of education in the 20th century derived its inspiration from the two Liberal Members of Parliament for the county of Montgomery who played a significant part in the development of Intermediate and Higher Education in Wales in the 19th century — Lord Stuart Rendel and A.C. Humphreys Owen. He died on 3rd February 1965 and was buried in Llanidloes.
- Dr James Arthur Davies, Bangor WHO HE
Dr Ellen Emslie MB ChB, FRCP. Formerly Consultant Dermatologist, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
Annwen Carey Evans OBE. Formerly High Sheriff Gwynedd
D.B. Carey Evans OBE, FRAS.
Carey evans – Lloyd George’s family – olwen Lloyd George married Thomas CHECK carey-evans –
DAN SNOW – dan’s wife = daughter of Gerald, duke of westminster
Elizabeth Colwyn Foulkes MBE, FRIBA, DL. –
Sir William Gladstone BT, KG. Formerly Lord Lieutenant Clwyd
Sir Erskine William Gladstone of Fasque and Balfour, 7th Baronet, KG, JP, DL (29 October 1925 – 29 March 2018) was a teacher and an officer in the Royal Navy. He was Chief Scout of the United Kingdom from 1972 to 1982.
Gladstone was the son of Sir Charles Gladstone and Isla Margaret Gladstone (née Crum), and a great-grandson of the former prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone. He was educated at Eton, and joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1943 and saw action in World War II mainly based on destroyers in the Indian Ocean. Upon leaving the navy (with the rank of lieutenant), he received an honours degree in history at Christ Church, Oxford. He then entered the teaching profession, with positions at Shrewsbury and Eton, and he became head master of Lancing in 1961. He retired from the teaching profession in 1969.
He married Rosamund Anne Hambro (born 1939) on 10 September 1962. They had three children: Charles Angus Gladstone (born 1964), Victoria Frances Gladstone (born 1967), and Robert Nicolas Gladstone (born 1968).
Rosamund is daughter of Major Robert Alexander Hambro (1910–43) and Barbara Jessica Hardy Beaton (1912–73). She is also a niece of Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–80)  and Lady Nancy Smiley (1909–99) married to Sir Hugh Houston Smiley, 3rd Baronet (1905–90). 
Gladstone became a Scout whilst a student at Eton. He encouraged the school Scout Group whilst Head Master at Lancing. He became Chief Scout of the United Kingdom in 1972, a position he held until 1982. During his tenure he took special interest in the development of Scouting in deprived areas, particularly the inner cities and new housing estates. In 1979 he was elected Chairman of the World Scout Committee.
He died on 29 March 2018 at the age of 92.
Sir Meuric Rees CBE, FRAS. Formerly Lord Lieutenant Gwynedd
Daily Post, 21 June 2007 –
ONE of Wales’s best-known farmers, Meuric Rees, 83, of Escuan Hall, Tywyn, Gwynedd, who received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, has devoted a long record of service to farming and civic affairs.
An innovator of hill land improvement on his farm overlooking the Meirionnydd coast he has devoted energy and enthusiasm to many agricultural organisations at local and national level including a lifetime’s association with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
A Royal Welsh Gold Medallist and winner of the society’s most prestigious prize, the Sir Bryner Jones Memorial Award, is a distinction as yet unequalled. Both coveted honours, they are given for personal achievement; one for services to the Royal Welsh and the other for contributions to agriculture.
Sir Meuric, who attended his first Royal Welsh Show in 1933, was chairman of the Royal Welsh council from 1993 until he retired from office in 2005 and was RWAS president in 1978.
Actively involved in agripolitics he was elected the first chairman of the newly-established Welsh Council of the NFU, one of the many offices in which he served in the interests of fellow farmers in Wales.
His experience of practical farming, knowledge of land reclamation methods and close association with the Welsh Plant Breeding Station led to his membership of the Station’s advisory committee.
He also became a governor of the UK Institute of Grassland and Animal Production and the Agricultural Research Council and was involved in the transference of the Institute’s headquarters from Hurley to Aberystwyth, a critical move that led to the emergence at Plas Gogerddan of IGER, the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, of which he was a governor for many years.
Despite the demands of the agricultural sector he committed time and energy to extensive public service.
