My post ‘Accidents Happen’ discussed Lib Dem Lord Paul Tyler – follow up –
Des Wilson (born 5 March 1941) is a New Zealand born campaigner, political activist, businessman, sports administrator, author and poker layer. Des was one of the founders of the British homelessness charity Shelter and was for a while an activist in, and President of, the 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 Australia, Wilson moved to the UK in 1960 at the age of 19.
Over the next few years Des took a range of jobs before becoming a journalist. He became the founding Director of Shelter in 1966 and then became a columnist for ‘The Observer’. Des also spent two years as Director of Public Affairs for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Des Wilson 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 he wasn’t elected for Hove, Wilson remained in the Liberal Party and in 1986 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 in the run-up to that General Election to have me fitted up for a serious criminal offence and imprisoned shortly after the General Election. 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. 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. I told Alwyn about it and told him that I would from then on record all telephone calls between Dafydd and me. Alwyn told me that if ever Dafydd said anything like that again to take the recording to the police. I presume that Alwyn warned everyone that I was going to record Dafydd… Dafydd never tried another bribe over the phone although he said many other highly incriminating things.
Brown heard the conversation in which Dafydd tried to bribe me and wrote to Gwynedd Health Authority about the matter. Twice. 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.
John Hamilton was a high profile Quaker. Lucille Hughes’s henchman in Gwynedd Social Services, Gethin Evans, was active in the Quakers in Bangor, as was Dr Paul Nickson, one of the GPs in Bethesda who colluded with organised abuse and the framing of targets/complainants. Paul Nickson eventually left Bethesda to practice as a Top Doc in Liverpool.
One high profile Quaker family are the Frys, based in the West Country. Jeremy Fry was one of the Swingers who was a good mate of Lord Snowdon and Ma’am Darling. Jeremy was prevented from being Lord S’s best man because he had recently been convicted of opportuning for immoral purposes. Jeremy Fry and his wife lived in Bath and hosted interesting parties. Lord Snowdon was the biological father of Polly Fry, who was brought up as Jeremy’s daughter. Polly was conceived at about the time of Lord S’s engagement to Ma’am Darling. Jeremy Fry was a good mate of Mr Thrope and Roger Gilliatt, the Top Doc who trained at the Middlesex Hospital just after Gwynne and who knew Gwynne and Dafydd and served as Lord S’s best man when the not so private lives of Jeremy Fry and Mr Thrope were deemed too risky to warrant their inclusion in the wedding pics. Although how Lord S and Ma’am Darling passed that particular test themselves I can’t work out. See previous posts…
Ieuan’s wife Eirian Llwyd worked as an Angel in Liverpool, 1969-73 and after that worked as a midwife at St Asaph. Eirian knew about the abducted babies and dangerous illegal abortions that resulted from the scams run by the Top Docs of north Wales. See eg. ‘It’s Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Arf!’ 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 mid-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. See previous posts eg. ‘People With Energy’.
Dafydd Iwan was a leading light in Cymdeithas; Dafydd Iwan grew up near Bala, where his dad was a Methodist Minister. J.E. Daniel, the father of the Gang’s mate corrupt judge Huw Daniel, was (like Huw) a mate of Dafydd and Gwynne, an early activist in Plaid, a lecturer at the Bala-Bangor (Methodist) Theological College and a Schools Inspector. See eg. ‘Tan yn Llyn’.
Huw Daniel and J.E. Daniel were educated at Friars School in Bangor and then Jesus College, Oxford, as was Harold Wilson. Harold’s wife Mary was the daughter of a Nonconformist Minister and the Wilsons were well-networked with Methodists. The Westminster molester George Thomas was for decades during the middle of the 20th century, the most famous Methodist in Britain. See eg. ‘There’s Methodism In This Madness’ and ‘Come Friendly Bombs’ for info on Methodists and the Gang and Mary Wilson.
Ieuan Wyn Jones 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 as an executive for S4C, also served as a Gwynedd County Councillor before serving as the Plaid AM for Caernarfon, May 2003-May 2007 and for 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.
VAL FELD – HERE
Ieuan still preaches and holds a role as a chapel elder.
GMC HERE – Lord John Walton, President of the GMC, 1982-89; President of the BMA, 1980-82:
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 1987 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 and worked as a solicitor in Bala after studying law at Liverpool University, served as the Labour MP for Merioneth (the constituency contained Bertrand Russell and Sir Clough Williams-Ellis at Cwm Croesor), 1966-Feb 74, was struck off by the Law Society in 1987 for embezzling clients’ money. I have been told that the Gang went after Will Edwards for other reasons and that, as with the pursuit of Sgt Morgan by his fellow criminals, it was something to do with my case. See previous posts.
Lord Maelor aka Thomas Jones, the Labour MP who held the seat (1951-66) before Will Edwards, 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. See previous posts.
Anne killed in april 1986 See post ‘A Trail Of Blood’
wood yelling at me three weeks later
me – hammersmith Sept 1986 – Bentall key link H smith-Bangor See post ‘Interesting Facts’.
F – fitted up and imprisoned in 1986
DAWKINS – the blind watchmaker – 1986
ollie brooke – jailed on 18 Dec 1986 – See post eg. ‘Oliver!’
On 13/14 Dec 1986, days before Ollie appeared in Court and pleaded guilty, Dafydd and Superintendent Roberts at Bangor Police Station conspired to wrongfully arrest and unlawfully imprison me in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. Details of the conspiracy were recorded in my medical notes by an Angel, Wendy Gough Hughes, who also recorded her extreme reluctance to have anything to do with the ‘deal’ between Dafydd and Supt Roberts. Dr Neil Davies, one of Dafydd’s consultant colleagues, told Wendy that it wasn’t her breaking the law, it was Dafydd and Supt Roberts and all she had to do was to refuse to let me out (I was being held in Bryn Golau, the locked ward aka ‘medium secure unit’). See previous posts.
Wendy later left Denbigh and ended up working in Manchester in a senior mental health nursing role. She told her teenaged children years later that before they were born she had worked ‘in a really terrible hospital in Denbigh’, so bad that she just got out of there.
In Jan 1987 Sir William 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. The trial 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’, a resident of Bersham Hall, a children’s home near Wrexham. 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 was 20 at the time of the offences and had been in care himself, in Bryn Estyn. Gerry’s status as a former kid in care in Bryn Estyn alone throws up many worrying questions about this whole scenario and how much of the official account can be believed.
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.
Day of sentencing – the day of or just days after I’d been suddenly released from Denbigh – CHECK DATE – driven to a railway station by Angels, told to ‘shut your mouth about DA’ and that if I ever came back to north Wales I’d be arrested, and then physically put on a train to London by the Angels.
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.
The first occasion on which I was unlawfully detained by Jackie Brandt of Gwynedd Social Services – after Alun Davies told me that if I arrived at Ysbyty Gwynedd once more to complain, I’d be sectioned – was during August 1986, when I arrived at Ysbyty Gwynedd trying to pursue my complaint.
So Jaqueline Thomas’s problems with Clwyd Social Services that ended in her appearance in Court seem to have mirrored my difficulties with the Gang with regard to timing. William Mars-Jones is the common theme as we shall see…
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 Arnold 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, five members of staff and some residents were transferred to Chevet Hey. Of all the children’s homes in north Wales, Bryn Estyn and the Bryn Alyn Community, 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…
The Waterhouse Report also tells us that Jacqueline Thomas was ‘unmasked’ as an abuser after G, resident at Bersham Hall, ‘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 County Council’s own records and statements, 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 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 have set fire to the Hergest Unit, 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 and 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 of 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 these allegations. 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 at the time, ‘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.
In 1979, Gillison was suspended on full pay from his job at Bryn Estyn after he came out as gay. Gillison was a prominent member of the Chester branch of CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality). A number of people left that branch of CHE, alleging that it was a front for paedophilia.
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. Gerry had been in a kid in care himself at Bryn Estyn…
Some three months before William Gerry ‘committed suicide’, an accident happened:
Another factor driving events was Alison Taylor, the Gwynedd social worker who blew the whistle on the abuse of kids in care and never stopped raising concerns.
In Feb 1986 Alison Taylor took her allegations re the abuse of kids in care in north Wales to Wrexham Councillor Keith?/ Marshall. Marshall on police authority as well??
In Dec 1986 Alison was informally suspended by Lucille Hughes; on 13 Jan 1987 Alison was officially suspended (just about as I was suddenly released from Denbigh or a few days previously??) CHECK -.
William Mars-Jones’s song and dance in Mold Crown Court took place three days after Alison was suspended by Lucille.
On 17 Jan 1987, the day after Mars-Jones and his comments at the trial re the abuse of kids in care in north Wales received so much publicity, Alison wrote to Thatch stating that she had witnessed the abuse of kids in care in north Wales.
Ollie Brooke’s sentence was reduced on appeal in May 1987 by Lord Chief Justice Geoffrey Lane after Lane received ‘hundreds’ of letters from Top Docs in support of Ollie. Ollie was released days later. See ‘Oliver!’.
Tuppence – July 1987 libel case – The star – Tuppence won £500k damages – that letter I wrote to Gwynedd Health Authority making innocuous comment about a witness who gave evidence against Tuppence – underlined by unknown hand.
Tuppence was subsequently convicted on 19 July 2001 for perjuring himself in July 1987. Monica Coghlan, the sex worker due to give evidence against Tuppence at the trial, had died on 27 April 2001, from injuries incurred the day before after a drug addict in a stolen car crashed into her. Tuppence’s trial opened one month after Monica died.
By April/May 1987 the Gang’s Cunning Plan to get me up to north Wales immediately after the June General Election ‘to discuss my complaint with Dafydd’ (by refusing to discuss it with me under any other circumstances or with any other person or to answer questions of mine by letter) and then fit me up was well-advanced; it is all detailed on my documents. The Mental Health Act Commission was on board, so was Risley Remand Centre as was the Home Office under Home Secretary Douglas Hurd. Douglas Hurd was the nephew of Prof Edred Corner, the Cambridge botanist who knew Prof Greig-Smith of the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW. Greig-Smith worked with Dr D.G.E. Wood’s wife as well as the many other friends and relatives of the Gang who worked in that Dept as well as in the wider institution. See ‘Additional Security Measures’. Greig-Smith was unpopular, he was a very unpleasant man, but he was the biggest name in the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW; Greig-Smith invented the discipline of quantitative ecology, he was revered. See previous posts.
In July 1987 when the Gang tried to fit me up for ‘attempting to stab a doctor’ the story fell apart hours later after I’d been arrested because the witness statements were all so inconsistent. Then Angels from Denbigh began ringing Sgt Morgan at Bangor Police Station claiming to have been threatened by me. Sgt Morgan refused to take their statements over the phone as they were suggesting he should. Tony Francis then rang the police station and stated that I had ‘paranoid schizophrenia’, was ‘very dangerous’ and that he’d send a Top Doc over to section me. Sgt Morgan told Francis that he would not let the Doc into the police station and hung up on Francis. Then D.G.E. Wood arrived at the police station and demanded to see me. Sgt Morgan refused to let him in. However Sgt Morgan didn’t let me go although I hadn’t been charged with any offence.
Dafydd subsequently crashed into police station at gone midnight, got past Sgt Morgan, asked me if I’d ‘passed’ my MSc (I’d received the results a few days earlier), I said yes and Dafydd responded with ‘I think ewe should be in prrrissson’ and crashed out again.
Alwyn Jones, my solicitor from Bangor, arrived at about 1 am and told me that Dafydd was only demanding my imprisonment because ‘you’ve complained about him’. Still nobody let me out of the police station.
A local GP also visited me that night in his capacity as a ‘police surgeon’; he testified to the police that I was sane and should not be sectioned. This Top Doc wasn’t unpleasant or threatening but I strongly suspected that was because he realised that things would get very difficult if I made a complaint about him under the circumstances. I don’t know who he was, he was an South Asian Top Doc but had obviously worked in north Wales for a long time and knew everyone involved; he made a few quips about Dafydd being ‘a little eccentric’ and flying planes to the destinations of his clinics.
I was charged with a minor public order offence the next day, appeared at Bangor Magistrates Court immediately and was bailed to live at Leicester with Brown (I’d moved in with Brown in May 1987 after completing my MSc at Hammersmith) until my next Court appearance before Bangor Magistrates.
Days later I starred in the ‘Bangor and Anglesey Mail’ under the headline ‘Banned From Bangor’.
I wrote to MIND, the GMC and made a formal complaint to the NHS…
Shortly after all this, in Aug 1987 Dafydd told me over the phone that if I withdrew my complaint against him he’d get me a place at Liverpool Medical School. Brown listened into the telephone conversation and wrote to Gwynedd Health Authority about the matter but received no replies. That was when Brown asked Alwyn Jones if we could prosecute those we know and love for perjury or wasting police time… Ooh no not possible.
On 3 Nov 1987 Alison Taylor was formally dismissed by Gwynedd County Council.
NUPE refused to represent Alison although she was fully paid up member of that union.
The General Secretary of NUPE in Nov 1987 was that public sector and NHS favourite, Rodney Bickerstaffe:
Thanks Rodney Who Loved Angels, Thatch and Tebbs couldn’t have done it without you!
Sir Peter Morrison – in Nov 1987 Minister of State for Energy with responsibility for Oil – in anticipation of a visit to Bryn Estyn perhaps:
|2nd President of the National Pensioners Convention|
|Preceded by||Jack Jones|
|Succeeded by||Frank Cooper|
|2nd General Secretary of UNISON|
|Preceded by||Alan Jinkinson|
|Succeeded by||Dave Prentis|
|General Secretary of the National Union of Public Employees|
|Preceded by||Alan Fisher|
|Succeeded by||organisation abolished|
|President of the Trades Union Congress|
|General Secretary||Norman Willis|
|Preceded by||Alec Smith|
|Succeeded by||Alan Tuffin|
|Born||6 April 1945
Hammersmith, London, England
|Died||3 October 2017 (aged 72)|
|Alma mater||Rutherford College of Technology|
Rodney Kevan Bickerstaffe was General Secretary of NUPE, 1982–93 and UNISON, 1996–2001 and President of the UK National Pensioners Convention (2001-05).
Born on 6 April 1945 in Hammersmith, Bickerstaffe’s mother was unmarried when he was born. The two lived for three years in east London in a home for unmarried mothers. Bickerstaffe then moved to Doncaster among his extended family. He was educated at Doncaster Grammar School and studied sociology at Rutherford College of Technology, now Northumbria University.
Doncaster is on site of the big ring in Yorkshire that was linked to the Gang in north Wales. Savile’s crime empire spread across Yorkshire and Savile had begun building that by the early 1950s.
Bickerstaffe became an organiser for NUPE in 1966 in Yorkshire, rising to be Divisional Officer of the northern division. He then became National Officer responsible for members working in local government, universities and the water industry and in 1981 was appointed General Secretary of NUPE.
David Williams, who Trained as an Assistant to Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist, became COHSE Regional Rep for Yorkshire in 1955. Williams rapidly climbed the COHSE ladder, becoming a National Officer in 1962 -by which time Dafydd was stoking the party on David Williams’s old stomping ground and the Profumo Affair was snowballing, a matter that Dafydd and Gwynne knew a great deal about. Williams became Assistant General Secretary of COHSE in 1974 and then served as General Secretary, 1983-87.
David Williams grew up in Gwynedd, attended Brynrefail School (which was firmly under the control of the Gang for generations), trained as an Angel at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh where he became active in COHSE and was also active in the Labour Party, his high point PR-wise being photographed with Nye Bevan. Williams served on the Labour Party NEC, 1981-83. David Williams was appointed to the General Council of the TUC in 1983. For further info re David Williams’s career see previous posts, including ‘A Very COHSE Relationship With Some Very Nasty People’.
Funnywoman Jo Brand had a well-publicised career as a psychiatric nurse before she became a Strong Woman and her early comedy moments inevitably included an anecdote from Jo about her having to Sit On A Dangerous Nutter while they waited for the Top Doc to arrive with The Injection. How Brand ever convinced anyone that she was On The Side Of The Oppressed and PC I do not know. Brand was a COHSE rep herself, when she worked as an Angel with Dafydd’s mates at the Maudsley. Jo performed fund-raising gigs for COHSE when she first became famous. Jo knew David the Assistant Royal Lobotomist. Jo also worked as an Angel at Cefn Coed Hospital, Swansea, another institution facilitating abuse that was packed with Dafydd’s mates. Previous posts discuss Funnywoman Jo and her career and that period of time when Jo began receiving Big Breaks. Around 1986/87. Think Ollie, Alison Taylor, Brown, me and the BBC and its network who of course Didn’t Know About Savile. Savile who had the NHS unions, particularly in Yorkshire, eating out of his hand and even boasted to Grocer Heath that if he told the NHS workers in Leeds to strike, they would and what would the Grocer do then? See previous posts.
Thatch’s Health Minister Trumpers appointed Savile to the Broadmoor general management task force in 1987. Within months Savile had been appointed General Manager of Broadmoor and his mate Alan Franey, an NHS senior manager from Leeds, had been appointed CEO of Broadmoor. See eg. ‘Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’ and ‘A Pretty Classy Piece Of Operation’.
It was in 1983 that Gren Kershaw – who was clearly by the 1990s one of the biggest disasters in NHS senior management in north Wales – arrived in north Wales as a middle ranking NHS manager, having begun his career in Yorkshire, with a stint in Leeds. See previous posts.
When NUPE, COHSE and NALGO merged to create UNISON in July 1993, Rodney Bickerstaffe became Associate General Secretary of UNISON. He was elected General Secretary in November 1995, taking office on 28 February 1996.
The Jillings Report into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council from 1974 to 1993 was presented to Clwyd County Council on Feb 22 1996. The contents were so damning that the Council’s insurers Municipal Mutual completely suppressed – and later pulped – the Report on the advice of Michael Beloff QC. See ‘It’s A Piece Of Cake…’
Michael Beloff was a colleague of Cherie, a friend of Cherie and Miranda’s and the son of Lord Max Beloff, a friend of Ioan Bowen Rees, Chief Exec of Gwynedd County Council, 1980-91. See ‘I Know Nuzzing…’
Lord Max was from a big family and his siblings included: Nora, a journo for Reuters and ‘The Observer’; Ann, a biochemist who married Nobel laureate Sir Ernst Chain; John, a rather whacky psychologist; and Renee, a Liberal Party activist. All were networked to the Gang in many ways. See previous posts.
Lord Max was a pal of Thatch and was the mover and shaker behind the private University of Buckingham, of which Thatch became Chancellor. Lady Ann Beloff-Chain was appointed to a senior post at the University of Buckingham, that particular post being bank-rolled by the Clore Foundation. Dame Vivien Duffield is the Chair of the Clore Foundation (now called the Duffield Foundation). Dame Viv’s husband was the son of a Top Doc who knew Dafydd and Gwynne, and Dame Viv’s long-term bedfellow was Sir Jocelyn Stevens, owner of the Express newspaper and much else as well. Dame Viv’s dad, Sir Charles Clore, the ‘philanthropist’ who established the Clore Foundation, was a client of Christine Keeler, one of the central figures in the Profumo Affair. One of the biggest recipients of Dame Viv’s charidee was the Royal Shakespeare Company until they had a dust-up with each other. See previous posts.
Municipal Mutual were also the insurers of the North Wales Police. Between them, Clwyd County Council and the North Wales Police ensured that mountains of documentation re the kids in care were not handed over to the Jillings investigation team.
Rodney Bickerstaffe retired from UNISON in 2001 and succeeded Jack Jones – as in Lord Jack Jones, a mate of Maltese PM Dom Mintoff, who was also a Maltese Mafia boss, Jack Jones, like Richard Crossman, holidaying at Dom’s place in Malta (see previous posts) – as President of the National Pensioners Convention in April 2001. Bickerstaffe stood down in 2005 – the year that I finished my PhD and Brown and I began publishing about matters north Wales – to ‘focus on his international commitments’. Rodney Chaired the Global Network that works with organisations in Asia, Africa and Latin America and was President of War on Want. Rodney also Chaired the Ken Gill Memorial Fund, a non-charitable trust established to commemorate his late friend, the British trade unionist and internationalist Ken Gill.
brief refresh re Ken HERE. See previous posts.
Rodney was involved in fighting discrimination of all kinds and was a Patron of the Dalit Solidarity Network, an organisation in London (UK) for opposition to the oppression of India’s caste system.
Rodney was not so pro-active with regard to fighting discrimination and the caste system in north Wales:
Bickerstaffe was awarded honorary doctorates from Keele University, the University of Hertfordshire and Sheffield Hallam University as well as the Freedom of the Borough from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough.
By the time that Alison Taylor had been sacked by Gwynedd County Council, Dr James Earp, a forensic psychiatrist from Towers Hospital Leicester, had been asked for his Expert Opinion re me (although the offence with which I had been charged at Bangor Police Station was very minor). Earp decided that he needed to see me over a period of several months to make up his mind. He tried to persuade me to enter his unit as an in-patient; I refused. I had no idea at the time that there was a ring in Leicester linked to Dafydd’s Gang, that Earp and his colleagues – including the big wigs at Leicester Medical School – were facilitating it and that Earp was almost certainly trying to get me into the hands of the Leicester gang as Dafydd’s little law-breaking ways were now backfiring on them all so spectacularly.
For years the Dean of Leicester Medical School was Sir – later Lord – Robert Kilpatrick. Prior to that Kilpatrick had served as Dean of Sheffield Medical School, on Jimmy Savile’s turf. Kilpatrick was Scottish and grew up in a mining community in Fife and had also held senior roles at Edinburgh University. Kilpatrick had excellent contacts across the social spectrum, presenting himself as a Top Doc Of The Common People who Was With The Mining Communities, while being an insufferable elitist who hung out with, and did favours for, the grandest.