He became a magistrate in 1958; he was High Sheriff of Meirionnydd in 1978, was made a Deputy Lieutenant of the county and became Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd in 1989, holding the office until 1999. Urdd Gobaith Cymru and the YFC have been major interests. He was a member of the Urdd and he joined the YFC in its early days in 1945 as a founder member of his local club at Bryncrug.
Twenty years later he became the president of the YFC in Wales.
He is a CBE, a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies and was awarded an MSc by the University of Wales in 1998. He is also a Knight of St John.
Meuric is a Patron of JRI (The John Ray Initiative): ‘The John Ray Initiative is an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action. JRI’s mission is to promote responsible environmental stewardship in accordance with Christian principles and the wise use of science and technology.’
Other Patrons of the JRI are:
Lady Elizabeth Catherwood
Richard Chartres was the Bishop of London (1995-2017) and formerly Bishop of Stepney (1992-1995), a London vicar (1984-1992), and Chaplain to Robert Runcie while Bishop of St Albans and then at Canterbury. His publications include Religion, Science and the Environment.
Lord John Gummer, Baron Deben, was formerly Secretary of State for Environment (1993-97), and MP for Suffolk Coastal. He was Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1989-93), Minister for London, Employment Minister and Paymaster General. He was first elected an MP in 1970. He is active in the promotion of the European cause, and well known for his detailed presentation of European business issues. While at MAFF he chaired the European Council of Agriculture Ministers during the negotiations for GATT, and represented EU Ministers in Chicago during the final stages of the trade negotiations. He has earned worldwide respect both in the business community and among environmentalists – Friends of the Earth called him “the best Environment Secretary we have ever had”. Since leaving office he has been appointed Chairman of the International Commission on Sustainable Consumption and Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council. He is Chairman of THE SANCROFT GROUP, which is active in environmental, ethical and health and safety consultancy. John Gummer was a keynote speaker at Forum 2002, an Anglo-American climate change conference.
Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS Ghillean Prance is Visiting Professor at Reading University, and Scientific Director of the Eden Project, Cornwall. He was formerly Director of Kew Botanic Gardens. Prance spent many years in Amazonian Brazil doing botanical exploration and taxonomy, and has lived with 16 indian tribes. He has written over 300 papers on plant systematics, plant ecology, ethnobotany and conservation – and 13 books including A Passion for Plants: From the Rainforest of Brazil to Kew Gardens (Lion, 1995) and The Earth Under Threat – A Christian Perspective (Wild Goose, 1996).
Emeritus Professor Calvin DeWitt Cal DeWitt was formerly Director of Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies, Wisconsin, USA – preparing hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students for environmental careers integrated with biblical worldviews. His publications include “Creation’s environmental challenge to evangelical Christianity” in The Care of Creation (IVP, 2000). Also see further information and an interview in Grist magazine.
(Richard Ellis) Meuric Rees was LL – 5 March 1990 – 24 February 2000 – Eric Sunderland succeeded Meuric – 24 February 2000 – 21 October 2005; CHANGE OVER ON WATERHOUSE DAY?? WATERHOUSE REPORT Prepared 15 Feb 2000 HANDED TO PAUL MURPHY AND WHO ON DATE?
Huw Daniel succeeded Eric, 1 May 2006 – 2014
Meuric preceded by Henry Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey 18 October 1983 – 5 March 1990
Sir Charles Michael Robert Vivian Duff, 3rd Baronet (3 May 1907-3 March 1980) was a British socialite who was Lord Lieutenant first of Caernarvonshire and then of Gwynedd.
Duff was the only son of Sir Robert George Vivian Duff, 2nd Baronet, of Vaynol (d.1914), and his wife, Lady Juliet Lowther (1881-1965), only child of the 4th Earl of Lonsdale and his wife, Constance Robinson, Marchioness of Ripon. His maternal grandmother was a sister of the 13th and 14th Earls of Pembroke and Montgomery, and a daughter of the Rt. Hon. Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea, the half-Russian younger son of the 10th Earl of Pembroke, and a good friend of Florence Nightingale. He had one sibling, Victoria Maud Veronica Duff (1904-67, married John Edward Tennant). His stepfather, from 1919 until 1926, was Major Keith Trevor.