Kilpatrick left Leicester University in 1989 when he was headhunted by the GMC to become their President/Chair to replace Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate Lord John Walton, as Alison Taylor and I refused to keep quiet about the criminality in north Wales and the police investigation into the ring in Leicester gathered pace.
For details of Kilpatrick’s toadying to the Grandiose and Corrupt until the end of his life, see eg. ‘Remember Girls – Never Get Into A Car With A Stranger!’.
Earp wrote his final Expert Report about me months after I’d been charged and declared that he thought that I was seriously mentally ill, that I had complained about the Gang in north Wales to conceal this by discrediting them, but he had no evidence that I was mentally ill and therefore could make no recommendation to the Court. It was all rather Dafydd-esque but without Earp being obviously completely mad a la Dafydd. See previous posts including ‘An Expert From England…’
In Aug 1993 James Earp, at that time the Director of the Trent Regional Forensic Service, became headline news when he found himself at the centre of a scandal re an Escaped Murderer, James Rudman, who in Nov 1991 had stabbed his wife more than 20 times killing thus her, used Expert Testimony from Top Docs to enter Earp’s secure unit rather than prison, subsequently escaped from Earp’s care, fled the country and very nearly succeeded in using a loophole in the Mental Health Act to remain a free man for the rest of his days. The family of Rudman’s dead wife claimed that he was a callous domestic abuser who had formulated a Cunning Plan, feigning illness…
Reading the media reports it is hard to not conclude that the Cunning Murderer had a great deal of help from a number of corrupt Top Docs who testified re his Mental Illness, as well as from some helpful corrupt lawyers and perhaps a corrupt judge as well. The Murderer also had inside help re the escape from Earp’s secure unit.
When interviewed on TV while Rudman was on the run, Earp seemed remarkably unconcerned about what had happened and commented that if Rudman had escaped and was still a free man and alive and well after so many weeks on the run, he clearly didn’t need to be in hospital, so why all this fuss? See post ‘Gwlad y Menig Gwynion’.
In Aug 1993 when Mr Rudman was on the run, the Dept of Health admitted that the Mental Health Act loophole would mean that if he wasn’t caught within days no-one would have the power to return him to hospital or prison. Ian Bynoe, by then Legal Director of MIND commented on the case in the media, as did Ian McCartney, then Labour’s Spokesman of Mental Health.
Before I saw James Earp in 1987, I had a meeting with the then Legal Director of MIND, William Bingley. I had no idea that Bingley – and his mum, Lady Juliet – were longstanding mates of Dafydd and had been colluding with him for years. Bingley told me that Dafydd was a ‘charming psychopath’, that his attempts to blackmail and then bribe me ‘are characteristic of the man’, that Dafydd ran a big Sex Therapy practice on the north Wales coast and used the information that he gained from this to blackmail/threaten people, that he was completely out of control and that I should simply not return to north Wales because I would be arrested if I did. Bingley did not act on any of the info that I gave him re Dafydd and the Gang’s criminal conduct towards me. Bingley probably phoned Dafydd as soon as I left his office…
Bingley did tell me that James Earp was a completely different type of Top Doc from Dafydd, ‘a good conservative psychiatrist’ and that none of the psychiatrists in Leicester were a problem. The 1992 Kirkwood Report into Frank Beck’s offending and the ring in Leicester was highly critical of the psychiatrists in Leicestershire… See previous posts.
William Bingley did add that ‘no-one is like DA Jones’. Before I met William Bingley, I had a discussion with the man in Leicester MIND. He had heard of the chaos in north Wales, told me that ‘there’s a psychiatrist who’s been up there for years and he’s got everything sewn up for himself’ and that ‘it’s all supposed to be tied up with Freemasonry’. The man in Leicester MIND assured me that Earp and his colleagues were not radicals, but I’d have no problems with them, it was all OK in Leicester.
My discussions with Bingley and the man in Leicester MIND took place in the late summer of 1987 after the Cunning Plan to frame and imprison me imploded. It was the man in Leicester MIND who told me to go to MIND HQ in London and take advice from Bingley.
The police investigation into Leicestershire social worker Frank Beck, Greville Janner MP and organised abuse in Leicestershire began in 1986. It was the biggest child abuse scandal that the UK had hosted, although it was subsequently beaten by the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Beck was arrested on 14 April 1990 and convicted of the abuse of over 100 children on 29 Nov 1991.
Beck died ‘from a heart attack’ in HMP Whitemoor on 31 May 1994. The Labour Leader John Smith had died at Bart’s on 12 May 1994 after they were ‘unable to revive him’ following a heart attack. See eg. ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – The Scottish Play’. A great deal was happening in north Wales in Spring 1994 as we shall see later in this post.
Greville Janner was interviewed by the police in the presence of his solicitor Sir David Napley in 1990. Napley was so sure that Janner would be charged that he had George Carman QC at the ready. The CPS subsequently admitted that there was sufficient evidence to charge Janner and they have never explained why he wasn’t charged.
Like Ronnie Waterhouse, Greville was a member of Middle Temple, joining Middle Temple at a very similar date to Ronnie.
The DPP when the CPS inexplicably decided not to prosecute Greville was Sir Allan Green who resigned in late 1991 after he was caught ‘kerb crawling’ at King’s Cross. Dame Babs Mills succeeded him as DPP. Sir Allan’s estranged wife Lady Eva Green was found dead at her home on 30 Jan 1993 – ‘suicide’ – although much about Lady Eva’s death suggested that it might not have been suicide. See previous posts eg. ‘A Future Leader Of The Labour Party’.
In 1990, William Bingley was appointed Chief Exec of the Mental Health Act Commission, when it became clear that Frank Beck was in a great deal of trouble and just in time for James Rudman to murder his wife and benefit from James Earp and colleagues.
Bingley left MIND as the crap hit the fan re the allegations of a paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire and as the desperate efforts throughout 1990 to imprison me began…
David Cresswell CHECK name – the man at the helm of the MHAC’s Liverpool branch, had been on board with the Cunning Plan in 1987 to frame and imprison me, as indeed was the Home Office under Douglas Hurd. Cresswell jumped the gun rather by writing a letter to Clwyd Health Authority telling them that he understood that I was now in Risley Remand Centre and thus he would now be sending his reply to my complaint re Dafydd and the Gang to my home in Leicester (!), although the Cunning Plan had fallen apart. Whether Cresswell sent the letter in advance of the attempt to frame me or whether no-one told him that it all unravelled in Bangor Police Station I don’t know.
Ian Bynoe, William Bingley and Ian McCartney never muttered a word about the ring in Leicester or organised abuse facilitated by Earp or any other Top Docs.
Ian Bynoe was a busy bee though. Before he Spoke Out re James Rudman, in Dec 1992, Bynoe Spoke Out about Dr Kyprus Loucas at Broadmoor, who it transpired had been Breaching The Mental Act Legislation for at least seven years; Loucas had even subjected some patients to treatment unlawfully. Bynoe Demanded Answers, as did the then Labour Spokesman of Health, one David Blunkett. Blunkett wanted the Secretary of State for Health Virginia Bottomley to Make A Statement About Kyprus Loucas. The name ‘Jimmy Savile’ wasn’t mentioned at any point and neither were the patients at Broadmoor who had been sexually assaulted by Savile. Blunkett’s political domain had been, for his entire career, Sheffield, on the turf of Jimmy Savile’s crime empire. See ‘The Big Questions’.
In Dec 1992, just look at what was happening in north Wales…
William Bingley’s dad – Lady Juliet’s husband – was of course Admiral Sir Alec Bingley, Fifth Sea Lord and appointed NATO Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet in 1959 and then Commander in Chief of Portsmouth and the Channel in 1961 . Sir Alec retired in 1963, as the nation’s leaders smarted under the shame of the Profumo Affair. Sir Alec knew all about John Vassall and the Gay Spies in the Admiralty and he knew of matters Lord Mountbatten, the extent of which are only now becoming public knowledge. See eg. ‘The Defence Of The Realm’.
Lord Denning wrote the Report into the Profumo Affair, widely viewed as a rather inadequate cover-up, which Denning presented on 24 Oct 1963. Lord Denning’s brother Sir Norman spent his career in Naval Intelligence and was Director of Naval Planning, 1945-56, Director of Naval Intelligence, 1960-64 and Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for Intelligence, 1964-65. See previous posts eg. ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ for info on the Dennings.
Lady Juliet has featured in many posts previously. She was the daughter of Harley Street Top Doc and Bart’s surgeon Reginald Vick, a difficult man who ruled the roost at Bart’s for decades, including when Lord Snowdon’s father was one of the Governors there and Vick knew about the organised abuse facilitated by Bart’s. Lady Juliet trained as a social worker at the LSE when Westminster Swinger Richard Crossman’s mates ran and staffed the LSE; Juliet’s social work placement as a student was undertaken in Liverpool, with Liverpool Personal Services. Dafydd’s Gang ran that organisation; Juliet trained with them either just before Dafydd began studying at Liverpool Medical School or when he was at the beginning of his degree there. Juliet subsequently worked as an almoner (social worker) at Bart’s, married a Posh Man and became his Posh Wife.
During the course of her Posh Husband’s career, Lady Juliet lived in Malta, 1958-61 and became friends with Dom Mintoff, who served as Malta’s PM twice and was also a senior figure in the Maltese Mafia. Richard Crossman and the trade unionist Jack Jones were also good mates with Dom and both enjoyed free holidays at Dom’s place in Malta. Harold Wilson concealed Crossman’s stay at Dom’s house, because he knew that a political scandal would follow if it became public knowledge. Lady Juliet’s obituaries all discussed her charidee work re Malta and her establishing of social services and building of hospitals in Malta. See previous posts.
When Richard Crossman was Secretary of State for the DHSS, 1968-70, he commissioned architects with whom he was mates eg. Richard Llewelyn Davies, to build NHS hospitals. Llewelyn Davies was Prof at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 1960-69 and the held a Chair at the LSE. Lord Llewelyn-Davies is most famous for designing Milton Keynes, his company Llewelyn-Davies, Weeks, Forestier-Walker and Bor bagging the contract.
Richard Llewelyn-Davies’s wife Patricia aka Annie, was a Labour peer who took an interest in the NHS and Social Services. Lord and Lady Lewellyn-Davies were a couple who had many interesting powerful friends across the political spectrum. See previous posts.
Here’s Richard L-D, having a think about what to build next after the triumph that was Milton Keynes:
Here’s Annie; the NHS was ship-shape when feisty women like her Sat On The Board, We Did Not Have ANY Of These Complaints:
Brown has wondered what Harold Wilson’s Gov’t did in return for the Maltese Mafia as a result of the cosy friendships enjoyed with Mintoff. I’m wondering what the British security services were up to being mates with the Maltese Mafia. Lord Mountbatten was one of the high ranking Navy figures who hung out in Malta.
Lady Juliet became a Lady when her husband became a Sir in 1959; Lady Juliet then bagged an MBE in the New Years Honours of 1991, the year in which my career in medical research was destroyed and the careers of at least three other witnesses to Dafydd and the Gang who knew me were wrecked as well. Peter Morrison was knighted in Feb 1991…
I was told last year that Malta is a centre of organised crime. After Operation Pallial reopened the investigation into the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, some defendants were living in Malta. One such man who had retired to Malta was Bryan Davies, who was extradited from the Maltese Island of Gozo in 2017. Bryan Davies was the former Deputy Principal of Ystrad Hall, near Llangollen. Ystrad Hall was an independent school for ‘handicapped’ children run by a company called Care Concern; Ystrad Hall was in operation between 1974 and 1981. After that date it became another facility for young people run by a company called ‘Prospects’. ‘Prospects’ Cared For ‘mentally ill children’ between the ages of eight and 18.
North Wales just heaved with mentally ill and handicapped kids who all Told Lies To Get Compensation. Surely this syndrome was worthy of inclusion in DSM and a few international conferences with good food and wine?
After Bryan Davies was extradited from Gozo, he was brought back to north Wales and charged with 38 sexual offences, carried out in north Wales between 1975 and 1978 (Davies lived in Wrexham at the time) and Sussex between 2007 and 2013. In 1978 Davies had been convicted of three offences of indecent assault on two Ystrad Hall pupils, for which he was put on probation for 12 months, a condition of which was hospital treatment and ordered to carry out 160 hours of community service.
On 28 May 2018 at Mold Crown Court, with Judge Huw Rees presiding, Bryan Davies was found guilty of 29 of the offences with which he was charged. Davies was not in Court for the verdict because he had made a serious suicide attempt days previously and was under police guard in King’s College Hospital, London. See previous posts.
Care Concern – Paul Hett?? CHECK.
After Sir Alec died on 23 Sept 1972, Lady Juliet unleashed her inner social worker once more and ‘got involved’ with MIND, who in those days were mates with Gwynne as well as Dafydd. Lady Juliet subsequently became Chairman of MIND and then her solicitor son William joined the merry ship and soon became MIND’s Legal Director.
I always presumed that William was the rather hopeless son of Posh People who happened to be a solicitor and thus mum bagged him a job at MIND. I now realise that it is just as likely that William was steered towards being a solicitor to enable him to join MIND as its Legal Director what with Dafydd and the Gang tripping over Mary Wynch who had a penchant for legal action AND exposing corruption in legal circles in north Wales… It might explain why William’s first degree was undertaken in the elite environs of Queen’s College, Cambridge yet for his Legal Training William slummed it at the City of London Poly (now London Met University). William was also known to misrepresent himself as a barrister.
William Bingley replaced the US activist Larry Gostin as Legal Director of MIND. Gostin also served as General Secretary of the NCCL, 1983-84. He subsequently returned to the US and is now a Professor of Law, having advised Hillary Clinton on her Health policy. See ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
Sir Ian McCartney has appeared on this blog before.
Sir Ian McCartney
|Minister of State for Trade|
5 May 2006 – 27 June 2007
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Ian Pearson|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Jones of Birmingham|
|Chairman of the Labour Party
Minister without Portfolio
4 April 2003 – 5 May 2006
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||John Reid|
|Succeeded by||Hazel Blears|
|Minister of State for Pensions|
8 June 2001 – 4 April 2003
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Jeff Rooker|
|Succeeded by||Malcolm Wicks|
|Member of Parliament
12 June 1987 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Michael McGuire|
|Succeeded by||Yvonne Fovargue|
|Born||25 April 1951
Educated at Lenzie Academy, McCartney left the school at the age of 15 without any qualifications. He led a paper-boys’ strike at the age of fifteen and had a number of jobs after leaving school, including a seaman, a local government manual worker, and a kitchen worker. McCartney was a Councillor for Wigan, 1982-87.
McCartney became the MP for Makerfield following the 1987 General Election. He was one of the founders of the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group the same year, and was its first chairman. McCartney held a number of positions during Labour’s period in opposition and was variously a Spokesman on Health, Employment, Education and Social Services. In 1994, McCartney ran Prezza’s successful campaign to become Labour’s Deputy Leader.
On 23 May 2009, McCartney announced he would not stand again at the 2010 General Election due to poor health.
Between October 2004 and October 2005, McCartney was Chairman of the Labour Party in two capacities – as the Party Chair (appointed by the party’s leader) with a seat in the Cabinet, and as the Chair of the NEC (elected by the members of the NEC). He was also Chair of the Party’s National Policy Forum, which formulates Labour Party policy. The NPF oversaw the ‘Big Conversation’ project, which saw the Labour Gov’t try to consult the general public on the future direction of Party and Gov’t policy. Trusted by both leadership and membership, McCartney was seen as a key link between the Gov’t and the wider Labour movement.
In 2006 McCartney took a three-month leave of absence following heart bypass surgery. His return to frontline politics was marked by his speech to the Labour Party 2006 Spring Conference in Blackpool. McCartney returned to Gov’t as Minister of State for Trade in May 2006, attending Cabinet but not voting there, but stepped down in 2007 when Gordon became PM.
Beginning in October 2007, McCartney worked with the construction, engineering and nuclear energy company Fluor, providing them with advice in anti-corruption and business ethics policies; political, economic, environmental and regulatory issues; and outside relations including working with trade unions. After details of this position were published in the Indie, McCartney stated unequivocally that he personally received none of the remuneration for this role, instead using part of the fee to employ someone in the House of Commons from his Makerfield constituency. The remainder was used to support the Women’s Interlink Foundation, a charity based in India which rescues street children and disadvantaged women who are exposed to poverty and sometimes at the risk of rape and murder, providing them with clean drinking water, health treatments, housing and education.
In August 2008, after admitting that some of his claims for furnishing his second home were “inappropriate”, McCartney repaid £15,000 of expenses claimed for, among other items, a dining table, 18-piece dinner set and champagne glasses. McCartney had asked for the review; although only a portion of the amount was deemed excessive, he said he felt strongly that the full amount should be returned. McCartney commented that as a senior minister he held meetings at home and “had to feed guests”.
In May 2009, after stepping down citing health issues, McCartney said his family had urged him to step down following a further bout of illness after his 2005 heart surgery and that he was also being treated for disc injury and was possibly facing further surgery.
McCartney was Chair of Healthwatch Wigan, resigning from the post in 2016.
McCartney was married firstly to Jean, with whom he had son Hugh and daughters Yvonne and Karen, later divorcing. Hugh died aged 23 of a drugs overdose in 1999 in his flat in Parkhead, Glasgow. Hugh, known as “Shug”, had battled drug addiction since his teenage years. Only recently released from prison, he had been trying to break his habit. In 2002, McCartney gave an interview to the Sunday Herald discussing his son’s experiences in the justice system and how McCartney believed “the way we deal with addicts sentenced his son to death”. In 2003, McCartney stated in an interview that he still breaks down over the death of his only son.
PARKHEAD HOSP – in East End of Glasgow, near what used to be the Gorbals. Parkhead Hosp dreadful, earmarked for closure for years, still open, patient abuse and neglect, also deaths – my experiences when unlawfully detained there in approx. 2013… HERE
McCartney’s second and current wife is Ann Kevan Parkes, whom he married in 1988.
The judge who sentenced James Rudman to detention under the Mental Health Act and transferred him to the care of James Earp after hearing Expert Evidence from a number of Top Docs – who almost certainly personally knew Earp – was Justice McCullough. I think it was Sir Charles McCullough who died in early 2019 and who, like Ronnie Waterhouse and Greville Janner, was a member of Middle Temple. Ronnie and Charles both served as Treasurer of Middle Temple. Apart from those snippets of information, all traces of Charles McCullough have been erased from the internet; he does however appear online in a list of the names of Eminences Of Middle Temple which makes for interesting reading.
Sir Charles was Treasurer of Middle Temple in 2000, the year that the Waterhouse Report was published:
Leicester University had been colluding with the ring for years; Brown was undertaking his PhD there in 1987 and received no support, supervision or even basic facilities such as a desk. Since I began this blog, I have received info that the Gang’s friends on the academic left organised that treat for Brown. See eg. ‘Life In Cold Blood’.
Alison Taylor wrote to Tony Newton Secretary of the State at the DHSS on 28 Feb 1988 re kids in care in north Wales being abused…
In Feb 1988 I was offered the job (to start in March 1988) with Prof Vincent Marks’s CRC-funded team at Surrey University. Vincent was the brother of Dr John Marks, the BMA Chairman. The BMA at the time were giving advice to Tony Francis and others re how to resist any investigation into my complaints and fit me up for offences for which the BMA knew there was no evidence. The BMA rep met Francis personally on a number of occasions and Gwynedd Health Authority were footing the bill for Francis to travel to BMA HQ to meet the BMA rep, A.H. Chadwick (aka Dr Tony Chadwick). The MDU were also involved, the MDU point of contact with Tony and Sadie Francis being Dr Ian Sanderson. The MDU subsequently wrote to the Drs Francis reminding them that they did not have the evidence for their allegations… The MDU continued with the cases when Tony and Sadie refused to back down.
Re the BMA, three other consultant psychiatrists from Ysbyty Gwynedd all backed up Tony’s BMA-supported Cunning Plan to have me incarcerated in a secure unit: Sadie, Dafydd and Dr Devakumar. They formed themselves into a ‘Secretariat’, calling themselves ‘The BMA Psychiatrists’ and constantly stressed to the BMA and to each other that I was completely mad as evidenced by my ‘delusions’ that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and that I was a danger to their lives and limbs.
One bit of evidence provided to the BMA, the MDU and the police by Sadie and Sheila Jenkins (the Gwynedd social worker who’s daughter Sarah Jenkins was on the psychology degree at Bristol University with the lady who later became Gordon Brown’s wife, as discussed in previous posts), were their witness statements describing me walking into a room carrying a rolled up newspaper. I didn’t say or do anything threatening to anyone but Sadie and Sheila observed that my rolled up newspaper could have been concealing a weapon and this was a serious matter… They both ‘felt very threatened’ and knew that if they had made a wrong move, I would have launched a murderous attack on them. See previous posts…
Alison Taylor wrote to Carlo in 1988 and told him that kids in care in north Wales were being abused – Carlo’s office replied, but said that he couldn’t get involved.
BELL here – trashing me, writing me bad refs, despite never having had any confrontation with me and continuing to be perfectly nice on the rare occasion that I bumped into him when I was in north Wales.