He was a godson of Mary of Teck (queen of King George V). Handsome and good-mannered, he was famed as a host and raconteur.. He inherited the 1,000 acres. Welsh estate of Vaynol (also known by its Welsh spelling ‘Faenol‘), the slate of which was the principal source of the family’s wealth. Surrounded by the estate’s seven-mile-long stone wall, the Duffs lived in Vaynol New Hall, which had been built in 1800. The medieval Vaynol Old Hall, also on the estate, was lived in by the farm manager and later the estate manager.
In 1928, Sir Michael assumed the additional surname of Assheton-Smith, only to renounce it in 1945. He served as High Sheriff of Anglesey for 1950. He then served as Mayor of Caernarvon, High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire (1932) and Lord Lieutenant of both Caernarvonshire and of Gwynedd.
He was a practical joker, one of his favourite pranks being to dress up as Queen Mary and pay surprise visits to friends – until he bumped into the Queen herself in a neighbour’s hall. He also wrote a light novel, The Power Of A Parasol, published in 1948.
Sir Michael Duff-Assheton-Smith, as he then was, married first, on 5 March 1935, Hon Millicent Joan Marjoribanks (born 1906), daughter of the 3rd and last Baron Tweedmouth. They divorced in July 1936, and the marriage was annulled 1937.
Sir Michael Duff, as he then was, married as his second wife, on 14 July 1949, Lady (Alexandra Mary Cecilia) Caroline Paget (1913-73), the eldest daughter of Charles Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey, and his wife, Lady Marjorie Manners, the eldest daughter of the Henry Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland. They adopted a son, Charles David Duff (b. 1950), who became a theatre historian.
A documentary screened on BBC Two Wales in 2005 (‘Faenol: Secrets Behind the Wall’) featured Charles Duff discussing his childhood, the bisexuality of his adoptive parents, their marriage of convenience, and the details of his parentage. He did not inherit the estate, and when it was sold all the records were burnt, so compounding the mystery. In another interview for the BBC (Wall Of Silence, BBC Wales website) Charles said of Vaynol: “It was a place of great conviviality and energy and joy.” However, by the time Charles was in his teens, Sir Michael had come to believe that his second marriage and the adoption of his son had been grave errors, and according to Charles Duff, “he started to demonise both my mother and myself.” Although appearances were maintained, neither could then do much right in Sir Michael’s opinion. By this time the house and estate were also in decline. (Before the Second World War there had been 17 gardeners.)
The Vaynol estate, in northern Wales, close to the Anglesey estate at Plas Newydd, passed out of Duff family hands, the last main portion including the demesne within the walls being sold off in 1984. This came into the family via Mary Assheton-Smith, niece and heiress of the famous squire Assheton-Smith, the celebrated foxhunter.
The Spectator, 2 Dec 2017, Richard Davenport-Hines, reviewed the volume written by Sir Michael’s son, Charles Duff, ‘Charley’s Woods: Sex, Sorrow and A Spiritual Quest In Snowdonia’:
Charles Duff’s memoir tells a sad tale of cruelty and betrayal with spry wit rather than bitter resentment. Notwithstanding the subtitle’s threat of earnest Welsh soul-searching, Charley’s Woods is tart, arch and crisp. It recalls a strange, lonely childhood with brisk frivolity and a ruthless perception of other people’s oddities, vices and humours.
Duff was born in Battersea in 1949. His mother, Irene Gray, was a Dublin social worker who pioneered role-play therapy in Ireland, and became pregnant by an Irish don of French-Jewish descent. After her son’s surreptitious birth, she hastened back to Dublin. In a hugger-mugger fashion, without legal formalities, two collateral royalties, the Marchioness of Carisbrooke and her sister-in-law the Countess of Athlone, arranged for the infant to be adopted, at the age of ten weeks, by Sir Michael and Lady Caroline Duff.
The Duffs had a mariage blanc. He preferred men, and her taste was predominantly for women. She had, however, become pregnant, and Duff, a country neighbour who wanted a male heir but was unlikely to father one, married her for mutual advantage. Some attributed the paternity of Caroline’s child to her uncle-by-marriage Duff Cooper; but Anthony Eden, who had been her occasional lover since the 1930s, believed he was the father. In any event, the baby was stillborn. Jonathan Gray was substituted as a consolation for Caroline, and transmuted into Charles Duff. His new forename was in memory of his adoptive mother’s recently dead father, the Marquess of Anglesey.