Bell – Kingston-upon-Thames link – HUGH BENTALL owned and ran most of Kingston-upon-Thames. Ollie’s Court appearance in Dec 1986 had been before Kingston-upon-Thames Court – Court was told lies about Ollie’s academic career – see post ‘Too Many Pills’ – the numerous ‘testimonials’ from Top Docs who knew that Ollie was key player in pan-European paedophile ring…
Meanwhile a major research fraud funded by the CRC and ICRF, that began in 1988 and involved Dr Peter Maguire from Manchester University (a former colleague and friend of Tony Francis) as well as colleagues of Vincent Marks, was exposed in 1990 and led to the (presumed) suicide of Prof Tim McElwain. See posts ‘Reports Of Death Were Greatly Exaggerated’ and ‘Apocalypse Now’. Further large scale wrongdoing and fraud in cancer research is discussed in ‘Oh Lordy! It’s CRC UK’.
While I worked for Vincent Marks and lived in Surrey, 1988-89, I encountered Top Docs who were impressively dreadful. One was GP Michael Hudson who was in a rather posh village; Terry Scott and Penelope Keith lived nearby. Hudson really was awful and I presumed that he must just have hated me on the grounds that a Top Doc regularly behaving like that in affluent well-educated Surrey would soon find himself reported to the GMC. Obviously he did, because Hudson was subsequently removed from the Medical Register. I wonder what Hudson did to which influential person, ensuring he was put out of action in a way that the abusers of the mentally ill eight year olds in north Wales never were? D.G.E. Wood of course made contact with Hudson, but even that didn’t stop Hudson from disappearing from the Medical Register.
Wood’s intervention in my life in Surrey resulted in me encountering a psychiatrist called Michael Browne at Brookwood Hospital. I did not return for a repeat visit; Browne would not have been out of place in north Wales, except that he was wearing a bow tie. Shortly after I encountered Browne, Brookwood hit the local media after a severely depressed man who had been told to piss off and look after himself had killed himself by firing a nail gun into his head. The coroner noted that this was ‘not the first such case at Brookwood’.
Some years later after I met him, Michael Browne was at the centre of the big scandal re the death of a young man in Wormwood Scrubs. The prisoner had been in a foetal position for three days crying. The screws called the Prison Doctor – Browne – who noted that the prisoner showed no signs of depression and was functioning normally. Hours after Browne’s Assessment, the prisoner was found dead, hanging in his cell. Browne told the subsequent inquest that he ‘could not explain’ why he had made the notes that he did. Unlike Hudson, Browne remained on the Medical Register. See previous posts.
Browne was treating Nutters and Prisoners, Hudson’s surgery was down the road from Penelope Keith’s house, obviously Something Had To Be Done, which is why Penelope Keith is still alive at the age of 79.
Terry Scott lived very close to Hudson’s surgery. Scott suffered from ill health for several years in the latter part of his life.
In 1979, Scott had a life-saving operation after a brain haemorrhage and he also suffered from creeping paralysis. When ‘Terry and June’ was put out of its misery in 1987, Scott suffered a nervous breakdown, ‘brought on by his public confession that he had had a series of affairs since his marriage to dancer Margaret Peden in 1957’.
Scott was also diagnosed with cancer in 1987 and he died from its effects at his family home in Witley, on 26 July 1994, at the age of 67. Dr ‘MAGS’ Hudson, GP of Witley, Remember The Name! Scott said of his last illness: “I know it would be better to give up the booze, fags and birds, but life would be so boring, wouldn’t it?”
26 July 1994. Peter Howarth was jailed for the serial sexual abuse of kids in care in north Wales on 8 July 1994 at Chester Crown Court and jailed for 10 years. Miranda became Leader of the Labour Party on 21 July 1994. Dafydd had planted the brick by then and the MDU were gathering evidence to make a case for me to be sent to live with Jimmy Savile in Broadmoor.
I’m not just taking the piss here; Terry Scott was utterly lame but take a look at his biography and who he worked with…
It was in 1994 that my former boss from St George’s, Malcolm Pearce, was exposed as having committed a huge research fraud. Malcolm was struck off by the GMC in 1995; Robert Kilpatrick stood down as President/Chairman shortly afterwards. Geoffrey Chamberlain was just as guilty of the research fraud as Malcom. They had co-authored the article of pure fiction and Chamberlain was Editor of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the journal that published the paper. Chamberlain was never disciplined by the GMC and gave evidence against Malcolm at the GMC hearing. Malcolm produced an Expert Witness who claimed that Malcolm was suffering from manic depression when he fabricated his research. I have no idea who the psychiatrist who spoke in defence of Malcolm was, but I remember Chamberlain and Malcolm being very contemptuous of psychiatrists when I had been working for them five years previously.
Malcolm, like Chamberlain’s mate Ollie Brooke had nearly 10 years earlier, was featured in the London-based media as a Disgraced Doctor who’s career was over. Like Ollie, there was much comment from other Top Docs re ‘We don’t know why he did it’ and ‘it is very sad but we cannot have a bad egg like this in the profession’. In the way that Ollie continued to publish academic papers with Chamberlain and others from St George’s after he had ‘been ruined and was never heard of again’ (see post ‘Too Many Pills’), Malcolm found himself a nice little number to keep him occupied as well after being Struck Off In Disgrace. Malcolm worked as a Expert Adviser to barristers handling cases of medical negligence.
Chamberlain was said to have lost his expected knighthood as a result of the scandal, he resigned his Editorship of the journal that published his own lies and he also resigned as President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Chamberlain was at the very pinnacle of his profession! – but he retained his Chair and his private and NHS practice. When he did retire from the NHS in 2000, he moved back to Wales (Chamberlain had grown up in Cardiff) and took up a job at Swansea University lecturing in the History Of Medicine, just in time to help manage the fall-out from the Waterhouse Report.
Chamberlain could not have been allowed to be disgraced a la Malcolm, because not only was Chamberlain a key facilitator of the Westminster Paedophile Ring who knew where all bodies were buried, but he was mates with Sir George Pinker, the Royal Doc who delivered William and Harry (see post ‘Wimmin’s Wellbeing – The Fortnum and Mason Connection’).
My post ‘Now Then…’ discusses what became known in medicine as ‘The Chamberlain Affair’ in detail and correlates crucial dates with possible suggestions of what might have been planned before the research fraud was exposed and blew up in everyone’s faces. Malcolm and Chamberlain were hailed as history making heroes just as Dafydd and co embarked on yet another Cunning Plan to have me framed and locked up in 1994. Just imagine if they had never been caught and at any point I tried to publish the sort of things that I now have on this blog…
Brown was forced out of his job at Aston University in July 1995, the month after Malcolm was struck off. On 9 July 1995, Dafydd’s mate the corrupt Home Office Civil Service mandarin, Bing Spear, who facilitated so much Class A dealing and distribution died. On 13 July 1995 Peter Morrison was found dead in his house in Belgravia.
It was in July 1995 that lies were told about Dafydd now having ‘retired’ and the North Wales Hospital being closed down. See post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’
I have mentioned previously on the blog how I have been receiving info telling me that Dafydd and Tony Francis were not intending to stop at having be framed and banged up in 1994/95, their ultimate goal was, I have been assured, to have me lobotomised, although as with Lena Zavaroni, it would have been tarted up as a cingulotomy or something similar. One of the few places that was still carrying out such operations at the time was dear old Cardiff University, it was how they managed to kill Lena on 1 Oct 1999, four months before Ronnie published his Report. The Top Docs who Tried So Hard To Help Lena told many porkies about the circumstances of her death, but no-one bothered to ask the right questions. See previous posts.
This man knew a lot about the matter:
After my encounter with the terrible Dr Hudson of Witley in Surrey, I managed to register with a GP’s surgery that was just over the border, in Hampshire. I lived near enough to that surgery to persuade them to let me register with them. The GP that I saw there, Dr Nigel Baldock was very much nicer than the awful Hudson, but he received a sudden phone call from D.G.E. Wood ‘because Dr Wood thought that we might have been at medical school together’…. Nigel Baldock knew how hopeless Michael Browne was, knew that something very unpleasant was going on re me and north Wales and simply kept out of it without being unpleasant… See previous posts.
As ever, in Surrey I still just could not get NHS treatment under any circumstances, not even after incurring a severe ankle injury when I fell while out walking in Devil’s Punchbowl. I was told at the hospital in Guildford that there was nothing that they could do, ‘just rest it’. I later found out that this wasn’t true; my ankle never healed properly…
[REMEMBER WESTLAND AFFAIR – 1986] – upper class twit of the year – shooting themselves]
It was Roger Davies, the County Secretary of Clwyd County Council, 1980-82 (Roger was Deputy Chief Exec, 1982-92 but still called the County Secretary, before serving as Chief Exec, 1992-96), who conducted the investigation re Jacqueline Thomas and David Gillison that was 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 working at St G’s since May 1989 – and in High Court constantly in preceding months of 1990 – the Gang inc Tony and Sadie Francis, Jackie Brandt, Keith Fearns, Slob Ingham, Maggie Fookes, repeatedly perjured themselves – the conspiracy was co-ordinated/arranged by Ron Evans, the crooked lawyer employed by Gwynedd County Council, Lucille Hughes and Andrew Park, the crooked lawyer employed by the Welsh Office
See post ‘The Bitterest Pill’. CHECK
M-J still Pres of UCNW – MJ WAS PRESIDENT WHEN GWYNNE and I HAD THE ENCOUNTERS – Gwynne died in autumn 1986 – I think in sept – Jacqueline Thomas, David Gillison and William Gerry appeared before Wrexham Maelor Magistrates in Aug 1986 – Gwynne had bowel cancer, the Gang knew that he would be pegging out soon – there had something nasty coming up from below re Gwynne for decades, but he was diagnosed in 1985. Liz Stables tried to use ‘He’s ill’ when I persisted in (trying) to make representation re his continued presence in the Student Health Centre – I did the Basil Fawlty ‘Nothing trivial I hope’ line and Liz said ‘It’s not’. She laughed at the same time and said that she didn’t like Gwynne either ‘But I’ve got to work with him’.
Ah the camaraderie in the NHS is what makes it all worthwhile! The lies, the backstabbing, the screwing of patients on every occasion if someone’s job and pension is at risk…
ad bell busy trashing me – sunderland made the 1984 arrangement with thatch, carlo and ugc in 1984 – m-j president of UCNW throughout all of it
By the time that Roger Davies signed his Report, Thatch was on the way out – Peter Morrison was her Leadership 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 was mates with Ronnie Waterhouse as well as with Geoffrey Howe – they all went back to the days when they were young barristers – Ronnie and Howe were both from Wales; Day was a Liberal and Ronnie’s family were high profile Liberals. Ronnie’s dad knew Lloyd George and members of the family were Liberal MPs. Ronnie was a Liberal until he defected to the Labour Party, subsequently standing as the Labour candidate for West Flintshire in 1959. William Mars-Jones stood as the Labour candidate for Denbigh in 1945. Mars-Jones was the son of a Denbighshire farming family who continued to rule Denbighshire while he made it big on the legal scene in London; Mars-Jones practiced in London and in Wales. Mars-Jones, Robin Day and Ronnie were all very good mates…
Emlyn Hooson was a crooked barrister who was mates with all of the above and was the Liberal MP for Montgomeryshire, 1962-79. Emlyn Hooson grew up in Denbighshire, went to Denbigh Grammar School and married daughter of High Society big wig from Montgomeryshire (more of Shirley Hooson and her family later in this post). Emlyn Hooson, like William Mars-Jones, had family all over Denbighshire. Emlyn Hooson was presented with evidence re Mr Thrope’s threats and harassment of Norman Scott in 1972; Hooson claimed to be appalled but watched Lord Frank Byers, the Liberal Whip – Lisa Nandy’s granddad (Lisa’s dad worked at Leicester University for years and his first wife Maggie was a teacher in Leicester, as discussed in previous posts) – insult and intimidate Norman such that Norman walked out of the ‘Inquiry’ that Byers and Hooson were holding into Mr Thrope’s conduct and went to the police to give an extensive detailed statement re Mr Thrope.
Emlyn Hooson was mates with Ieuan Wyn Jones.
Emlyn Hooson – acted for Ceryl Davies teacher from b Ffestiniog accused of molesting kids in 1985 CHECK; Ceryl had trained at the Normal College in Bangor, was mates with the Gang and had a previous conviction for sexually assaulting his pupils. Gwynedd Education Authority employed him again and once more in 1985 Ceryl stood accused. Emlyn defended him, but Ceryl was found guilty. check – DATES AND CASES, SEVERAL CASES INVOLVING CERYL – Ceryl was employed once again by Gwynedd County Council and whoops, there was another case of him abusing kids a few years later…
Menai Williams, who became Deputy Principal of the Normal Coleg and had worked there since the 1950s (see post ‘Thought For The Day’), was from a Liberal family, knew Lady Megan Lloyd George as well as other local Liberals and had grown up in Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire, the daughter of a Methodist Minister. Menai knew Dafydd and I bet that she knew Gwynne as well.
NOW THEN. all that lot who knew – AND were mates with mars-jones’s family –
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, five staff and residents were transferred to Chevet Hey, which had by then already been the subject of numerous allegations of the physical 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, Chevet Hey was much better.
Bersham Hall near Wrexham was opened in 1972 by Denbighshire County Council. Like Chevet Hey, Bersham Hall accepted children from all the local authorities in north Wales as well as from Radnorshire. Bersham Hall was run by Clwyd County Council after that Council came into being. Until 1987 the teaching staff at Bersham Hall were employed by Clwyd Social Services; in 1987 the teaching staff were transferred to Clwyd Education Authority.
Bersham Hall, like many of the other children’s homes in north Wales, changed it’s official function a number of times, but it always housed children/adolescents, usually for just a few months but some stayed for much longer or stayed there more than once. Many of the children were placed there for ‘psychiatric assessment’, so Top Docs definitely knew what was happening. I presume those assessing the kids were the thugs and molesters who ran and staffed Gwynfa Unit, the child and adolescent mental health unit in Colwyn Bay, as discussed in ‘Don’t Be Silly, He’s Nice’. However, this was the Gang in north Wales, anything could have been happening…
Bersham Hall had a ‘secure unit’ for the ‘most disturbed’ or ‘psychotic’ children. It was in reality a cell with nothing inside, except of course a kid and a blanket.
Boys and girls were placed at Bersham Hall and by even Waterhouse’s conservative estimate, hundreds and hundreds of kids passed through its doors. Waterhouse mentioned Bersham Hall warehousing ‘400 residents’ during a few years of the 1970s and ‘no more than 600’ residents between 1983 and 1990, ‘most of them being from Clwyd’ during those years. There just won’t have been that many kids from north Wales and Radnorshire who fell within the category of kids who were sent to Bersham Hall, let alone just from Clwyd, even when using the goalposts erected by the Gang. Those kids must have been coming from outside of north Wales and indeed outside of Wales as well.
The catalogue of abuse of kids at Bersham Hall that was freely admitted to the Waterhouse Inquiry was truly dreadful, from its beginning in Aug 1972 until its closure in 1993…
In Dec 1975 Clwyd County Council admitted that the physical condition of and facilities at Bersham Hall were well below what was considered acceptable. Building work began re ‘improvements’ and was completed in 1978.
Bersham Hall experienced a high turnover of even senior staff. Between 1974 and 1980, there were six Officers In Charge and five Deputies.
Richard Ernest Leake, Officer In Charge, Aug 1972-June 1974, left to take up an appointment with Care Concern… Michael Barnes worked at Bersham Hall from Sept 1972 and on 1 Aug 1973 became Deputy Officer In Charge. Barnes was Acting Officer in Charge, June-Dec 1974, then reverted back to Deputy until he became Acting Officer In Charge again on 15 Feb 1976. Barnes served as Officer In Charge from 1 June 1976 until the end of 1978. From 21 April 1978, Barnes was responsible for both Bersham Hall and Little Acton Assessment Centre.
William aka Bill Tunnah spent 12 months as Officer In Charge at Bersham Hall, succeeding Barnes. Ronnie Waterhouse noted that Tunnah was dead by the time of the Waterhouse Inquiry, but ‘served blamelessly on the care staff at Bryn Estyn for eight years’. Bryn Estyn was so bad that it would not have been possible to serve blamelessly there for one week, let alone for eight years.
Michael Taylor was Officer In Charge of Bersham Hall, 26 Sept 1972-31 July 1973. Taylor had been an Anglican Franciscan Friar for 4 years before beginning residential work with young people in 1965. Between 1965 and 1969 Taylor had been a houseparent, for the latter part of that time in Warwickshire. He then spent two years undertaking a course at Enfield College of Technology. When Taylor applied to work at Bersham Hall he had been employed for just over a year as the Deputy Superintendent at a reception centre for children in Islington.
Michael Taylor ‘received fulsome testimonials’ from his employers in Islington. Taylor left Bersham Hall because he was offered a job as a lecturer at South Cheshire Central College of FE, but kipped at Chevet Hey for a short time until his college accommodation re South Cheshire Central College became available.
Michael Taylor ended up in hot water as a result of his time in north Wales after he was the subject of allegations of sexual assault on boys. The allegations were remarkably consistent; mainly that Taylor had masturbated boys while they were in bed or asked them to masturbate him. There were also numerous complaints of Taylor physically assaulting children, often quite seriously.
One boy at Bersham Hall was heard telling other boys that Taylor had arrived in his bedroom and masturbated him under the bedclothes by Mr J. Blackman, a member of staff at Bersham Hall. Blackman reported the matter to Leake, then the Officer In Charge. Leake interviewed the boy about the matter and insisted that Matron was present at the interview. The boy was so embarrassed that he downplayed the extent of Taylor’s activities and told Leake and Matron that he had lied to the other boys; it was that claim that was later demonstrated to have been the real lie…
Taylor signed a How Very Dare You statement, maintaining that he had simply tidied the boy’s bedclothes. Leake reported the matter in a letter dated 2 July 1973 to Emlyn Evans, then the Director of Social Services for Denbighshire, but stressed that both he and Matron believed that there was no substance to the boy’s allegations. Three days later, R.W. Dixon, Principal Social Worker (Residential Services) for Denbighshire Social Services, interviewed Leake and a memo dated 10 July 1973 was sent to the Senior Assistant Director (Residential Services) of Denbighshire Social Services. It stressed that Leake hadn’t believed the boy even before the toe curling interview with Leake and Matron.
Let’s Share! You Share First!
Richard Leake emphasised that at Bersham Hall the children were ‘disturbed’ and staff were ‘vulnerable’ to such accusations. Leake sent his report about the matter directly to Emlyn Evans, the Director of Social Services, not to R.W. Dixon or even Dixon’s line manager the Assistant Director (Residential Services) of Denbighshire Social Services.
Two months later Dixon received a report from the Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey, Enoch Ellis Edwards, stating that while kipping there during the summer of 1973, Michael Taylor had been the subject of a complaint from a boy who claimed that Taylor had sexually assaulted him. Dixon’s note dated 10 Sept 1973 re that complaint said that Enoch Ellis Edwards had stated that after a boy ‘made an accusation’ about Taylor, Enoch had asked Taylor to leave the premises. Enoch stated that Michael Taylor denied the accusation.
No further action was taken about either of the complaints about Taylor.
On 26 June 1980, Michael Taylor was convicted at Wrexham Magistrates Court of two offences of indecent assault against a male under 16 and asked for two similar offences to be taken into consideration. The offences were committed in Shropshire and Ronnie Waterhouse emphasised in his Report that they were ‘entirely unconnected’ to the Bersham Hall and Chevet Hey complaints. Which, as Ronnie should have realised, made the matter of Michael Taylor’s presence in north Wales during Peak Paedophilia more, rather than less, worrying.
During the major North Wales Police investigation of 1991-93, Michael Taylor was interviewed on 13 Aug 1993 and made full confessions re the four complaints with regard to Bersham Hall and Chevet Hey. By then the North Wales Police had taken statements from the complainants.
AUG 1993 – F AND ME IN COURT AFTER BRANDTS PERJURY
A file was sent to the CPS re Taylor before Taylor was interviewed by the police and afterwards as well. The CPS did not prosecute Taylor, he was cautioned instead. On 24 Sept 1993 Taylor accepted cautions re offences of indecent assault against four named kids who had been resident at Bersham Hall and Chevet Hey, as well as two un-named kids who had been resident at Bersham Hall and/or Chevet Hey.
Dame Babs, then DPP:
MY LETTER TO MANSFIELD – sept or oct 1993…
Those fulsome testimonials from Islington re Michael Taylor need some explaining.
Dame Little Nell, formerly of Islington Borough Council, was Miranda’s Minister for Children, 13 June 2003-9 May 2005:
Her side-kick at Islington Borough Council reached the dizzy heights of Home Secretary, May 1997-June 2001; Foreign Secretary, June 2001-May 2006 and Lord Chancellor, June 2007-May 2010:
Jack was Home Secretary throughout virtually the whole of the Waterhouse Inquiry and the first sixteen months of the aftermath! The Cunning Plan by the Gang to ‘support’ my return to a professional career but then frame me after I’d completed teacher training in May 2001 and have me struck off the teaching register almost as soon as I’d got on there, was formulated by the Gang when Jack was Home Secretary. See previous posts.
Jack’s wife was a civil servant who became one of the most senior mandarins in the Dept of Health and Jack’s daughter is a Top Doctor. Jack’s son is the legendary tosser Will Straw, one of the ‘Red Princes’. See eg. ‘Last Man Standing’ for info on Jack and his friends and relations.
Meet Jack’s wife Alice:
Alice Elizabeth Perkins (born 24 May 1949) was appointed in July 2011 as the Chairman of Post Office Ltd, a UK state owned limited company, to lead the Board following the separation of the Post Office from the Royal Mail under the Postal Services Act 2011. Alice is an Executive Coach and a partner in the coaching practice of the JCA Group, a member of the Faculty of Meyler Campbell, which provides training for business coaches and has been an external member of the Council of the University of Oxford since 2006. Alice is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the Saïd Business School of Oxford University.
Perkins joined the Civil Service Fast Stream in 1971. The early years of her career were spent in the DHSS.