Michael Duff was the last male of a family of Welsh slate millionaires originally called Duff-Assheton-Smith. They lived in a large, plain, white-faced house, Vaynol, in Gwynedd, with a 1,000-acre park enclosed by a seven-mile wall. The park had a manmade lake with three islands, red deer, white cattle, a rhinoceros and a giraffe. Mount Snowdon was part of the property.
Caroline Duff lost her virginity to Tallulah Bankhead, who is quoted as saying: ‘Pity the poor lesbian, who cannot whistle at her work.’ She lived for decades with a tipsy actress whom Charles remembers as ‘wild, rebellious, insecure and wonderful fun’. Dressing in slacks and men’s sweaters, Caroline was ‘opaque, mysterious and intriguing’, Charles says. ‘There was an incomparable stillness about her. She always listened beautifully — although I’m not sure she often heard much. Her movements were lithe and sexy.’ She was a splendid mother to a small boy — ‘affectionate, tactile, encouraging; often tickling, laughing and rolling about on furniture and floors’. But she rejected her foundling after he reached adolescence. Her wayward self-indulgence is ultimately chilling.
Charley’s Woods is rueful rather than boastful. It abounds in lordly and theatrical anecdotes, waspishness and mordant intelligence. After reading the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Teilhard de Chardin, the teenage boy was buggered in his changing cubicle on a Tangiers beach by Joe Orton (‘It was the first time I had had sex with anyone other than a schoolfriend’). There is grateful remembrance of obscure noblemen, glamorous cosmopolitans such as Cecil Beaton and of the Vaynol chauffeur and his wife, George and Eluned Russell, who saved Charles’s sanity as a child (‘I loved them as much as I loved anybody’). He is loyal in his admirations: he was at prep school with Prince Charles, and now thinks him ‘the reincarnation of Solomon’.
There is a delicious section on a man who doubled as salesroom correspondent of the Observer and as a pimp for upper-class married gay men. Originally named Harry Carnes, he wished to change his name to ‘Simon Sailor’, but being dissuaded, compromised by becoming ‘Simon Fleet’. Duff says that Fleet woke each morning thinking ‘what has this day got to offer me, and for me to offer others?’ It might be the epigraph for his tender-hearted, prickly, resilient and life-enhancing memoir.
17 June 2018 – Eryl Crump – The Daily Post – interview with Charles, discussed his childhood and his book. Mentioned that regular visitors to the Faenol estate were Brenda, the Queen Mum, Lord Snowdon and Harold Macmillan. Other visitors included Ingrid Bergman, Fred Astaire and Cecil Beaton. Charles Duff, at the time of the interview, had not visited the Faenol for seven or eight years – he mentioned that there was not much demand for a lecturer in London theatre in the area -. The daily Post gives an account of Sir Michael as anything but witty and pleasant; a vindictive man who delighted in cruelty to his son. Charles’s account of his mother Caroline was that she was good fun when he was a boy but just dropped him when he was older.
It is mentioned that among the men with whom Caroline had affairs were Rex Whistler and Anthony Eden. The Daily Post also lets on that Lord Snowdon was Charles Duff’s godfather…
Charles told the Daily Post that Sir Michael had portrayed him as ‘hopeless, dishonest, alcoholic, a loser and a reprobate’ but Charles wrote his book taking the view that he had been brought up by a rather odd couple and had survived their excesses quite well. Sir Michael was so hostile to Charles’s theatrical ambitions that when Charles began acting in his early 20s, Sir Michael commissioned his mates to attend Charles’s performances and boo and jeer at him.
Charles did not inherit Faenol. On DATE Sir Michael died and Charles’s cousin, Andrew Tennant inherited, while Charles was in recovery from alcoholism. All the records were destroyed and Tennant sold the estate.
1984 – Gwynne – Wood – here
There is a substantial amount about Charles Duff’s family on the web and in recent media articles.
One blog aangirfan.blogspot.com provides the following information:
Michael Duff and Caroline Paget enjoyed sexual abuse and drugs.
As a baby, Charles Duff was adopted by the gay Sir Michael Duff and the bisexual Lady Caroline Paget.
Charles Duff’s real mother was a social worker, who died of a brain haemorrhage aged 42.
Charles Duff’s real father was an Irish don of French-Jewish descent.
Lady Caroline Paget was aged 21 when she had a relationship with a woman called Audrey Carten (13 years her senior), after a brief relationship with the American actress Tallulah Bankhead.
Lady Caroline had affairs with men, including her uncle Duff Cooper and the artist Rex Whistler.
Sir Michael Duff.
Lady Caroline eventually married Sir Michael Duff.
Sir Michael Duff had a boyfriend in London – the Observer gossip columnist Edward Mace – and liked to dress up as Queen Mary.
Charles remembers wondering why Sir Michael Duff wanted him dead
At age 16, Charles Duff was sent by his mother to Tangier – ‘the gay capital and drug centre of the world’.
In Tangier he was to be looked after by his aunt, Veronica Tennant, and godfather, David Herbert.
Rex Whistler, David Herbert, Walter Crisham and Lady Caroline Paget.
In Tangier –
1. Charles Duff was seduced by the playwright Joe Orton in a locker room on the beach
2. Charles Duff smoked joints with William Burroughs, the author of Naked Lunch.
Later, Charles Duff seduced Nicholas Eden, the son of Sir Anthony Eden.
Extracts from an article in the Daily Mail, 26 July 2019:
How about this for an arresting opening sentence? ‘My mother’s lover, a one-time actress called Audrey Carten . . .’
This is a family memoir out of the ordinary. Charles Duff, or Charley, seemed to be born with a drawerful of silver spoons in his mouth. His father was Sir Michael Duff, Queen Mary’s godson and Lord Lieutenant of Caernarvonshire, while his mother, Lady Caroline Paget, was the eldest daughter of the Marquess of Anglesey.
He grew up at the family’s 18th-century country house — Vaynol, in North Wales — surrounded by servants, royals and socialites. Photographer Cecil Beaton was a regular visitor and Princess Margaret would land a helicopter on the lawn — from where you could see Mount Snowdon, which lay on the family estate.
Sir Michael was disappointed that Princess Margaret’s future husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, his godson — yes, everyone in this book is improbably well-connected — chose to name his earldom after the mountain without asking his permission.
Despite, or perhaps because of, his aristocratic upbringing, Charles’s home life was, in his own words, ‘unconventional, wild, sexualised and superficial’.
His bisexual mother was just 21 when she embarked on her relationship with Audrey Carten (13 years her senior), after a brief fling with the American actress Tallulah Bankhead.
Described by her aunt Diana Cooper as ‘a dream of physical beauty . . . classic long legs’, Lady Caroline continued to have affairs with men, including her uncle Duff Cooper and the artist Rex Whistler.
But, after falling pregnant at 36, she urgently needed a husband.
An arranged marriage followed with Michael Duff. They were ill-suited — he had a stammer, was a half-wit and gay — but he liked the idea of marrying a marquess’s daughter, needed an heir and he hoped more children might follow. No wonder Isaiah Berlin called it ‘a very peculiar marriage’.
Sir Michael kept a boyfriend in London — The Observer gossip columnist Edward Mace — and liked to dress up as Queen Mary as a comic turn.
Once, while staying at a friend’s house, he was in royal drag when the real queen arrived, prompting a hasty change of clothes.
The author sought refuge from this cross-dressing mayhem by taking solitary walks in the nearby woods.
The highly unusual domestic set-up provoked endless speculation among his parents’ friends about Charles’s true paternity.
Charles Duff was born in 1949. His first book, The Lost Summer, was a history of the West End in the 1940s and 1950s. He is an actor, a lecturer in Shakespeare and theatre history, and a contributor to the national press on arts-related subjects. He has lived between Los Angeles, London, Paris and Tangier and he is now a Brother of the London Charterhouse.
Dr David Roberts MB, ChB, MRCS, LRCP, DPH, MFCM. Formerly Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Gwynedd Health Authority
Hilary Stevens. Formerly Chairman, Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust
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