When Alice joined the Civil Service, Richard Crossman had just finished his stint as Secretary of State at the DHSS, where Crossman, a senior officer in the British security services, had prioritised facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring and protecting Gwynne and Dafydd.
In 1993, Alice moved to the Treasury as Director of Public Spending, where her priorities were Defence, the Intelligence Agencies, Aid, Foreign Office and Agriculture spending. In 1998, she returned to the Dept of Health as Director General for Corporate Management responsible for administration of the Dept. In north Wales, the Waterhouse Inquiry was underway and former kids in care and Empowered Service Users were dropping like flies as the already hopelessly inadequate ‘services’ were gradually closed down. In Staffordshire, a total disaster had hit the NHS but the Dept of Health concealed it.
When Alice was managing the Dept of Health, Dobbo and then Alan Milburn were the Secretaries of State. Dobbo had spent his political career concealing one of the major hubs of organised abuse in the UK in Camden. Milburn was taken more seriously as a politician and was viewed as having been appointed to the role by Miranda because Dobbo was a disaster, but Milburn had spent his entire political career concealing the big ring in the North East of England which had worked in partnership with Dafydd and Gwynne for decades. Milburn is married to a psychiatrist and will have had inside info… See post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part IV’.
In 2001 by the time that the Waterhouse Report had been safely published and the immediate yells of ‘massive cover-up’ had been ignored, Alice Perkins moved to the Cabinet Office to work as Director General, Corporate Development Group, responsible for human resources across Gov’t, senior appointments and Civil Service reform, reporting directly to the Cabinet Secretary. Alice left the Civil Service in 2005.
In early 2006, Perkins joined the Board of BAA plc, until its take-over by the Spanish firm Ferrovial later the same year. She has also served as a non-executive Director on the Board of Littlewoods (1997–2001) and TNS (the global market information company), where she was also Chair of TNS’s Renumeration Committee from 2005 until its takeover by WPP in 2008.
What never received media coverage re mid-Staffs was that the NHS scandal was directly linked to long-standing organised abuse in the Staffordshire region that, as in north Wales, had a terrible knock-on effect on the regional NHS. Numerous politicians for years – including Nye Bevan’s wife Jennie Lee – colluded with the crime that resulted in the collapse of the welfare services in Staffordshire. Keele University employed a number of academics who were involved… See previous posts.
Sir Robert Francis QC, the Hero who Chaired the Mid-Staffs Inquiry when it was finally held, had enjoyed a career as a barrister working for the MDU. In early 1991, Robert Francis acted for Tony and Sadie Francis in the High Court when they tried to have me imprisoned. Robert had read my letters detailing the abuse and criminality in north Wales and the MDU had advised the Drs Francis not to proceed with the case against me because there was no evidence that I was a dangerous loony who constituted a threat to their lives. The Drs Francis ignored that advice – Sadie wrote their lawyers a furious letter explaining that they were ‘experienced psychiatrists’ who knew a Dangerous Nutter when they saw one and they were heart-broken that people were suggesting that they were ‘over-reacting’… See eg. ‘The Sordid Role Of Sir Robert Francis QC’.
Re Michael Taylor the Franciscan Friar, I have always been impressed by the Friar who starred in Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales:
Michael Taylor was by no means the only person employed at Bersham Hall who presented a massive risk to the kids there.
Michael Barnes was the subject of numerous allegations that he had physically assaulted children, sometimes seriously and the complaints dated back to Barnes’s earliest days at Bersham Hall. Barnes was also named repeatedly as having witnessed assaults by staff or assaulted children along with other staff. Many of these complaints were so serious that a full police investigation would have been warranted.
Ronnie Waterhouse mentioned in defence of Bersham Hall staff that one of the most serious allegations re Bersham Hall was in fact against a field social worker rather than Bersham Hall staff. A boy who was being delivered to the loving embrace of Bersham Hall by the field social worker alleged that the social worker punched him in the face, breaking his nose as the boy tried to run away. Sir Ronnie noted that the allegation was ‘categorically denied by the social worker and by those two staff witnesses alleged to have been present’.
No alternative explanation for the boy’s broken nose was offered.
Michael Barnes worked at Bersham Hall for years and served as Officer In Charge, 21 May 1980-31 Dec 1987, although this duty was interrupted from 1 Oct 1982-31 July 1984 when Barnes completed a CQSW at Keele University. Barnes was also Acting Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey, 1 April 1986-31 Dec 1987. Some of the most serious complaints re Barnes alleged that he had very violently assaulted children in tandem with his colleague Christopher Thomas. Thomas had previously worked at Little Acton Assessment Centre, as had Barnes – Barnes had been the manager at Little Acton – and transferred to Bersham Hall along with Barnes, as Deputy Officer In Charge. Thomas was Acting Officer In Charge at Bersham Hall when Barnes was studying at Keele and then succeeded Barnes as Officer In Charge on 1 Jan 1988.
Christopher Thomas remained at Bersham Hall until it closed in 1993; in fact Thomas managed to remain employed at Bersham Hall until after it closed, precisely until 22 March 1994. This was because although Thomas resigned from his job at Bersham Hall after allegations that he’d embezzled dosh from his employers Clwyd County Council, he was retained in his post by Clwyd County Council for a further six months due to ‘prolonged sick leave and/or the police inquiry re the missing funds’.
MARCH 1994 – F and me and the MHAC in Spring 1994 – also Howarth and Paul Bicker Wilson – trial opened on 13 June 1994; Matt Arnold had died on 9 June 1994 ‘from an unspecified blood infection’.
DAFYDD AND THE BRICK planted about april 1994
John Smith – died on May 9 1994, days after that brick was planted – FRANK BECK DIED in MAY 1994
On 25 Oct 1995, Christopher Thomas pleaded guilty to theft at Wrexham Maelor Magistrates Court. He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay £1500 in compensation.
1995 – constantly trying to make a case for f and in particular me being ‘dangerous’ – have been told that ‘evidence’ was gathered from numerous dodgy people including in Somerset re my insanity and murderous tendencies…
Christopher Thomas was Officer In Charge when on 20 Nov 1988 a girl resident at Bersham Hall who in Waterhouse’s words ‘was pregnant after absconding for several weeks’ – no of course Ronnie doesn’t mention who made the girl pregnant, when or why she ‘absconded’ – was ‘falsely accused’ by a female ‘member of care staff’ of making a dreadful mess in a room at Barsham Hall (not that it was the member of staff’s fault, she had been given erroneous information by a boy resident at Bersham Hall…). This resulted in a ‘physical fight on a bed’ between the member of staff and the girl during which they ‘hit and bit each other’. Another female care worker intervened and separated them. Ronnie noted that they both attended hospital separately and the Bersham Hall resident sustained severe bruising and a cut to her wrist.
Here’s a possible translation: A PREGNANT CHILD IN A CHILDREN’S HOME who had been distressed enough to run away from that home was returned (it will have been by the police, it always was), wrongly accused of a trivial matter by a member of staff who blamed another child in the children’s home for the ‘misunderstanding’ and was then violently attacked AND BITTEN by that member of staff who inflicted injuries to the pregnant child’s wrist – suggesting an attempt to cause real damage re the artery? Another member of staff witnessed this assault and saved the child from further injury. The injured child was taken to hospital and in true mental health services style so was the violent member of staff to ensure that this ‘incident’ could be logged as a caring staff member surviving a confrontation with a Disturbed Adolescent.
This ‘incident’, Ronnie noted, was not reported to Christopher Thomas until 30 hours later. Or that was Thomas’s story and that 30 hours will have given everyone valuable time re taking advice as to how to bloody well get out of this one. Thomas of course made full inquiries when the ‘incident’ was reported to him and wrote an UNDATED memo on the matter to Michael Barnes, who by that time had been promoted to the position of Senior Social Worker at Clwyd Social Services HQ. Thomas’s memo stated that Thomas was very concerned about the matter and had spoken to the Area Officer and wished to discuss it further with him; however the Area Officer didn’t share Thomas’s concerns and just noted Thomas’s observations.
There was no disciplinary action taken against the care worker who bit and injured a pregnant child on a part of the body that was particularly vulnerable to such injury, but she did ‘cease her employment’ at Bersham Hall on 31 July 1989.
1989 – TONY FRANCIS DEMANDED CASE CONFERENCE TO HAVE ME BANGED UP IN HIGH SECURITY HOSPITAL. Francis began organising in the summer, case conference in Nov 1989… I was working at St George’s oblivious to all of it; people of whom i’d never heard gave evidence against me and chris hunter of whom i’d never heard concluded that I was homicidal and offered to write a court report, although I was not facing any charges at the time. See post ‘The Night Of The (Dr Chris) Hunter’.
hunter was a mate of dafydd’s, ran Lawrence ward in ashworth where a patient was murdered by angels… details…
When the North Wales Police contacted the former pregnant child resident at Bersham Hall who had been injured by a member of ‘care staff’, the girl made a statement to the police in June 1992 saying that she’d been treated well while she was in care in all of the five homes in which she had stayed from the age of 7 until 16 and she had no complaint to make. There is no clue in the Waterhouse Report as to who was the father of her baby, the circumstances under which she became pregnant, the outcome of the pregnancy or where she was living when she made her ‘Well yeah, they nailed my ear to the floor but I deserved it’ statement in June 1992. She could have been sectioned in Ashworth or Broadmoor for all Ronnie told us in his Report.
Here’s another Everyday Story of Bersham Hall Folk. On 15 Nov 1989, Deputy Officer In Charge at Bersham Hall since 1 Oct 1989, Frederick Marshall Jones, gave a boy a ‘dead leg’. It was an impressive dead leg as well, the boy was crying and couldn’t walk. The dead leg didn’t come back to life as quickly as it should and two visits to a Top Doctor were required, on the 22 and 29 Nov in 1989.
NOVEMBER – MY CASE CONFERENCE WITH CHRIS HUNTER!!
That dead leg must have really worried someone because kids in care in north Wales suffered broken bones without receiving medical attention and one boy with a ruptured anus was told by a Top Doc that he had ‘piles’. One Top Doc noted of the dead leg that there was ‘massive bruising’ and ‘swelling above the knee’. I suspect that the ‘dead leg’ may have been rather more serious than that. Kids in care in north Wales were routinely not taken to Top Docs unless the injuries were very serious and had been witnessed by third parties who might ask questions. For their part, Top Docs routinely played the extent of the injuries down. In the case of the dead leg, everyone remembered to mention that the patient was a ‘disturbed boy’.
Christopher Thomas, Officer In Charge, realised that the injury was serious but the Disturbed Boy was ‘ambivalent’ about pursuing a complaint. He ‘didn’t want to get Marshall Jones into trouble’. Ronnie Waterhouse noted that there was ‘evidence’ of Marshall Jones attempting to sway the Disturbed Boy; Marshall Jones had threatened to give the Disturbed Boy another dead leg if he made a formal complaint.
Waterhouse noted in his Report that there was a delay in obtaining medical treatment for the Disturbed Boy’s dead leg, that there had also been a delay in completing accident reports and that Frederick Marshall Jones wasn’t interviewed about the matter until 30 Nov 1989, the day after the second visit to the Top Doc. Christopher Thomas didn’t sent a detailed report about the matter to Michael Barnes, Senior Social Worker at HQ until 11 Dec 1989. Thomas noted in his report that he couldn’t ‘follow up’ with Marshall Jones because he was off sick. Presumably not with a dead leg. Thomas did flag up in his report that the Disturbed Boy and his parents had been promised a full and serious investigation.
The investigation promised was hampered when the Disturbed Boy was moved from Bersham Hall to Hindley Remand Centre in Wigan. Hindley had opened in 1961 as a Borstal and in 1983 metamorphosed into a Youth Custody Centre. After Hindley, the Disturbed Boy who had incurred the dead leg was sent to an unidentified psychiatric hospital for reasons described by Waterhouse as being ‘unconnected’ with the ‘incident’ re the dead leg. Michael Barnes advised that the Disturbed Boy should not be interviewed. Barnes did however interview Christopher Thomas and Frederick Marshall Jones. Barnes drafted a memo, dated 26 Jan 1990, to the Area Officer. The memo was signed by Geoffrey Wyatt, Assistant Director (Children and Families Service) of Clwyd Social Services.
Ronnie Waterhouse noted in his Report that ‘more recently [the boy] has reasserted his original view that the injuries were caused accidentally and that he does not wish to pursue a complaint’. Ronnie did not note where the Disturbed Boy was residing when he ‘reasserted’ his ‘original view’; psych hospital? remand centre? prison? Ashworth? Who knows. If the Disturbed Boy’s ‘original view’ had been reasserted, presumably the Disturbed Boy had at some point taken another view that differed from his original view that the injuries were caused accidentally. The Disturbed Boy returned to his original view at some point during his stay in Hindley or in that nameless psychiatric hospital…
The Treatment from the Top Docs at the psychiatric hospital was successful! The Disturbed Boy realised after all that his injuries were indeed accidental!
It was concluded by Clwyd County Council that the Disturbed Boy’s injury was accidental.
Frederick Marshall Jones was not subjected to disciplinary action but was Made Aware Of The Risks Of Engaging In Physical Play With Residents.
Frederick remained Deputy Officer In Charge of Bersham Hall until 30 June 1990. On 8 July 1980, Frederick was appointed Officer In Charge of Cartrefle Community Home, an institution in which one member of staff in particular, Stephen Norris, routinely buggered and indecently assaulted the kids to such an extent that he served two prison sentences for this. I will explain further shortly, as well as expand on Frederick’s previous before he became Deputy at Bersham Hall, ie. Frederick constantly accused of battering the kids senseless in the course of his employment at Chevet Hey…
The Case Of The Disturbed Boy With The Dead Leg has many hallmarks of the North Wales Welfare Services Way Of Doing Things. Something had happened to the Disturbed Boy that was witnessed by third parties and in no circumstances should ever have happened. So it was stressed from the outset that he was Disturbed. He was also seriously threatened by the guilty party when the complaints process was finally put into action. Delays were involved in seeking medical help and in logging the incident, crucial documentation was undated and delayed, the guilty party went off sick and couldn’t be interviewed and then the boy for reasons unexplained found himself in a Remand Centre and then a psych hospital and it was decided by the line manager of the guilty party after absolutely no discussion with the boy that he should not be interviewed about an assault, injury and threat that he had suffered. Meanwhile reassurances were given that a Serious Investigation would be held.
Conclusion: Accidental Injury as a result of Physical Play.
I never incurred a dead leg, but most of the techniques utilised as a result of this ‘incident’ with the Disturbed Boy in Bersham Hall were used in the face of my complaints, even about the most serious of matters. Dafydd wasn’t an out of control nutter who had abducted and unlawfully imprisoned me, repeatedly tried to Talk Sex, threatened me and tried to bribe me, he was ‘an experienced doctor who had done his best’, a ‘caring man’ who could not be expected to put up with ‘harassment’ from me ‘without complaint’. Furthermore Dafydd’s perjuring, conspiring colleagues were all dedicated professional people who had also been ‘harassed’ by me beyond toleration point.
These comments were made about me by Prof Robert Bluglass in Aug 1989, in his Report that failed to investigate the most serious aspects of my complaint about Dafydd and the Gang. See eg. ‘Enter Professor Robert Bluglass CBE…’
Bluglass was appointed to investigate the murder of the Ashworth patient by Angels in the 1990s. Bluglass chose his own team of two to help him; one of them was a senior Angel from Bluglass’s own clinic in Birmingham, the other one was a senior Angel from Clwyd Health Authority who worked with Dafydd.
Conclusion: the Angels at Ashworth had a lot on their plate Looking After Those Dangerous Nutters and from time to time the Angels will be pushed beyond endurance and will murder a patient… See eg. ‘Security, Security’.
As for the use of the word ‘ambivalent’ re the boy who had incurred the ‘dead leg’ through horseplay, the Gang used that word under circumstances to hide a few real horrors. In my 15 minute disastrous encounter with Gwynne in early 1984, before I realised that he really was an utter shite and an idiot to boot, ie. before the encounter had lasted more than 10 mins, Gwynne made a comment that suggested that he believed that I had no previous understanding or contact with healthcare services. Whilst it was true that for most of my childhood I was kept well away from Top Docs by my father, I have a close relative who trained and worked as a senior nurse in Somerset. That was where advice re injuries, illnesses etc came from when we were kids, we didn’t bother with Top Docs. So I enlightened Gwynne with ‘Well… was a nurse’. Gwynne asked me what her experiences of nursing were and I responded with ‘She obviously enjoyed it but she told me a great deal about the unethical and illegal things that the doctors with whom she worked did.’
Gwynne wrote to D.G.E. Wood simply observing that this person was ‘ambivalent’ about doctors. I’m not sure at what point the process began but the Top Docs then contacted her and I am told continued that contact although Brown and I had expressly told them not to and I understand that she was one of the sources of evidence for my insanity and dangerousness.
This really is not looking too good for you is it Top Docs? A relative who had worked in the NHS and who colluded with that criminal generation of Top Docs in Somerset of whom D.G.E. Wood’s father was one, so you picked up the phone…
Anyone for giving the Top Docs a pay rise and taking advice on Ethics from the BMA?
After walking out of the Gwynne meeting, refusing to ever return for a follow up encounter and Brown and I making complaint, imagine my surprise when I later discovered that immediately following our complaint, an entry had been made on my medical records which simply stated ‘known psychiatric case’.
It was a tried and tested method of the Gang…
Here’s another one re Bersham Hall, this is a good one, fans of slapstick will love this one. Between June 1980 and Jan 1981 a girl at Bersham Hall had a sexual relationship with a male member of staff and on one occasion had sex with him up against a tree in the grounds. Ronnie Waterhouse became a bit testy with her evidence because in the early stages of the relationship, when she found the hand of the member of staff on her boob or on her leg, she couldn’t be sure how intentional it was. She didn’t want to accuse unnecessarily.
But the sex up against a tree definitely happened.
Another girl who was resident at Bersham Hall for the first three months of 1988 and for two years from March 1989 made allegations of sexual misconduct against several members of staff. This girl also maintained that two kids in Bersham Hall had sex on the premises with the knowledge of a member of ancillary staff. The same girl maintained that a male member of staff indecently assaulted her when he was drunk on duty and exposed himself to her, in front of another girl resident of Bersham Hall. That girl witness however claimed that she Knew Nuzzing. Ronnie made a careful note of that.
I wonder why Ronnie hadn’t taken into account that the girl who Knew Nuzzing was Disturbed?
Although there was the presence of a helpful witness who Knew Nuzzing, one member of staff named in the above incidents was suspended from work on 3 March 1992 and dismissed after disciplinary hearings on 7 and 9 Oct 1992. Eight charges against him were proved and he was referred to the Dept of Health with a view to blacklisting him re working with children.
I mentioned earlier that Bersham Hall had a secure unit ie. bare cell. It was certainly fun in there. One boy gave a detailed description of a ferocious beating from Michael Barnes and Christopher Thomas and then being kept in the cell for some three or four weeks. Girls and boys as young as 11 and 12 claimed to have been kicked, thrown, beaten, dragged by the hair and spat at by Barnes and Thomas. The cell was mentioned as the location for the most severe beatings.
Barnes told Ronnie that the cell was only used for the most Extremely Disturbed children. As an example, Barnes explained that an anorexic girl was kept in the cell because a consultant psychiatrist (their name was not provided) had ‘advised’ this course of action because if she ran away ‘she might die’. (Dafydd used this rationale for his extraordinary activities constantly, including with regard to me.) Another resident of the cell was a girl with a respiratory complaint who was on steroid treatment.
I do keep repeating it, the Top Doctors didn’t just know about this, they were behind the serious abuse of children in north Wales. Who orders anorexic children or kids with breathing difficulties to be kept in the cell, the most feared place in one of the most feared institutions in north Wales?
The BMA does!
The Waterhouse Report mentioned that three members of staff who were transferred to Bersham Hall from Bryn Estyn described Bersham Hall as ‘oppressive’, one of them stating that it was more so than Bryn Estyn.
Christopher Thomas told Ronnie that one girl was brought to Bersham Hall by the police to be held in the cell overnight as ordered by Geoffrey Wyatt, Assistant Director of Clwyd Social Services, because she had ‘misbehaved on the plane to fly her from Hawarden to south Wales and the pilot had refused to fly with her’. There was virtually only one circumstance in which girls in care in north Wales were transferred to ‘south Wales’; it was if they were pregnant and either refusing to have an abortion or had named a member of the Gang as the father. They were ALL sent to a secure unit in south Wales under those circumstances. The fact that this girl was being transferred by plane suggests something very worrying indeed. Might the girl’s ‘misbehaviour’ have been extreme distress and the pilot’s refusal ‘to fly with her’ the pilot refusing to take part in this horror once he realised what was happening?
One useful result of this bunch of thugs and molesters constructing vulnerable kids as Psychotic, Extremely Disturbed, even Dangerous, was that the kids could then be subjected to numerous Assessments, Treatments and Residential Stays In Therapeutic Homes/Centres for Very Difficult Cases. The fees charged for such Services were enormous, even back in the 1970s and 80s. The conditions in those establishments were at best basic, usually substandard, the ‘care’ was non-existent, but the fees were in the high hundreds per week in the 1970s and by the millennium, homes with Dafydd behind them were charging thousands per week. It was business as usual for Dafydd’s homes, the law was broken daily, there were no qualified staff, residents complained of being abused and incurred injuries but the local authorities continued to sent Difficult Cases to Dafydd’s scams.
Dafydd was a pioneer, the market has now expanded greatly re this sort of private provision for Difficult Cases. The racket is particularly successful with learning disabled clients; once they are terrorised and assaulted it is very difficult to return them to their pre-terrorised state. They scream all the time and can then be kept in isolation in a cell for many months because they’re just so fucking Difficult. Cygnet or the Priory or St Andrews in Northampton (see previous posts) just sit back and watch the millions roll in because these clients are So Difficult To Place.
Christopher Thomas also explained to Ronnie Waterhouse that ‘absconders’ were placed in the cell at Bersham Hall. ‘Absconders’ were kids who had run away from the beatings and the sexual assaults. Records in north Wales showed hundreds of absconders, some of them having absconded directly to the police station to try to report serious assaults on them. They were returned to their abusers in every case, even those with visible injuries.
Christopher Thomas admitted to Ronnie that his use of force and restraint on kids at Bersham Hall had been ‘excessive’. Thomas worked at Bersham Hall for nearly 20 years, apart from his time attending Salford College of Technology undertaking social care qualifications and the 15 months that he spent working at Little Acton Assessment Centre.
Even Ronnie’s whitewash had to fess up that the Welsh Office Social Work Inspection Unit rarely bothered to visit the children’s homes in north Wales, even those that had employed staff who had recently been convicted of offences against children. No situation was deemed serious enough for those Inspectors to inspect the homes regularly. On the rare occasions when the Inspectors did condescend to visit, they worked very hard not to inspect very much.
Bersham Hall was visited by Welsh Office Social Work Inspector Smith in April and May 1978. He received ‘a favourable impression of staff relationships and team working under good leadership’.
The Secretary of State for Wales at the time:
The Lord Morris of Aberavon
John Morris was a Labour MP and barrister, who, like William Mars-Jones, was educated at Aberystwyth and then Cambridge Universities, like Mars-Jones was a member of Gray’s Inn and, like Mars-Jones, served as President of the London Welsh Centre!
Welsh Office Social Work Inspector Copleston managed to visit Bersham Hall in Nov 1981 and May 1983, but didn’t comment on the use of the secure unit aka the cell. However a letter from the Welsh Office to Mervyn Phillips, the then CEO of Clwyd County Council, dated 1 July 1983 stated that as the cell was not in use and there were no plans for it to be used, the Secretary of State for Wales was withdrawing approval for the use of the ‘secure accommodation’ at Bersham Hall. The cell continued to house the Very Disturbed which was illegal. As were most of the other things that were being done to them.
The Secretary of State for Wales at the time:
The Lord Crickhowell
Until 1990, Bersham Hall provided education for many of the children on the premises. After that, the children were allocated to local schools, although some children from Bersham Hall had previously attended local schools. How did the teachers in Wrexham miss what was happening to them?
The education provided by Bersham Hall during the years when it claimed to be doing that was certainly flaky. A Mr Morris was the teacher in charge of the education unit at Bersham Hall, 1 Sept-April 1980. Morris was transferred to Bryn Estyn for a few months before being appointed Teacher In Charge of the Hawarden Educational Centre in July 1980.
From April 1978, Morris was assisted by a part-time teacher Jane Pearce and Jim West, a teacher who had transferred from Bryn Estyn. In 1980 Jane Pearce was transferred back to Bryn Estyn. Jane was yet another person with insider’s knowledge of Bryn Estyn who was dead by the time that Ronnie held his Inquiry…
One teacher who was in charge of the education unit of Bersham Hall was absent for a year while they underwent teacher training at Cartrefle College; they were at Cartrefle College when Michael Barnes was undertaking his CQSW at Keele University. A second teacher in charge became pregnant, took maternity leave and then only worked for a short time before leaving. The education unit at Bersham Hall was staffed substantially by supply teachers who records show had a high rate of sickness and injury.
John Ilton was one Bersham Hall teacher who was redeployed from Bryn Estyn from 1 Sept 1984. Ilton was accused of physical assaults on pupils during the late 1980s, one such assault on Sept 1988, when Ilton was accused of slapping a boy at Bersham Hall. The incident was investigated by Michael Barnes who was by then Principal Social Worker (Children and Family Service) for Clwyd. Barnes’s boss was Assistant Director of Social Services, Raymond Powell. Ilton was also visited by Alan Williams, an education official, with regard to this incident. Despite the allegations of physical assaults, Ilton remained at Bersham Hall. In March 1992 he was arrested in the major North Wales Police investigation. In May 1992, the CPS decided not to prosecute Ilton.
Ilton, who had been on sick leave, returned to teaching later in 1992, in a unit for problem children, known as the Wrexham Unit. From 1 Jan 1993, St Christopher’s, a special school in Wrexham. Ilton was suspended from work again from 13 Dec 1993, that time with regard to allegations from his time working at Bryn Estyn. Ilton returned to St Christopher’s to work for a brief time in early 1994, but the ‘strain’ of being the subject of an investigation and the accompanying bad PR affected the poor dear’s health and he retired early on 31 March 1994 at 54 years of age. There’ll have been a helpful Top Doctor involved.
March 1994 again… A Difficult Time for the Gang.
There were also allegations that Nefyn Dodd physically assaulted kids at Bersham Hall. Dodd worked at Bersham Hall for nine months until 1 Aug 1974 when he moved to Bryn Estyn. During the 1980s, the notorious Dodd ended up being appointed the Officer In Charge of Ty’r Felin in Bangor and at the same time was also given responsibility for the oversight/management of all other children’s homes managed by Gwynedd Social Services. THE GIRL AT TY’R FELIN – pregnant by staff member – sent to secure unit in south wales…
One member of staff at Bersham Hall, (Arthur) Graham Stephens, was found guilty of buggery and indecent assault and sentenced to three years in prison in 1980. Graham Stephens features on blogs investigating organised abuse and he seems to have been a big player in the European-wide trafficking business, Stephens’ own particular role being in north Wales and Yorkshire.
Graham Stephens was born in Wrexham in 1928 and it is believed that he began to abuse boys in the 1950s. At the time of his trial, Stephens was in possession of a great many child abuse images, on a scale to rival Ollie Brooke’s two offices at St George’s in which every cupboard in both offices was full of child porn. In the early 1970s when in prison, Stephens met Sidney Cooke, the notorious paedophile who was convicted of and imprisoned for sexually torturing and murdering Jason Swift in Nov 1985. Graham Stephens was one of the group of people who were procuring children for VIPs and were networked with Jimmy Savile, who was of course doing exactly the same thing.
Although there is information about Graham Stephens on internet sites concerned with child abuse, I won’t reblog all of it here because some of it has been provided by one person who has a track record of not being 100% believable, but other info on those websites about Stephens is undoubtedly true. He was part of a massive network of which one of the hubs was in north Wales; it will be why the Waterhouse Report only dealt with Stephens so superficially.
Graham Stephens was closely associated with the ‘Lift Project’, supposedly providing housing for boys leaving care. In reality the boys were trafficked to brothels.
After Graham Stephens was released from prison he lived in Bradford; he was still there in 1997, when the Waterhouse Inquiry began.
Bersham Hall closed in Sept 1993.
AUG 1993 – f and me in court re brandt’s perjury
Like the kids at Chevet Hey (and in all the other children’s homes in north Wales as well), I was ‘seriously disturbed’ with ‘behavioural problems’. Whereas the kids said that Chevet Hey was better than Bryn Estyn and Bersham Hall, I said that the Hergest Unit 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
‘The Bitterest Pill’
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 the CRCCYP qualification from Salford College of Technology and then spent two years as the Officer in Charge of a Cheshire County Council home in Sandbach. The CRCCYP (Certificate of Residential Care of Children and Young People) was a social care qualification that existed from 1959 to 197??. The SCRCCYP also existed, (Senior CRCCYP). Neither of these qualifications was at a high enough level to enable anyone acquiring them to achieve registered social worker status.
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 (a Clwyd County Council children’s home one the outskirts of Wrexham), 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 CRCCYP from Salford College of Technology.
Matron 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, an ‘independent’ home for mentally handicapped children run by Care Concern, then he’d worked 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, Michael Nelson (Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey from 1 Jan 1988 until it closed in 1990) and Christine Chapman.
Frederick was promoted to a senior role at Chevet Hey when in 1988 Michael Barnes (Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey) was promoted to a Senior Social Worker’s post with Clwyd Social Services at area level. Even after so many complaints about him at Chevet Hey, Frederick was on 1 Oct 1989 appointed the Assistant Manager at Bersham Hall, after receiving a good reference from Michael Nelson. From 8 July 1990, Frederick was the Officer In Charge of the Cartrefle Community Home in Broughton, near Hawarden, another home run by Clwyd County Council. Frederick bagged that job after the legendary care worker Stephen Norris at Cartrefle Community Home was suspended. Norris had worked at Bryn Estyn before Cartrefle.
I blogged about Stephen Norris quite some time ago, but I’ll revisit him here. Norris was appalling, even by Clwyd standards and was one of those who ended up in Court (twice) for serious sexual offences against the kids in his care. His first trial was at Chester Crown Court on 5 Oct 1990; he pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The Prosecution offered no evidence in support of a charge of buggery, of three charges of indecent assault and another charge was ordered to lie on file. Norris also faced a second trial at Knutsford Crown Court, where on 11 Nov 1993, Norris pleaded guilty to more offences dating back to his time at Bryn Estyn and was jailed for seven years.
To summarise, Norris regularly buggered children, forced them into mutual masturbation/oral sex sessions and was routinely so crude at all times that even other staff avoided him. Norris was the subject of many, many allegations, really was excessive and was known to be for many years until a formal complaint was finally investigated which sparked off the events that led to his Court appearances and Reviews and Reports…
In the spring of 1985, a local person went to the North Wales Police and told them that Norris was interfering with children in care; this complaint arose from the activities of Norris when he wasn’t at work on Clwyd County Council premises. Like many of his colleagues, Norris took kids in care to his home and to other premises where he assaulted them. This was nearly as well-known as Norris’s abuse of kids on work premises. The police told the member of the public that they ‘could do nothing without evidence’.
No further action was taken.
Lord Kenyon – member of North Wales Police Authority
Spring 1985: Francis got suddenly nasty with me and with Ros; beginning of War. I contacted Keith Best, Francis got there first; Best referred the matter to Thatch’s loyal lackey at the Welsh Office for so many years, Lord Wyn Roberts, a very good mate of the Gang. Wyn Roberts grew up on Anglesey, the son of a Methodist Minister. The Tory MP for Conwy, 1970-97. Lord Wyn achieved notoriety as Thatch’s lapdog, but his Loyal Service began when he served as PPS to Peter Thomas, Grocer Heath’s Secretary of State for Wales, 1970-74.
THOMAS HERE – PIC?? – Son of solicitor from Llanrwst, a hotspot for the Gang’s families. Peter Higson – a ‘research clinical psychologist at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh who then became the General Manager of Denbigh and after that the regional manager of the north Wales mental health services grew up in Llanwrst. Higson went on to become CEO of HIW (Health Inspectorate Wales), then returned to north Wales as Chairman of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Peter now sits on the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. Peter spent years as a Director of the North Wales Health Authority. Peter’s sister Ruth Hussey is a Lady Doctor who trained at Liverpool University, worked as a GP and as a Public Health specialist, was Director of Public Health for the North West of England, then served in the Dept of Health in Whitehall and finally returned to Wales as Chief Medical Officer. See previous posts eg. ‘Topsy and Tim’ for details of the series of disasters over which Peter and Ruth have presided, each one being rewarded with a promotion, an appointment to another quango or a gong.
Thomas – barrister, Middle Temple. MP for Conway, DATES; then MP for Hendon?? Henley?? Dates. married into that famous acting family – Grocer Heath’s Welsh Secretary when Gwynne, Dafydd and John Allen rapidly expanded business re the production of child sex workers in north Wales…
For details of Lord Peter Thomas, see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’.
Lord Wyn’s constituency contained Llandudno, origin of Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist. For those who want a holiday in a Freemason-heavy petty bourgeois stronghold of a gang of sex offenders, the Queen of Resorts has long been the location of many of Dafydd’s ‘nursing homes’, ‘private clinics’ and his administrative HQ.
Lord Wyn served in the intelligence services during WW II and after that made his career in journalism and broadcasting; Wyn Roberts was a journo on the Liverpool Daily Post, 1952-54, then worked for the BBC and in 1957 joined TWW (TV Wales and West), later Harlech TV/HTV. Lord Wyn bagged his K in 1990 as I was repeatedly taken to the High Court by his mates and then his peerage in 1997 when Sir Ronnie was wheeled out to conduct the mother of all cover-ups. For full details of Lord Wyn see eg. ‘The Cradle Of Filth’.
The Queen Of Last Resorts:
Dafydd’s Baby Doll Nightie, worn with nae panties:
At the time of the alleged action re Jacqueline, Gillison and Gerry in 1985, Nicholas Eden, a Minster in the Dept of the Environment under Secretary of State Patrick Jenkin – an old lawyer friend of Ronnie Waterhouse’s – was dying from AIDS and resigned from Thatch’s Gov’t on 27 March 1985, before he died on 17 Aug 1985. Nicholas had Doings With Those In North Wales as will become clear later in this post.
Despite the constant allegations/complaints, Stephen Norris wasn’t suspended from work by Clwyd County Council until 11 June 1990.
The Waterhouse Report could do nothing but be highly critical of Clwyd County Council’s response to Norris, including after his convictions. After Norris’s arrest, his victims – who had been victims of very serious offences committed by Norris over a period of years – remained at Cartrefle, in the care of people who had ignored Norris’s activities. They were not offered any sort of counselling or support, although three bizarre meetings were held on 12 and 19 Dec 1990 and 9 Jan 1991 between the kids whom Norris had assaulted, Cartrefle staff, two employees from Clwyd Social Services Hawarden Area Office and five boys who had stayed at Cartrefle after Norris had left.
Hawarden Castle was the Historical Seat of William Gladstone.
THE William Gladstone’s descendant, Sir William Gladstone, with author Ros Aitken, pictured in 2012:
I will discuss the Sir William Gladstone pictured above later in this post. Ros Aitken was plugging some academic work that she had carried out into the biography of Stephen Gladstone, Rector of Hawarden, who was the son of THE William Gladstone. See previous posts for info on THE William Gladstone.
The first meeting began with Norris’s victims being asked if they would agree to meet Norris and other staff, whether the boy who’s complaint about Norris which had resulted in Norris being removed from his job (and subsequently prosecuted) was ‘right or wrong’ to complain about Norris and how the other kids felt about that boy. At the third meeting, ‘sex education’ was provided and a glossary of terms was introduced to the group with an explanation for those terms, including ‘group sex’, ‘oral sex’, ‘masturbation’, ‘festishism’, ‘masochism’, ‘indecent exposure’ and ‘bestiality’. The Waterhouse Report noted that the kids in the group ‘expressed extreme disgust’ during the meeting. Of course the kids who had been assaulted by Norris had experienced all of these practices.
The ludicrous ‘sharing’ meeting was the north Wales way of responding to complaints of staff misconduct.
Carlo: Couldn’t Get Involved, while he was the Chancellor of the University that sent students on placement with this lot and employed some of the ‘practitioners’ in dual NHS/Social Services-academic roles:
In Memoriam, at least by the time that Stephen Norris had been jailed:
Blob Ingham and F and me – meeting with Nerys Owen – 1994-5ish?? Check. See post ‘The Banality Of Evil’.
also the meeting with rob evans re Fearns, Slob etc. Prev meeting to Share Feelings re me between Jackie Brandt and other staff, the contents of which were later ‘shared’ with me, although I was unaware that such a meeting had been planned or taken place.
In north Wales, there was never an appropriate response to cases where staff had breached good practice or broken the law. Disciplinary action was just never on the agenda in response to complaints from clients/patients; there was no sense that these were complaints about misconduct and criminal activity, it always turned into a discussion re who was prepared to meet who and under what circumstances, to enable the staff who were the subject of complaint to ‘express how they feel’…
Brown has observed that in north Wales, the mental health staff spent most of their time ministering to each other. It was they who needed counselling/’treatment’ for anxiety, time off, Mindfulness etc after that encounter with/complaint from an Empowered Service User. The person/people who had been the subject of the complaint would then behave as badly as they had before. Documentation diligently recorded that there was an ‘unhappy history’ between that member of staff and the Empowered Service User and it would be constructed as evidence of how difficult/dangerous the Empowered Service User was. It was never recorded as a complaint against that member of staff… Indeed my complaints were repeatedly described as my ‘harassment’ of staff. Readers will realise that after years of being on the end of insults, law breaking and even assaults, I did take the piss out of these monsters, I took the piss a lot, because no-one at all would address the very serious wrongdoing. However I was constructed as ‘harassing’ staff – precisely Jackie Brandt, Tony Francis and Dafydd – after I had written no more than three letters asking them to respond to my questions/complaints. The subject matter of my questions/complaints were them repeatedly lying, breaking the law and unlawfully detaining me. Yet it was diligently recorded by everyone, police included, that I was ‘harassing’ them.
I was asked recently if I remembered yet another time that I was wrongfully arrested, because my correspondent noticed that it hadn’t yet appeared on the blog; ‘the time that the police officer told you ‘You’ll go down for this now’. Yes, I do remember it. I was wrongfully arrested so many times that only the most memorable have been detailed on this blog. That police officer had received a call from Slob Ingham, Keith Fearns and Jackie Brandt at the Arfon Community Mental Health Team HQ that I had broken the High Court injunction that they had obtained against me days earlier and demanded my arrest. I was arrested, in the middle of Bangor, by the policeman who told me that I’d now ‘go down’ for this. After sitting in the cells in Bangor Police Station for most of the day, Alwyn Jones the solicitor turned up and said ‘That injunction doesn’t have power of arrest, they have to release you’. I was released but only hours after Alwyn told them that the injunction didn’t have power of arrest. Furthermore, I had not broken the terms of the injunction anyway.
So, after lying about me breaking the injunction and lying about it having power of arrest, the Arfon CMHT had me arrested and kept in a cell for the best part of one day. That was of course after they had perjured themselves to obtain the injunction in the first place. See ‘The Bitterest Pill’. When they released me, the police Warned Me About My Behaviour. No apology was issued, not even a regret. My subsequent complaint to Gwynedd Health Authority – I couldn’t write to Gwynedd Social Services, the High Court injunction prevented me from doing that after my three ‘harassing’ letters to Jackie Brandt some months earlier ’caused Mrs Brandt fear and distress’ – was met by a brief, rude letter telling me that it was understood that as soon as the ‘mistake’ had been ‘realised’, I was ‘rapidly’ released from the cells and I had ‘only’ spent a total of six hours or so in police custody.
I’ll wait for a reader to ask me if I remember that time just after that particular wrongful arrest described in the paragraph above, when I was walking through the Cathedral Gardens in Bangor, stopped by a WPC who demanded my name and when I asked her what the problem was told me that a ‘young woman fitting your description has broken an injunction and I’ve been asked to arrest her’. For the only time in my life (honestly, it was) I gave the officer a false name and told her that I’d contact a lawyer immediately if I was arrested. The WPC backed off and I went home straight away before more porkies were told by the Caring Professionals Who Help.
The lies and perjury were constant, over years, the Gang were caught red handed again and again and again. No investigations, ever. All diligently recorded upon my medical records as Fact. ‘She has been arrested once more and is currently in police custody’. Not even followed by a PS: ‘We’ve lied our arses off again, the police have had to release her. No complaint about this matter will be investigated ever by anyone’.
The bottom line was that you couldn’t complain about them. No matter what you did, who you wrote to, how you phrased your complaint, it would end up with a Meeting Of Minds To Share Feelings and then an investigation into the complainant…
I was very familiar with that technique re Empowered Service Users. Stephen Norris went to prison for repeatedly buggering children in his care and the same strategy was employed in his case, with the add-on that the victims of his crimes were reminded in graphic detail in front of third parties exactly what Norris had done to them…
Forced to have sex with animals at the age of 14? Let’s Share! You share first.
There was a Cartrefle Inquiry that began in Nov 1990 after Stephen Norris was jailed. Clwyd County Council instructed John F. Banham, a retired senior officer from Cheshire Social Services, to act on behalf of Clwyd County Council as an independent reviewing officer and report on events at Cartrefle during the period of time that residents were abused. Clwyd Area Child Protection Committee (CACPC) were informed and the CACPC then called for case reviews from Clwyd Health Authority and Clwyd’s Education Dept. Dr Kathleen Dalzell carried out the review for Clwyd Health Authority and David Lund (the Co-ordinator of Support Services) carried out the review for Clwyd’s Education Dept.
The three reports/reviews were presented by June 1991 and CACPC then arranged for an ‘independent panel’ of five senior professionals to conduct an overview. IRENE< GARETH ETC?? This ‘independent panel’ compiled their own report and presented it in Feb 1992.
– cover up by John Jevons, Irene Train and Gareth Jones?? that one who became the Plaid AM who was Head of Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno
DETAILS prev post…
John Banham’s Report identified three members of Clwyd County Council staff who were responsible for Cartrefle when Norris was busy and when his offences were (officially) disclosed. Norris’s line manager was Michael Barnes, who had held the role of Principal Social Worker since 1988; Barnes’s assistant was Norman Green. John Llewellyn Thomas, a Senior Social Worker (Principal Officer, Children), was responsible for Michael Barnes. Barnes had failed to visit Cartrefle on a monthly basis as at one point he intended because he found Norris so unpleasant; it was only the kids in his care who were expected to tolerate Norris’s company.
Banham identified ‘poor liaison’ on the part of Cartrefle with Clwyd Health Authority and Clwyd’s Education Dept.
The comment re ‘poor liaison’ with Clwyd Health Authority cannot have been true. It will have been a case of no official liaison/documentation to ensure that everyone could say that they know nuzzing…
The kids were being injured and taken to Top Docs, health professionals knew that those kids were acquiring injuries, were contracting STDs and becoming pregnant. Furthermore, regular readers will be familiar with how incestuous the public services in north Wales were/are; there was a fairly limited pool of people comprising a local elite who managed and staffed the NHS, the Social Services, the educational institutions and they too, with their friends and families, sat as Councillors, JPs and knew the regions MPs and even peers. There is no way that the key professionals ‘didn’t know’ even if there was a lack of documented liaison.
I know from my own experience that people like Dafydd and D.G.E. Wood felt able to contact just about anyone they wanted in any circumstances to Share Information in an utterly unprofessional and sometimes unlawful manner. The police did the same, the Councillors did it, the situation was extraordinary. Not everybody in such positions behaved like this, but so many of them did that confidentiality did not exist in north Wales.
Likewise Clwyd’s Education Dept would have known, even if there was ‘a lack of liaison’. The kids in the children’s homes were being taught (not always properly), but they were officially on school rolls or in special units.
Frederick Marshall Jones succeeded Stephen Norris, being appointed temporary Acting Officer In Charge of Cartrefle from 8 July 1990. Frederick was suspended on full pay by Clwyd County Council on 17 Sept 1992, pending an investigation into his assaults on children. The investigation was conducted by Karen Anne Reilly the Deputy Senior Manager of Clwyd’s Children’s Services, East Division. Reilly’s investigation was triggered by reports from Kevin Mallon, a NUPE rep, with regard to Frederick’s conduct towards children. Two members of Cartrefle staff, Heather Patricia Lynn and Henry Morton Stanley, left after Frederick arrived. On 22 April 1991, a new Deputy Officer In Charge arrived at Cartrefle, Paul Arthur Kenyon. ONE OF THE KENYONS?
NICHOLAS KENYON AS WELL – at the BBC – any relation?
Heather Lynn was Deputy Officer In charge of Cartrefle, Dec 1980-14 Sept 1990. Lynn was previously employed by Clwyd County Council at Upper Downing children’s home at Whitford, near Holywell in Flintshire from 1 Oct 1975. Prior to that, Heather Lynn worked as a residential nursery assistant with handicapped children at a Leonard Cheshire home. She had received no formal training except for a brief introduction course and had also followed an OU course on child care. Heather Lynn began working at Cartrefle on 20 Dec 1976. She resigned on 14 Sep 1990 after admitting to a sexual relationship with a boy at Cartrefle, W.
W had been one of those regularly sexually assaulted by Stephen Norris until Feb 1990. In April 1990, W lodged with Henry Morton Stanley – who had worked at Cartrefle since Dec 1985 – and Stanley’s wife Jane, who worked as a cook and care assistant at Park House children’s home in Prestatyn. While lodging with the Stanleys, Jane had an affair with W. When the relationship was revealed, W moved out of the Stanleys house and Jane resigned from her job at Park House.
PRESTATYN – DAFYDD’S KNOCKING SHOP was there – the clinics with party music and booze
Henry Morton Stanley worked at Cartrefle from Dec 1985 until 12 July 1990, at which point he took sick leave. Stanley remained on sick leave until Dec 1990. On 5 Dec 1990, Stanley was appointed as a social worker attached to the East Division; he resigned from that post on 30 May 1991, although John Jevons, at that time the Director of Clwyd Social Services, told Stanley that he had no reason to resign as a result of the Cartrefle ‘review’.
Stanley himself had been abused as a child and suffered a breakdown as an adult.
As for Heather Lynn, W was not the only subject of a fling that she enjoyed as a result of her employment with kids in the care of Clwyd County Council. Lynn also had an affair with a boy who had left the ‘care’ of Cartrefle and who moved into Lynn’s house as a lodger, 1993-96, after he was discharged from the care of Clwyd.
Paula Dean was a staff member at Cartrefle who was suspended on 12 Aug 1988, after the solicitor acting for the parents of one boy at Cartrefle made a formal complaint to Gledwyn Jones, the then Director of Clwyd Social Services, on 19 July 1988 re a physical assault on their son. A disciplinary hearing was held in Nov 1988 and Dean was dismissed. She claimed unfair dismissal and the case was settled by Clwyd on undisclosed terms. Paula Dean subsequently secured a job in a home for the elderly.
The events that led to the investigation into Frederick Marshall Jones concerned violent assaults on children on 11 or 12 Aug 1992, the day before the kids at Cartrefle were due to leave for a summer holiday in France with Frederick and other staff.
JOHN ALLENS VILLA IN FRANCE – the kids were taken to mainland Europe and abused/trafficked. france, Amsterdam and other countries. German connection.
Frederick was suspended in Aug 1992 by the Clwyd Social Services Divisional Director (East), Graham Harper, ‘in the presence of a NALGO rep’. Harper wrote a letter dated 21 Sept 1991 detailing allegations against Frederick from Dec 1991. The allegations were passed onto the North Wales Police and Frederick was interviewed in Feb 1993 re the allegations, which included some from his time at Chevet Hey. Papers concerning the matter were passed to the CPS in June 1993 but no prosecution was mounted.
JUNE 1993 – F and me awaiting trial re Brandts perjury. Brandts complaint made in approx. Feb 1993 but we weren’t told until a few weeks later; then arrested. Lord Kenyon AND Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon had died just before we were arrested….
Little Nell, Dame Babs’s husband John Mills and Dame Babs, in 2009 in happier times ie. before Dame Babs died:
John Mills, a very rich major donor to New Labour, was the brother of David Mills, an ‘international lawyer’, who was found guilty of accepting a bribe from Silvio Berlusconi and avoided prison on a technicality. See post ‘ ‘.
David was married to the late Tessa Jowell, daughter of a Top Doc, former Chair of Camden Social Services Committee when Camden was in partnership with the Gang, former children’s social worker for Lambeth Social Services when Lambeth was in partnership with the Gang and sending numerous kids in care to homes in north Wales, former psychiatric social worker at the Maudsley with Dafydd’s mates, former Assistant Director of MIND when Dafydd’s mates ran MIND. That was before Tessa was elected as the Labour MP for Dulwich and bagged Ministerial posts.
For further info on the Jowell-Mills-Hodge Military Industrial Medico-Legal Complex, see eg. ‘The London Connection’, ‘Tower Hamlets, Tessa Jowell and Paul Boateng’ CHECK, ‘Tessa Jowell RIP’ CHECK ‘A Future Leader Of The Labour Party’ and ‘The Mrs Mills Experience’.
After the papers re Frederick were passed to Dame Babs, Frederick remained suspended on full pay, although Cartrefle closed in March OR Sept?? 1993. F AND ME IN COURT THE PREVIOUS MONTH JULY/AUG – 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, after ‘discussions with his union rep’. 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 Ysbyty Gwynedd 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 from 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.
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
The Jillings investigation into the abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council since 1974 was 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. Derek Fatchett, the Labour MP for Leeds Central since 1983 who knew a great deal about the Leeds mates of the Gang, died suddenly, in middle age, in a pub with his mates, on 9 May 1999. Hilary Benn succeeded Fatchett as the constituency MP. See previous posts.
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 June/July 1994 sexual abuse trial at Chester Crown Court that resulted in Peter Howarth being imprisoned for 10 years. Paul Bicker Wilson was acquitted, although on 28 Nov 1994 Wilson pleaded guilty to three counts of physical assault.
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.
DPP – WHO?
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, Senior Social Worker with responsibility for residential children’s services.
The investigation by Clwyd County Council into Paul Wilson was carried out by Geoffrey Wyatt, Assistant Director for Clwyd Social Services (Residential and Day Care). Wyatt was supposedly the line manager of Matt Arnold, Head of Bryn Estyn, but not only was Arnold on a higher salary than Wyatt, Arnold just used to ring the Welsh Office directly whenever he wanted something and would tell Wyatt to sod off. Wyatt retired in 1992.
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 that 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 those staff in charge at Chevet Hey, 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. David Williams, Gwynne’s former Assistant Lobotomist who rose to the top of COHSE was also elected to the General Council of the TUC in 1983 when Len was in charge. 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. 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 Edwards and a Top Doc on 12 feb 1979 or she’d be sent to a secure unit in south Wales until she was 21
Just add serious gratuitous violence to recreate the Chevet Hey atmosphere…
– like the girl who became pregnant by the social worker in Bangor… detail…
irene Edwards was never called to give evidence at the 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 – Enoch’s wife Matron Irene was Deputy until 30 Nov 1987 – Matron was off sick most of the time so Fred Marshall Jones was effectively Deputy and, one assumes, Matron as well.
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, Chevet Hey closing in June 1990. For 20 years prior to being appointed as Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey, Michael Nelson had worked in residential child care, mostly for Liverpool’s Social Services Dept in Dyson Hall, a secure unit.
Dyson Hall in Fazakerley, Liverpool was the centre of the major police investigation Operation Care, which was launched in 1994. One member of Dyson Hall staff, Philip Savage, was in recent years accused of abusing a boy at Dyson Hall in the early 1980s. Savage had previously been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of sexual offences against nine boys. Savage committed most of those offences at Liverpool’s Diocesan Hall Assessment Centre where he assaulted boys detained in the cells of the secure unit. Savage stood trial re further allegations of abuse at Merseyside Crown Court on 26 January 2015. OUTCOME???
In Merseyside, the homes investigated by Operation Care were St Vincent’s and Dyson Hall. The investigation also involved institutions in Cheshire. I have discussed some of these institutions that were investigated in previous posts. I’m not even going to try to blog extensive details because the network of abusers was so enormous and covered so many institutions. I just hope to highlight in my posts that there was mountains of evidence against the Gang who were closely networked with organised abusers in other parts of the UK and indeed abroad as well but complaints went uninvestigated and evidence was ignored or indeed fabricated to incriminate complainants.
The trail re the Untouchables leads back to the Top Doctors every time. Other abusers did eventually begin to be investigated and even convicted. Top Docs and those they protected were not. I realise that this was why I was met with such resistance; I didn’t name bottom feeders, I named Top Doctors. Sorry Top Docs, but I can’t take people like Dafydd and Gwynne seriously, especially when they do a How Very Dare You; I could see through them and the pompousing, threats, perjury and conspiracy just made me more determined to expose them.
Michael Nelson’s training before his employment at Dyson Hall had been a full time residential child care course in 1971 as well as subsequent conferences and seminars on child sexual abuse, case management and a short course on restraint run by the prison service. When Chevet Hall closed, Nelson became Manager of the Gladwyn Children’s Centre at Gresford, remaining in that post until 1993. When Nelson gave evidence at the Waterhouse Inquiry in 1997, he was employed by Wrexham County Borough Council as the Group Manager ‘of a residential facility for children’.
Group Manager Michael Nelson formerly of Dyson Hall…
Wrexham County Borough Councillors included Lord Kenyon’s eldest son, who became the 6th Lord Kenyon (at least he was a Councillor in 1991, I don’t know how long he was a member of WCBC for) and Lesley Griffiths, who grew up near Wrexham and worked as a medical secretary at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, her work being concerned with STDs, including those contracted by the kids in care.
In early 1993, Lord Lloyd Kenyon’s younger son, Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon, died from AIDS. Thomas was known to be sexually using/abusing at least one boy in the care of Clwyd County Council, as discussed in previous posts. Lord Kenyon was Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority, 1974-78 and had for years held senior roles in NHS governance in north Wales before Clwyd Health Authority was created. Lord Kenyon was also a member of the North Wales Police Authority and the most senior Freemason in north Wales. See previous posts.
Thomas Tyrell-Kenyon – that arson on the YMCA in Brum – Thomas prosecuted but not prison, bailed in Denbigh… approx. 1970
discussion online re Thomas – the boy whom he was abusing in 1978 ‘too old’ to be in care of Social Services – claimed that he was ‘in psychiatric care’
the contributors to the online discussion assume that those ‘looking after’ the boy were following the rules and law… the records were forged and barefaced lies documented – the boy might have been younger than stated – Lord K was in charge of Flintshire records office! – psych care would make sense, if the boy was a patient of Dafydd and Gwynne’s he’d have been encouraged/pressured/forced into having sex with all and sundry anyway
those discussing online take issue with the use of word ‘boy’ – but everyone in north Wales called those ‘boys’ from the homes ‘boys’; because they entered the homes very much as boys of 11, 12, 13 – a sort of segue was performed, they were boys but when they grew into young men of 18, 19, 20, STD-infected, addicted, very crazy and chaotic, they were held fully responsible for their own problems but still constructed as ‘boys’ who had been ‘helped’ by Dafydd yet the ungrateful wretches had turned into THIS… When I told an Angel in Denbigh, Ingrid, that they hated Dafydd, she responded with ‘Those boys’ are ungrateful, no-one else would ever bother with them like DA does…
Ingrid was one of the Angels who drove me to the train station and loaded me onto the train to London. At Robert Bluglass’s 1989 cover-up, Bluglass told me that he desperately wanted to interview Ingrid as a witness but she had refused to attend the meeting. have no idea how true that was or if Ingrid did refuse why that was. all a bunch of liars…
In May 2007 Lesley Griffiths was elected as the Labour AM for Wrexham and subsequently served as the Welsh Gov’t Health Minister, May 2011-May 2013, during which time she ignored numerous e mails from me re the increasing level of threats and harassment to which I was being subjected by the Gang and the absolute refusal to provide me with NHS care under all circumstances.
Aled Roberts grew up near Wrexham, worked as a solicitor in Wrexham, became a Wrexham County Borough Councillor in 1991, was Mayor of Wrexham, 2003-04 and served as Leader of WCBC, 2005-11 and then served as a Lib Dem AM for North Wales, 2011-16. Aled is now the Welsh Language Commissioner. Aled took over that role when the Crack of Doom, former Gwynedd social worker Meri Huws, stood down.
See posts eg. ‘History Repeats Itself, First As Tragedy, Then As Farce…’ for info re Lesley who Gets Nervous Talking In Front Of All The Men, But Who Helps The Mums.
Some six or seven years ago, I went to see Aled Roberts in his capacity as an MP on behalf of a friend of mine. My friend at the time was having the sort of problems that I had with the mental health services in north Wales and like me, he had been having those problems for years, it was how I got to know him.
We first met back in the 1990s in the Hergest Unit and he was one of the patients who ended up in prison after being arrested on the basis of NHS staff perjury. While in prison, his wife was told of a Top Doc ‘who could help’; it was Dafydd. The couple hadn’t yet had the Dafydd Experience or been warned, not actually socialising with patients that much, being business people who were trying to keep that together in the face of him being in such a bad way. Dafydd offered to visit this man in Altcourse Prison.
In prison my friend had received a 10 minute visit from a prison Top Doc whom he described as unpleasant and uninterested, who told my friend that he had bipolar disorder, yet left without prescribing anything. Dafydd turned up afterwards and told my friend that he had PTSD. My friend told Dafydd that he was sure that he didn’t. Dafydd insisted, recorded PTSD on documentation and told my friend that there was a bed for him at Dafydd’s ‘nursing home’ in Llandudno, Ty Gwyn, where he could stay on bail until his case was heard in Court. My friend was released from jail into the care of Dafydd.
My friend described Ty Gwyn as a ‘mediocre boarding house’, although Dafydd was charging approx. £2k per week. My friend and his wife were personally footing the bill. There were no qualified staff on duty and vegetarian food was unavailable; my friend was told that as a veggie, he’d have to go into Llandudno and buy takeaways. After three days he declared that this nursing home was clearly a scam and he was leaving. Dafydd arrived within 30 mins – the first time that he’d seen Dafydd since leaving prison – and told him that he was ill and needed at least ‘another three weeks’ in the care of Ty Gwyn. My friend left anyway after giving Dafydd an account of every bit of good practice and law that he’d seen breached at Ty Gwyn.
Although my friend was in Ty Gwyn as a condition of bail and expected to be arrested for breaking bail conditions, he never heard another thing from the Court, the prison, the police or Dafydd. He returned to the Hergest Unit and was confronted by Tony Francis hurling insults at him, yelling ‘Don’t you ever do this to me again’. My friend asked ‘Do what? Get unlawfully arrested and imprisoned because you ordered staff to lie about me?’
My friend’s relationship with the Hergest had always been very difficult but after that it was so extraordinary that, as with my case, it would be difficult to believe if one hadn’t witnessed it. Years of being unlawfully refused treatment by various Top Docs and in the end all Top Docs across the whole of north Wales followed, for all conditions under all circumstances. I and other witnesses complained to the police and the NHS about the neglect and abuse to which we had witnessed this man being subjected. In recent years, the North Wales Police handled him with great kindness and great sensitivity after the numerous suicide attempts. They had, I heard, told third parties that what was happening was disgraceful, this man was seriously ill and was very obviously being left to die by the mental health services…
In the end my friend went abroad for treatment privately. Some three years ago he gave me the mass of documentation that, like me, he had finally extracted re his case with the help of lawyers. His documents show serious organised crime in the welfare services as clearly as mine do, over the same decades, involving the same people. The same signatures are on our records and even the same phrases used to persuade the police to arrest us back in the 1990s and during the first part of the millennium… This was a Tried And Tested Methodology for whistleblowers and complainants…
My friend and I both wrote to the authorities about the neglect and abuse to which the other one was subjected. W didn’t know at the time that we had both done this for the other one but when we read the documents years later, it was clear that there had been an agenda to shaft both of us using the same methods, as well-educated complainants who understood how serious some of the crime that they were witnessing was. My friend had also witnessed a young female patient in Hergest being sexually assaulted by male Angels under the umbrella of ‘restraint’…
My friend still has mental health problems and is now nearing 70 yrs old; his physical health is failing and it is very clear that there is still an unspoken conspiracy on the part of Top Docs of north Wales to refuse to treat him. An Angel employed at Bangor University smugly admitted this to me some years ago, not realising how well I knew him and that I had watched the outrage since about 1995…
The documentation that my friend’s lawyer was never able to obtain was the documentation relating to his wrongful arrest and imprisonment at Altcourse. The Home Office refused to release it, so he has no idea of who the prison Top Doc was, what records Dafydd submitted to the prison and Court to have him transferred to Ty Gwyn and why those serious charges that arose from the perjury of the Hergest Unit staff disappeared into thin air when my friend walked out of Ty Gwyn after giving Dafydd a list of every law that was being broken.
My friend has asked me to publish the documentation that he gave to me if he is found dead in the near future; he believes that to be a real possibility.
One factor that I believe my friend has missed with regard to his nightmare at the hands of the north Wales NHS, is his previous employment, before he came to north Wales in 1979, as a trainee social worker in Haringey and a youth worker in Islington. He reported the neglect and abuse of clients and he also knew a bit about Little Nell and her husband… Like me, in his early years in Wales my friend Shared With NHS staff in north Wales some of what he witnessed in north London and I am sure that was what was behind so much of the aggro that he experienced in north Wales. He never saw himself as such but he was a whistleblower re the Islington paedophile ring and he had no idea that they were linked to the Gang in north Wales.
I haven’t seen this friend for months so I haven’t told him that I have found evidence now of direct contact between Dafydd and the Gang and the Islington crowd… I did tell him of my suspicions ages ago but he just said no, it was 1979, ancient history, they won’t have known each other… They did, they were partners in crime.
In north London my friend was friends with two of the London Young Radical Professionals who moved in Little Nell’s circle. One is now a member of the GMC and the other is a Radical Lawyer who, like Michael Mansfield, ignores gross injustice arising from certain people and matters. They knew what was happening to my friend in north Wales and quietly backed off. He hasn’t had contact with them for years.
My friend also knew a man called Jeremy Corbyn when he lived in London…
My friend and people on his behalf have contacted MPs and AMs in an attempt to secure him NHS care. Not one of them will take up his case. The last AM we tried was Aled Roberts. I met Aled myself and gave him a detailed account of just some of the difficulties that my friend was encountering trying to get NHS care. I didn’t mention Dafydd or Islington or any Ancient History, I just related the events of the past few months to Aled. Aled was very pleasant and promised to help. Because my friend hadn’t seen Aled in person, Aled explained that my friend would have to fill in documentation giving Aled permission to take up his case. Aled supplied me with the documentation. I gave it to my friend the next day. He completed and returned it. After some six weeks, he had an acknowledgement from Aled. He had made three suicide attempts by the time that Aled acknowledged receipt of the documentation. It was months before he heard from Aled again. Aled wrote him a brief communication saying that there was nothing that he could do to help in this case. He heard no more from Aled.
At the time I just put it down to Aled being yet another weak unprincipled politician who won’t confront Top Docs. I didn’t know of Aled’s long association with the Council that ran the kids homes in north Wales and his role as one of the Councillors who sat in silence as the scandal re Bryn Estyn etc broke. Or that Aled had been for years a Wrexham solicitor throughout the years of excess. The Wrexham solicitors represented all sorts of people from Wrexham, but not those kids in care or Empowered Service Users.
The solution on the part of everyone was that they waited for us to die. My medical notes – as did those of my friend who had worked in Islington – had references to the expectation that we would no longer be alive in five years time anyway so no-one would be wasting too much clinical effort on us. The targets were/are usually the dispossessed. However I was a medical sciences postgrad and my friend was an accountant with his own business when we first encountered the Gang proper. So they worked very hard indeed to ensure that we too could be constructed as dispossessed, crazy, dangerous people who could not be believed.
People died BECAUSE of them, undoubtedly. It absolutely was not a case of all those who ended up in the hands of the Gang already being in such a bad way that they were irretrievable. Even all the kids in care were not ‘troubled’ or ‘delinquent’; some were, there were some very difficult kids, but some of them had parents who had provided stable homes who had died, or were too ill to look after them. The kids at Gwynfa Unit who were battered and raped were kids with childhood depression, they were not ‘maladjusted’, they had not been expelled from school, they had not been in trouble with the law…
My friend who knew the Islington crowd and I used to have conversations re the reason we were first ‘referred’ to the Gang; high performing young people who developed mental health problems that were text book cases and did not have the sort of dire prognoses that some such problems have. We both did the ‘Look what they did to us’ bit. I have received e mails from other people saying the same: ‘I was a university student with a minor problem and I just can’t believe what they have done to me, I wish that I had never, ever gone near them…’. Goodness knows how the parents of the Gwynfa kids must have felt. Their 14 year old developed childhood depression, was sent to a Residential NHS Specialist Unit to be Looked After and was buggered and dropped out of the window on his head. Or if they were a girl, became pregnant by one of the staff.
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 Gledwyn Jones. 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 Gledwyn, but Barnes knew that he’d written that Report and sent it…
Michael Barnes followed the Report up with a letter to Gledwyn Jones two months after he sent the Report which didn’t ever arrive anywhere, yet alone at its destination ie. Gledwyn. Barnes’s letter was sent after Mars-Jones had sent Gillison and Gerry to prison 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.
letters about me from Clwyd health auth after i’d complained – ccd to mars-jones’s sister in law dilys DATES??
Yet another fun guy who worked at Chevet Hey was David Gwyn Birch, who began work there on 1 Nov 1984. Birch had previously worked on supply at the South Meadows and Park House children’s homes in Prestatyn after leaving his employment at Bryn Estyn when that home was closed in June 1984. Birch remained at Chevet Hey until 14 Jan 1990, when he resigned. Birch was then appointed by the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton as Deputy Officer In Charge of a community home or homes in Aintree Lane and Cherry Road, after receiving a good reference from Raymond Powell, Assistant Director of Clwyd Social Services (there were several such senior managers of this rank) which was signed in the name of Gledwyn Jones, the then Director of Social Services for Clwyd and dated 12 Sept 1989.
Here’s a few Interesting Facts about David Birch who received a good reference and waved goodbye to Clwyd in Jan 1990 for pastures new in Sefton in Liverpool:
Birch was immediately below Frederick Marshall Jones in the hierarchy at Chevet Hall for a time in 1988 after Michael Barnes left but before Michael Nelson arrived at Chevet Hey on 27 June 1988 ie. Birch was Acting Deputy Officer In Charge. Birch provided an alibi for Jacqueline Thomas re some allegations of sexual abuse. For a short while in Oct 1986 Birch was suspended. Michael Barnes’s Nov 1986 Report that never went anywhere let alone to Gledwyn was highly critical of Birch. On 29 Jan 1987, Raymond Powell, John Llewelleyn Thomas, Michael Barnes and five others met at Shire Hall in Mold (Clwyd County Council HQ) to discuss Barnes’s Report. On 7 Dec 1987, Gledwyn Jones, then the Director of Social Services for Clwyd, interviewed Birch in the presence of Clwyd County Council’s Deputy Personnel Officer and trade union representatives. Nonetheless, Birch ‘survived’ in post and hung about in Clwyd until he waved them a fond farewell in Jan 1990…
On 15 March 1992 North Wales Police carried out dawn raids on addresses in the Wrexham area re allegations of child abuse and arrested 15 men and one woman. By the end of the day, police were obliged to release all of those arrested except for David Birch, Peter Howarth, Stephen Norris and Paul Bicker Wilson. Of those, only Norris admitted to any offences. On 12 Jan 1995 David Birch was acquitted on two counts of sexual abuse.
JAN AND FEB 1995 – Chairman of Gwynedd Community Health Trust Hefin Davies – a Freemason and one time High Sheriff of Gwynedd – writing to lawyers asking if there is any way that they can prosecute me for anything at all – lawyers at Welsh Office and additional use of Tony Lane, Caernarfon, as the ‘Trust’s lawyer’. Hefin made the inquiries after Brown once more testified that Dafydd had tried to bribe me and the complaint had never been investigated and after the Trust refused to take action against Dafydd re breaching my confidence. Dafydd perjured himself in Nov 1994 as well, but not to worry, that’s all in a day’s work. See post ‘ ‘.
This was the MP for Sefton when Mr Birch found employment in the Borough running children’s homes:
Sir George Howarth
|Member of Parliament
Knowsley North and Sefton East (1997-2010)
Knowsley North (1986-1997)
13 November 1986
|Preceded by||Robert Kilroy-Silk|
|Born||29 June 1949
Prescot, Lancashire, England
|Alma mater||University of Salford|
Sir George Edward Howarth (born 29 June 1949) serves as the MP for Knowsley. He also served the seat’s predecessors since being elected in a by-election in 1986, firstly as the MP for Knowsley North (until 1997) and then Knowsley North and Sefton East (1997-2010).
Born in Merseyside, Howarth was educated at the local Huyton Secondary School, the Kirkby College of Further Education and Liverpool Poly. He went on to study at the University of Salford. Howarth served his apprenticeship for four years from 1966 as an engineer and then worked as an engineer until 1975 when he moved into teaching.
In 1980 Howarth joined Cooperative Development Services and in 1982 was appointed the Chief Executive at the Wales Cooperative Centre. Howarth became the Chief Executive of the Wales TUC sponsored Centre in Cardiff, a position he held before his election to the House.
Howarth was elected as a Councillor to the Huyton District Council in 1971 – Harold Wilson was the MP for Huyton, DATES – and served in its successor the Knowsley Borough Council until 1986, becoming its Deputy Leader from 1982-1983. George Howarth was the Chair of the Knowsley South Constituency Labour Party, 1981-85.
Howarth is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.
George Howarth was knighted in Brenda’s 2019 Birthday Honours just a few months ago. Presumably for Services To Dafydd.
Sir George’s predecessor in the seat Robert Kilroy Silk was a good friend of the Gang for many years and in the 1990s when the Gang were desperately in need of PR, Kilroy Silk invited Dafydd onto his daytime TV show to spout nonsense. A number of Dafydd’s mates, including Lord Snowdon’s mistress Mental Health Campaigner Marjorie Wallace (see post ‘One Dangerous Fucker’), also turned up on Kilroy. I’m sorry to say that Brown started it off by appearing on Kilroy and it was more than the Gang could bear; they colonised Kilroy for months afterwards. See previous posts.
Andrew Humphriss was employed at Chevet Hey as a residential care worker, 1 May 1988-25 Sept 1989, although he spent some weeks during April/May 1989 at Bersham Hall covering for a colleague who was on sick leave and then suspended. When Humphriss was appointed to his post at Chevet Hey, he had served in the Metropolitan Police for six years and then worked as a residential social worker for the London Borough of Newham for two years. Humphriss resigned from Chevet Hey in late Sept 1989 and in 1993 had completed a degree in education at Cartrefle College, the institution that handed out the meaningless qualifications to the thugs and sex offenders who staffed the children’s homes in Wales.
I have been told by an insider that standards at Cartrefle College (which became NEWI and then Glyndwr University) were very poor, that Lucille Hughes and Nefyn Dodd had a hotline to senior tutors at Cartrefle College, at least where the social work courses were concerned and that students were encouraged into friendly chit chat with tutors solely as a means of identifying potential whistleblowers who would then be shafted. The same process was in place at Coleg Menai even after the publication of the Waterhouse Report (see post ‘Social Work – Theory’) CHECK and on certain courses at Bangor University, including social work and teacher training. Not all tutors were involved but enough of them were part of the process to cause serious problems for unsuspecting students. When Andrew Humphriss gave evidence to Waterhouse in 1997, he had been working as a teacher in Cheshire for the last four years.
On 24 April 1989, a local Councillor and postmaster witnessed Andrew Humphriss physically assaulting a kid who was resident in Chevet Hey outside of Gwersyllt swimming baths. Michael Barnes, then a Senior Social Worker (‘Principal Social Worker, Children and Family Services, with responsibility for nine or ten children’s homes and for appointing the staff of those homes), interviewed Humphriss the next day, in the presence of Michael Nelson, then the Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey. Humphriss was suspended on full pay pending the investigation of the Councillor’s complaint. Top Doctors employed by Clwyd Health Authority were involved in this investigation; I don’t know if Dafydd himself was, but even if he wasn’t, it will have been his friends and colleagues. Humphriss resigned from his job on 25 Sept 1989, looking forward to a new career as a teacher…
July 1989 – Bluglass COVER UP re my complaint about Dafydd and the Gang – check all dates – the July hearing was a result of that lie about Bluglass having to go into hosp as an emergency – hearing supposed to have been held on DATE?? my complaint originally made in spring 1987 – just ignored completely until 1988 – check all dates. CLWYD MEDICAL OFFICERS INVOLVED esp public health docs and community docs – names – it’ll be exactly the same people re humprhiss and irene fucking train as well
the staff member with Leicester link??
[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]
comments re chevet hey – disorganised, staff battling with each other, kids abandoned, no structure, nothing for them to do, dreadful conditions materially, numerous complaints not investigated…
cartrefle – seriously bad, esp with Norris, total brutal anarchy, kids at serious risk, all staff knew what Norris was doing, they hated him so much that they refused to be around him themselves
The Little Acton Assessment Centre was a children’s home in north Wales that certainly saw much action. Little Acton was a community home, purpose built for Clwyd County Council, located in Wrexham and it opened in 1974. There was a school located on site and also accommodation in the form of flats for a number of staff. Little Acton provided 30 places for the assessment of 15 ‘residents’ (children) and 15 other children attending daily.
Little Acton virtually hit the buffers as soon as it opened. Difficulties in obtaining applications for senior jobs from suitable people were experienced from the outset. After advertising the post of Superintendent twice, it was decided that candidates of appropriate calibre had not applied. A third advertisement was not authorised and Peter John Bird, one of the existing ‘unsuitable’ candidates who was then 32 years old and had obtained the CRCCYP from Salford College of Technology in 1971, was appointed with effect from 1 December 1973, in time for the Grand Opening.
Bird was brought up in Stockport and trained as a painter and decorator until he became a regional organising Secretary for the Church of England Children’s Society in 1962. Bird’s subsequent experience was of work in a probation hostel, a remand home and finally successive appointments as Warden and Deputy Superintendent of children’s homes in the London area. Bird remained in post at Little Acton until 20 April 1978, when he was suspended for nearly six months and then re-employed as a craft instructor at Marchwiel Adult Training Centre, having admitted eight allegations of failure to carry out his duty.
A number of thugs and abusers in north Wales obtained qualifications from the Salford College of Technology; that and Cartrefle College were the educators of choice for the lower level batterers of Gwynedd and Clwyd. Salford College of Technology was established in 1970; it had previously been the Peel Park Technical Institute, established in 1961. Salford College of Technology became the University College of Salford in DATE. It merged with Salford University in 1996.
I have blogged about those who ran Salford University in previous posts. The qualifications issued by Cartrefle College were accredited by Salford University. CHECK. One social work student from Salford reported witnessing the abuse of kids within days of beginning his placement in north Wales. He was ordered to ‘stay at home’ by his tutors and later told that because he had only spent such a short time on placement, his perception of the (mis)treatment of children at the home in question was inaccurate. This man gave evidence at the Waterhouse Inquiry. Ronnie reminded him of his very junior status at the time and that he couldn’t possibly have had the necessary understanding to comment on the conduct of his Elders And Betters.
Salford was on the location of the big ring in Manchester facilitated by some of the biggest names in medicine back in the 1950s and 60s eg. Lord Robert Platt (see previous posts) and Sir Douglas Black (eg. ‘The Logic Of Medicine’) who concealed Gwynne and Dafydd’s criminality.
Manchester University is proud of having hosted the first Professor of Nursing in England, 1974-89, Jean Kennedy McFarlane aka Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff. McFarlane was not only clueless academically but a fine example of a No Nonsense Matron who colluded with appalling patient abuse. The Baroness came from south Wales, spent part of her career there and partook of one of Bedford College (London’s) embarrassing sociology courses, which produced so many graduates who joined the ranks of the tame facilitators of organised abuse, working alongside the Gang’s network. Whether the presence of Bertrand Russell’s son Conrad for so many years at Bedford College as an academic had any bearing on this I’m not sure; Bedford College pioneered ‘medical sociology’ but it wasn’t the sort of medical sociology that I’d be boasting about. See previous posts.
The Baroness Jean of Llandaff sat on numerous Committees re Nursing, the NHS etc, including the Royal Commission on the NHS, 1976-79, Chaired by Sir Alec Merrison, a nuclear physicist linked to the Gang who was wheeled out when Gov’ts were in despair at the activities of the Top Docs. See previous posts. That particular Royal Commission was invented by Babs Castle as a pretence of Doing Something About NHS Pay And Conditions as well as Pay Beds. Babs knew damn well that the Top Docs were going to kick her to death if she opposed them on any matter let alone their private practices, so she set up the Royal Commission at such a time that she knew that by the time it reported, Thatch would be PM and it wouldn’t be Battling Babs’s problem. See previous posts.
The Lady of Llandaff was also a Fellow of the RCN and Vice-President of the Bart’s League Of Nurses, as well as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, 1990-94.
See previous posts for more info on Baroness Jean and how she taught those girls to do a good hospital corner and you didn’t have all these problems when Jean supervised the wards.
Matron Jean became the Baroness of Llandaff on 30 July 1979; Mr Thrope had the month before Walked Free From The Old Bailey and Mary Wynch was unlawfully imprisoned by Dafydd in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh.
Dafydd’s mate from the Maudsley, Dr Bob Hobson, surprised everyone by relocating to Manchester in 1974 (see post ‘The Mentor’). Dr Bob arrived in Manchester in time for the Children Act 1975 which resulted in hundreds of kids being taken into care and sent to live with the Gang in north Wales.
Other stars in Manchester/Salford who were fully on board with the Gang included Prof Mervyn Susser and his wife Prof Zena Stein, two South African anti-apartheid activists who worked in Manchester in the 1960s before moving to the US (see previous posts) and Dafydd’s mate Prof Hugh Freeman and his wife the child psychologist NAME. See post ‘The Science Of Animal Behaviour’ and ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
Hugh Freeman was a colleague and pal of Dr Michael Tarsh, who played a substantial role in the conviction of Stefan Kiszco for the sexual assault and murder of a little girl, Lesley Molseed. Stefan was innocent but crucial evidence demonstrating this had been withheld at his trial. While Stefan was in prison he was repeatedly attacked by other prisoners, diagnosed with Schizophrenia and ‘delusions of innocence’ no less and was transferred to a secure psychiatric unit. He was still there when his innocence was accepted by the Court of Appeal and because he was deemed to be Mad he wasn’t immediately released. Stefan was in the process of being transferred to a high security institution for Dangerous Nutters – Ashworth was named as a suitable destination – when the Court of Appeal cleared him. Stefan’s case is one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in UK history. Stefan didn’t receive a penny in compensation; he was awarded a few groats for the serial lies and perjury of Top Docs, bent police officers, lawyers and forensic scientists, but Stefan died ‘from a heart attack’ in early middle age at his home in Rochdale on 23 Dec 1993 shortly after he was released, but before he was paid. Stefan’s constituency MP was one Cyril Smith who had refused to support Stefan at any point. See post ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
The abusing Top Docs of Manchester metamorphosed into Historians Of Medicine when the police investigations began in the early 1990s and managed to make alliances with some very big names who really were Historians Of Medicine, including Professor Roy Porter, as discussed in previous posts.
Gwynne and Dafydd were provided with further support from a range of academics based at Manchester University, some of whom were mates with Bertrand Russell and the Welsh Bloomsbury Set, including Isabel Emmet, a social anthropologist who married a man from Cwm Croesor and Dorothy Emmett, a philosopher who was close mates with the biggest and best in philosophy. See eg. ‘Vested Interests Or Common Pool?’ and ‘Theatre Of The Absurd’.
Then there were the bent senior police officers of Greater Manchester working under the famously mad Chief Constable James Anderton, which resulted in the allegations and counter-allegations around Deputy Chief Constable John Stalker and the corrupt professional people whom they did business with. See ‘Top Of The Cops’ and ‘A Stalker’s Network’.
Ken and Barbara Moulton, who during the 1980s ran the Gazelle Hotel on the Menai Strait between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris which served as THE socialising venue for the Top Docs and other members of the Gang, got away with an awful lot in terms of swindling staff and business partners, Ken exposing himself to the sixth formers who were working as waitresses there while Barbara’s pics from her previous career as a porn queen were passed around north Wales for light entertainment, because Barbara’s ex-husband was a senior detective with the Greater Manchester Police. Barbara’s ex was on good terms with Barbara and Ken (Barbara’s second husband), which surprised me because they fell out with so many people at such a rate. It’s taken a while to dawn on me that the Gazelle was part of the Gang and Barbara’s ex will have been a valuable member. I worked in the kitchen of the Gazelle, 1984-85 and I witnessed much, but I thought that the place was full of lecherous old Top Docs and Bangor University staff because they had the disposable income to spend there. See post ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
Barbara and Ken eventually pissed off so many people in north Wales that they could no longer trade. They sold the Gazelle. Barbara left Ken for a wealthy builder in Cheshire (where Barbara and Ken had originally come from) and Ken ran a pub in Malltraeth on Anglesey but became a serious alcoholic and I was told ‘lost everything’. Ken was a wally but he was also a witness to a great deal of crime. Ken was obviously more disposable than Barbara, the ex-wife of the senior policeman from Greater Manchester.
George Carman QC was a bent barrister who was mates with many bent coppers and criminals and was based in Manchester until Carman’s successful defence of Mr Thrope at the Old Bailey in 1979 made him famous and he relocated to London. Immediately after the Mr Thrope case, Carman was offered a judicial post in Hong Kong, which he intended to accept. It was while Carman stayed in Leicester for a few weeks in 1981 that someone or something persuaded him to remain in the UK. Carman was within a short while very rich and very famous as the go-to libel lawyer in Britain.
Carman was in Leicester for those weeks because he was the defending barrister in the case of Dr Leonard Arthur, a Leicester paediatrician, who had attempted to murder a newborn baby with Down’s syndrome at the request of the baby’s parents. Arthur was presented to the Court and the media as a Compassionate Doctor Faced With A Dreadful Dilemma, rather than a member of a criminal organised abuse ring. He was acquitted.
Just before Leonard Arthur hit the headlines, there was the Tragic Case of Lady Isobel Barnett, who had in the 1950s and 60s been a Posh Lady Doctor starring on BBC programmes such as ‘The Brains Trust’ and ‘What’s My Line’. Lady Isobel Committed Suicide on DATE at her home near Leicester where she had lived for decades. Lady Isobel was the widow of a man who had played a key role in public life in Leicester. The Barnetts knew about the ring in Leicester and a reading of the details of the Sad Decline of Lady Isobel into Eccentricity, Social Isolation and Shoplifting, the Shame of which caused her to top herself, doesn’t quite ring true. Lady Isobel’s death received much media coverage and was even the subject of a debate in the Commons re shoplifting and the traumas of those accused, led by one Greville Janner, a Leicester MP…
For more info on the Leonard Arthur case, Lady Isobel and Greville’s Heartfelt Plea to the Commons, see ‘Theatre of the Absurd’.
Geraint Morgan QC, the MI5 officer who served as the Tory MP for Denbigh, 1959-83, was a barrister based in Chambers in Manchester and spent much more time being a barrister than he did in the Commons. See eg. ‘Cymro 007’.
North Wales trained a lot of teachers, many of whom went to work in Liverpool and Manchester….
Manchester University proudly hosted and might still host an MSc in psychiatric social work. One graduate was Ann Coffey, who worked as a Gwynedd social worker in 1973, was elected as the Labour MP for Stockport in 1992 and evolved into Miranda’s PPS and Parliament’s resident Expert – in collaboration with Little Nell – on child abuse, trafficking and How Awful Jeremy Corbyn Is.
Manchester University has more recently embraced a whole variety of Qualifications For Mental Health Professionals which are based on some of the research frauds developed by Gang members in north Wales, including Prof Mark Williams of Mindfulness fame. See previous posts.
Tony and Sadie Francis worked in Manchester/Salford immediately before arriving in north Wales in the early 1980s. Sadie qualified as a Top Doc at Manchester University and Tony pursued post-qualification ‘training’ there (see post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’). The Drs Francis worked at Manchester when Jean McFarlane was busy being the First Prof of Nursing in an English University. I am fairly sure that one or both of the Drs Francis have bumped into Ann Coffey somewhere along the way…
The response to advertisements for other senior posts at Little Acton were very poor. Appointments of people known to be severely wanting were however made. The Deputy Officer In Charge, Huw Meurig Jones, took up his post in 21 July 1974, but resigned on 31 March 1976. Huw was 25 years old when appointed and he too had obtained the CRCCYP from Salford College of Technology, in 1973. Huw Jones had become a houseparent, employed by the City of Liverpool, at the age of 18 years and he had worked at Chevet Hey from 1 February 1972 and then briefly as Deputy Officer In Charge there after his course at Salford. Following his resignation from Little Acton, Huw Meurig Jones became an unqualified social worker for Clwyd County Council at Wrexham and then Colwyn Bay. Huw failed the first year part of the course for the CQSW at Cartrefle College in July 1980 and resigned from Clwyd’s employ on 28 July 1981, following periods of suspension from 19 December 1980 onwards, during successive investigations by the police of allegations of sexual abuse against him.
Huw Meurig Jones’s successor as Deputy Office In Charge was Carl Johnson Evans; Evans was employed in that post, 1 May 1976-8 October 1978. Evans was suspended from duty on 13 January 1978, following an allegation of rape made by a girl resident against him on 8 January 1978 and during the subsequent investigation by Clwyd County Council of other allegations of misconduct on his part. Evans was the less favoured of the two candidates who were “pre-interviewed” for the post on 2 April 1976.
Waterhouse stated in his Report that it was unclear whether the appointments panel saw any references for Evans before making a recommendation. The panel reported to Clwyd’s Personnel Committee that Evans appeared to have the necessary qualities and experience for the post but that they doubted his ability to relate well to staff and children in difficult situations. They assessed him as an “over-confident type of person who might cause friction in difficult circumstances”. The panel doubted Evans’s sincerity and drew attention to the fact that he had no experience in dealing with adolescent girls. So Carl was given the job!
Carl Evans left school at the age of 15 years and worked as a trainee forester, salesman, army musician and assistant manager of a finance company, for 14 years before starting residential care work. By the date of his appointment to Little Acton, Evans was 40 years old and his experience of residential care had been at two approved schools and then as Third In Charge of an assessment centre for just over two years until February 1976. Evans had obtained the CRCCYP in 1967, having taken the housemasters’ course at Lemorby Park. LOOK UP. Immediately prior to Evans’s appointment at Little Acton, he had been employed briefly by Care Concern at Ystrad Hall, Llangollen. Evans had also secured an appointment as First Deputy at a remand home in Manchester but had been unable to take this up because of the needs of his foster child. Someone gave Carl Evans one of those as well as a job looking after other people’s kids.
Such was the chaos and trauma during the first four years of the existence of the Little Acton Assessment Centre that in 1978, Clwyd County Council held an investigation. T.M. Hadyn Rees, then the Chief Executive of Clwyd County Council, requested the Director of Social Services, Emlyn Evans, to conduct an investigation. Emlyn Evans appointed a team of four (a training officer and two homes inspectors from Clwyd’s Social Services Department, plus the social services group auditor from Clwyd’s Treasurer’s Department) to conduct the investigation in January 1978.
The investigating team were required to enquire with particular regard to the circumstances leading to the disciplinary measures taken against Valerie Halliwell (Matron), Leslie Wilson (Senior Houseparent) and matters relating to the Deputy Superintendent, Carl Evans. The investigating team produced an exhaustive report by 6 July 1978.
To summarise the comments of the investigating team: (a) Unqualified staff had been appointed to the posts of Matron and Senior Houseparents (three). (b) There had only ever been a period of three weeks when all three Senior Houseparents were in post and on duty. (c) One difficulty was Clwyd County Council’s policy of not filling vacant posts unless written justification for a replacement was produced and written approval subsequently given. (d) Other factors prohibiting the filling of senior posts at Little Acton were the suspension of a Senior Houseparent (Leslie Wilson) in July 1977 and his dismissal on 28 February 1978 as well as the absence of the Matron (Valerie Halliwell) on sick leave from March 1977 (except for about a month), followed by her suspension and then her resignation on 9 December 1977. (e) Between 1 April 1974 and 1 April 1977 there was only a period of two months, from 1 January 1975, when a Residential and Day Care Officer (RDCO) at HQ had specific responsibility for the community homes. Furthermore, the Principal Officer (Residential Services) resigned on 30 April 1976 and the Assistant Director (Residential
Services) retired on 31 August 1976. (f) A round table conference to discuss rota difficulties did not take place because of the Assistant Director’s failure to take action, despite repeated requests by the Principal Officer (g) In February 1977 the Area Officer, Janet Handley, was requested by the Director of Social Services Emlyn Evans to Chair a working party to investigate the assessment process at Little Acton but she was too busy to do so. (h) From 1 April 1977 the responsibility for Little Acton and 26 other residential and day care establishments in the Wrexham area was delegated to the Area Officer, the busy Janet Handley. On that date only one out of three required RDCOs was in post and she was soon absent for two and a half months because of illness. The third officer, with specific responsibility for children’s establishments, Hannah Taylor, did not take up her appointment until 1 September 1977. (i) Neither Busy Janet nor any of the newly appointed RDCOs (Residential and Day Care Officers) had any previous experience of managing residential establishments. (j) Busy Janet wasn’t too busy to note that the RDCOs who had never managed residential establishments were sufficiently experienced to write reports on their visits to establishments that could be seen by Officers In Charge without a breakdown in their relationship.
There was considerable staff unrest at Little Acton because of their dissatisfaction with proposals by Clwyd’s Social Services Committee for the closure and redesignation of some of the children’s establishments in the Wrexham area. There had been a deterioration in staff relations prior to this, reflected in complaints by Matron, a Senior Houseparent (not Wilson) and the senior teacher re their difficulties with Carl Evans. Despite this, no official staff meeting had been held in 1977.
Valerie Halliwell had worked as a housemother at Chevet Hey for just over a year before taking up a similar post at Little Acton on 4 December 1973; she was appointed Matron from 1 March 1975. Both Bird and Evans became suspicious of Matron Valerie’s activities by Christmas 1976 and began to carry out spot checks. Bird made a report to the Director of Social Services, Emlyn Evans, on 3 June 1977 and the matter was reported to the police. On 2 December 1977 Halliwell pleaded guilty at Wrexham Maelor Magistrates’ Court to offences of theft, obtaining money by deception and falsification of records. she was fined £80.00. Halliwell resigned with effect from 9 December 1977, having been absent on sick leave almost continuously from 21 March 1977 and suspended without pay from 15 November 1977.
The prosecution of Senior House parent Leslie Wilson resulted from a report initially by Matt Arnold (Head of Bryn Estyn) to Peter Bird in a letter dated 27 May 1977. Wilson had been appointed a housefather at Little Acton on 1 August 1974 and then a Senior Housefather from 19 April 1976. He was Secretary of the Clwyd Residential Care Association. Matt Arnold had become concerned that Wilson was visiting a boy at Bryn Estyn who had previously been at Little Acton, December 1976-April 1977. The visits were upsetting the boy and Arnold asked Bird for his confidential opinion as to whether Wilson was a suitable person to continue these visits.
According to Bird’s subsequent statements to the police, Bird warned Wilson to leave the boy alone, but a month later the boy absconded from Bryn Estyn and was found on 5 July 1977 in Wilson’s staff flat at Little Acton. Bird and Evans returned the boy to Bryn Estyn and three days later Wilson confessed to two members of staff that he had “slept” with the boy. The matter was reported to Assistant Director of Clwyd Social Services Geoffrey Wyatt, who contacted the police. Wilson meanwhile had left Little Acton, pleading sickness, never to return.
Leslie Wilson was suspended without pay from 15 July 1977 and was charged with buggery a month later. Wilson pleaded guilty on 22 December 1977 in Chester Crown Court to indecent assault, gross indecency and attempted buggery. He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment and dismissed by Clwyd County Council on 28 February 1978.
There was continuous friction between Peter Bird and Carl Evans from the date of Evans’s appointment as Deputy Officer In Charge onwards. Complaints made about the aggro to the RDCO at the time (Veronica Pares, she’ll have been one of the residential centre managers who didn’t have any experience of managing residential centres and who Busy Janet reckoned was no bloody good) resulted in a staff meeting on 23 November 1976, arranged by Geoffrey Wyatt and Hopeless Veronica. This resulted in agreed policy decisions, but each decision was subsequently broken or ignored by Evans and many of the staff felt seriously undermined.
Allegations against Carl Evans by the staff were that he had given children alcohol, sent staff off duty when they were rostered to be on duty and nevertheless authorised payment to them, put “staff and children’s heads down the toilet” and flushed it, and had physical contact with adolescent girls in care ‘exceeding the staff’s own self imposed limit’. So there must have been a great deal of physical contact… It was said that Evans had encouraged girls to sit on his lap and had also encouraged other male members of staff to do this. Reference was made to alleged specific incidents on 21 and 22 December 1977. It was also alleged that Carl Evans spent far too much time “counselling” girls.
The ‘service’ provided by Little Acton was supposed to include a psychiatric assessment of the kids and their families.
Clwyd’s investigating team did not interview Evans because Evans was under investigation by the police until 20 March 1978 and the Clwyd investigating team completed their interviews at Little Acton four days earlier. The Clwyd team didn’t reconvene to interview Evans after 20 March 1977.
The Waterhouse panel saw a typed but unsigned ten page statement headed in handwriting “Written by Carl Evans”, annexed to the Clwyd team’s report, Carl’s alleged contribution stating that it was for the information of the Director of Social Services. The statement contained many allegations against Mr and Mrs Bird and other members of staff at Little Acton. Evans denied the allegations against him and said: “When the auditors were investigating the Matron episode they told me that due to the mismanagement by Mr Bird a full inquiry into the running of the Centre would be held. I made the fatal mistake then of discussing this with a member of staff whom I felt I could trust and I said I would tell the inquiry the true facts of Mr Bird’s pathetic show in running the establishment. Shortly after this that information was passed to Mr Bird and I would suggest from then he and his close associates were out to `sink’ me at any price.”
Clwyd’s investigating team provided a damning indictment of Evans as Deputy Officer In Charge and this led to disciplinary proceedings against Evans on the basis of 17 allegations set out in letters dated 18 April and 16 and 29 June 1978. The hearing took place eventually on 3 October 1978 before the Director of Clwyd Social Services, Emlyn Evans and the Director of Administration and Legal Services, E R Ll Davies. Carl Evans was legally represented and admitted four allegations: failure to keep records over the Christmas period, failure to comply with the policies and procedures laid down by the County Council, making unauthorised fieldwork visits to an adolescent girl in care and supporting that girl’s application for housing without notifying the Officer In Charge of his (Carl Evans’) actions and involvement. No evidence was put forward re the 13 other allegations, which were dismissed.
A formal written warning was issued to Carl Evans in respect of the matters admitted by him and it was agreed that it would be inappropriate for Evans to return to Little Acton.
Carl Evans was seconded to Clwyd Voluntary Services at Ruthin, 9 October 1978-30 April 1979. Evans then took up an appointment as Deputy Superintendent of an assessment centre in Islington. The London Borough of Islington sought a reference from Clwyd County Council in respect of Evans’ application for this appointment, which was supplied by the Director of Social Services, Emlyn Evans, by letter dated 21 March 1979. In that letter the only hint about the recent disciplinary proceedings was contained in the following paragraph: “From time to time he chaired case conferences and staff meetings and he was responsible for the semi-secure unit which accommodated difficult adolescent girls. Mr Evans’ enthusiasm and close involved relationship with children resulted in an overdependency developing with children which led to some conflict with his employing authority which, as you are aware, is not conducive for the management of an assessment centre and made it difficult for other staff to establish their own role with children.”
References in similar terms were supplied to four other local authorities by Emlyn Evans between January and April 1979 in connection with applications by Carl Evans for senior posts in residential care, although the last of these did add: “Mr Evans holds strong convictions regarding child care standards and the assessment processes and he will contend for these views to prevail. The philosophy of the unit would have to accord with his views or this could lead to conflict with the Management Team.”
There were originally 17 allegations against Carl Evans, some of them amounting to gross misconduct if proved and it was envisaged that “20 or 30” witnesses would be called. The report of the investigating team indicated that there was compelling evidence to support its findings. The result of the ‘agreement between the parties’ was that 13 allegations against Carl Evans were dismissed without being tested and the four allegations that were admitted were dealt with by a written warning only, despite the fact that one of them, the failure to comply with Clwyd County Council policies and procedures, was described in the formal note of the proceedings as “the main one”.
Waterhouse’s conclusion was that this agreement was made on behalf of Clwyd County Council ‘without paying proper regard to their overall duty to safeguard children generally’. The transcript of the disciplinary proceedings ‘discloses that part of the overall agreement was that Evans would resign from the Council’s employ by 30 June 1979 and that he undertook to attend, meanwhile, a training course in London beginning on 15 January 1979. This was a six month course at the Tavistock Centre on management and social planning, which Evans did apparently attend, at least until he secured his appointment at Islington’. The references supplied for Carl Evans between January and April 1979 were ‘intended to facilitate his departure’.
Geoffrey Wyatt was the person who actually wrote Evans’s references. Waterhouse noted that the recipient Councils were not given an accurate picture of Carl Evans’s short record of service at Little Acton and that ‘they were misled’.
While it is true that the references for Carl Evans provided by Emlyn Evans aka Geoffrey Wyatt were highly misleading, Islington Borough Council and numerous other local authorities knew Clwyd County Council very well indeed by 1979. The molesting Franciscan Friar Michael Taylor had worked at an Islington establishment before being employed by Clwyd, and Islington, as well as many other Local Authorities, including London ones, were sending hundreds of kids ‘on placement’ to children’s homes in north Wales and paying through the nose to do this.
Furthermore, Carl Evans had been accepted on and completed a course at that centre of excellence re human relations and troubled people including youngsters, the Tavi. Didn’t they notice anything amiss with Carl who clashed with everyone, pissed everyone off all of the time and couldn’t restrain himself in the presence of adolescent girls?
Dafydd and Gwynne’s mates had long had their feet under the Tavi’s generous table. See previous posts…
Were Ronnie’s comments re Islington Council having been misled perhaps taking the pressure off of the molesters of Islington by putting the boot into Emlyn Evans/Geoffrey Wyatt? Ronnie was a spineless and shameless toady to the powerful and the Islington ring was every bit as criminal as the north Wales/Cheshire ring, the two rings were linked, but there were far more influential people who needed protecting who were concealing the Islington ring.
The findings of Clwyd’s investigating team in respect of Peter Bird were also highly critical. It was noted that: (a) The centre gave the impression that it was run primarily for the convenience of staff rather than to provide good child care and genuine assessment. (b) Emphasis on outings to commercial leisure facilities made it easy for staff to control children and reduced their personal involvement with the children. (c) Bird only reported incidents once it was inevitable that they would become general knowledge. (d) Most of the staff were untrained, yet there was no discussion of problems to enable the staff to learn from them. (e) The staff had either no knowledge, or only the haziest notion, of the Community Homes Regulations, County Council policy on corporal punishment and the County’s legal responsibilities for children in care in residential establishments. (f) Staff sought the easy way to keep children occupied eg. by watching TV; (g) The process of assessment required closer investigation by the Principal Social Worker (Children) (Ramsay) having regard to 16 matters of concern, including: (i) Only 5% of the content of the assessment dossier presented to Case Conferences contained information not known to the Department when the child was admitted for assessment. (ii) The majority of assessment reports were compiled by unqualified staff with little or no discussion with senior qualified staff. (iii) No attempt appeared to have been made to arrange for psychiatric assessment of the child and the family at the assessment centre.
Peter Bird was informed in a letter dated 18 April 1978 from the Director of Administration and Legal Services that there were 19 matters that the author of the letter and the Director of Social Services, Emlyn Evans, wished to discuss with Bird on 20 April 1978 and that these matters might result in disciplinary proceedings against him. Bird attended the meeting with John Cooke, the NALGO branch organiser and was suspended on full pay from that date. Proceedings were concluded on the basis that Bird admitted eight of the allegations and that the other 11 were dismissed. These admissions related to administrative matters. Bird received a written warning dated 3 October 1978. It was agreed that Bird should not return to Little Acton Assessment Centre nor take any post with Clwyd County Council involving financial administration. He was transferred, with effect from 9 October 1978, to Marchwiel Adult Training Centre as a craft instructor at a protected salary and Bird was still employed by Wrexham County Borough Council when Ronnie Waterhouse wrote his Report.
Things didn’t improve much at Little Acton after 1978. Bird’s successor as Superintendent of Little Acton Assessment Centre was Michael Barnes, who had been at Bersham Hall from September 1972 and was asked to take over at Little Acton from 21 April 1978 in the ‘difficult circumstances’ surrounding Bird’s suspension. Barnes was initially Acting Officer In Charge at Little Acton until 31 December 1978, whilst remaining Officer In Charge of Bersham Hall. From 1 January 1979, Barnes became Officer In Charge of Little Acton and gave up his Bersham Hall responsibility.
Barnes too had begun work in residential care at an approved school, at the age of 19 years in 1967, when he was appointed a houseparent. Barnes was 24 years old when he went to Bersham Hall, having served at a reception centre and then a school for maladjusted children after the approved school. Barnes had obtained the CRCCYP at Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1972, together with the college’s diploma in residential social work. When Little Acton closed in May 1980 Barnes returned to Bersham Hall as Centre Manager for seven years, interrupted by his two year course at Keele University for the CQSW, which Barnes gained with a commendation in 1984. Then Barnes became Officer In Charge at Chevet Hey…
Carl Evans’ successor as Deputy Superintendent at Little Acton Assessment Centre was Christopher Thomas, Barnes’s colleague from Bersham Hall. Thomas was three years younger than Michael Barnes and had intended to become a teacher, attending Bangor Normal College, 1970-72, but had then changed direction to social work. Thomas was employed as a medical emergency driver and then as a trainee residential social worker at Ealing before becoming a supervisor at Bersham Hall in September 1974.
So questions should be asked of Ealing and who was calling the shots there in 1973.
Thomas progressed to Acting Deputy Superintendent at Little Acton in April 1978, having obtained the CRCCYP at Salford College of Technology in December 1976. Thomas was Deputy at Little Acton from 1 February 1979 until it closed on 21 May 1980. Like Barnes, Thomas then returned to Bersham Hall, becoming Deputy Officer In Charge and then Centre Manager from 1 January 1988 to 22 March 1994, when he resigned. Thomas had been Acting Officer In Charge of Bersham Hall, 1 October 1982-31 July 1984, whilst Barnes was at Keele University.
The Waterhouse Report states that the Inquiry did not receive ‘any evidence of alleged abuse by Michael Barnes…or by Christopher Thomas…when they were respectively employed at Little Acton.’ Having said that, in true Ronnie Waterhouse style, Ronnie adds re Barnes that ‘there were six complainants at one time or another…It must be said also that at least two of these complainants were not at Little Acton during the period when Barnes was there.’
But documentation was forged and erroneous information was deliberately recorded in order to obstruct complaints and deny assaults…
Ronnie smelt a rat though: ‘Having regard to the findings of the investigation team in 1978, it is perhaps surprising that we have not received more complaints than we have about the earlier “Bird” period from 1974 to early 1978. Our estimate is that there were about 275 admissions to Little Acton [275 kids passing through this hell-hole, where were those kids coming from?] during that period but we are aware of only 15 [‘only’ 15] residents who have made complaints against members of the staff and four of them were unable or unwilling to identify the member of staff concerned [why ever might that have been?]. The complaints by the other 11 involved only seven [‘only’ seven??] members of the staff and we received evidence from nine of these complainants… However, there were 13 care staff in post in December 1975 and three teachers in addition to a full complement of nine domestic staff and there were frequent staff changes thereafter. It follows that complaints have been made against only a small proportion of the total number of staff employed at Little Acton from time to time.’
Not too much for Ronnie to worry about there then.
Even in the case of Leslie Wilson, the Senior Houseparent who was jailed for serious sex offences, Ronnie looks on the bright side: ‘The only other allegation against him before us was made by a witness whose evidence was read because she is currently undergoing psychiatric treatment, allegedly because of her experiences at Little Acton in the summer of 1977. [I won’t even begin to suggest the various ways in which these events may be interpreted] Her allegation was that Leslie Wilson actively condoned the actions of two fellow girl residents who ill-treated her when she returned after absconding. Wilson told her that she was going to get what she deserved and that there would be no point in complaining to the Officer-In-Charge; she was then dragged by the two girls to a bathroom, where she was forced to sit in cold water in her clothes, and subsequently had her shoulder length hair cut by the same girls in the presence of Wilson, who laughed. This last witness alleged also that she had been raped by another named member of the staff at Little Acton with the result that she had to have an abortion in a South Wales hospital later. This allegation was apparently first made 19 years later in a psychiatric unit but the police have been able to find a record of the abortion which was carried out at East Glamorgan Hospital on 29 December 1977. The medical evidence suggests that the conception occurred after the witness left Little Acton in August 1977 and it is to be noted that the witness made a statement for the North Wales Police in August 1992 to the effect that she had not been physically or sexually abused by any member of the staff at Little Acton. In these circumstances it is clear that this witness has not substantiated her allegations of rape satisfactorily and her evidence about other matters has to be approached with caution.’
Christ Almighty, what had to happen to people – indeed CHILDREN IN CARE – before there were admissions that a gang of sex offenders was running riot in north Wales?
Ronnie’s doesn’t believe all that nonsense about a rape committed by a NAMED member of staff in north Wales, although East Glamorgan Hospital fessed up to performing the abortion – what was a girl in care in north Wales doing having an abortion in East Glamorgan Hospital??? – but he is ever vigilant: ‘We have received persuasive evidence from other witnesses, however, that bullying by residents was rife at Little Acton and that staff turned a blind eye to it. We accept, therefore, that bullying by residents was condoned by staff far too often, although it would be inappropriate to single out Leslie Wilson for blame in this respect.’
But as Leslie went down for a serious sexual assault on a kid in care, it doesn’t matter whether he’s singled out for condoning bullying by the other kids or not really.
Re Peter Bird, three former residents spoke to Ronnie, alleging physical assault by Bird. One was a ten year old boy at the time, in 1974/75, who spent a lot of time in the “lock-up” because he kept running away. On one occasion after he had tried to “sneak out” of the unit, Bird ‘behaved like a lunatic’ and ‘slapped him across the face and all over the room’. The other two complainants were girls who were both 14 years old when they were at Little Acton, the first in the Spring of 1976 and the second in Spring 1978. The former had run upstairs to the bathroom for a smoke; Bird threw her into the bath and she cracked her head and suffered bruising. The other girl was lifted her by her hair by Bird, with the result that her head ‘was tender’ for a week and, at least twice, he flung himself against a door as she was going through a doorway after an argument, ‘causing painful bruises’.
Bird denied these allegations and said that the semi-secure unit was only used for disciplinary purposes on three or four occasions: it was normally occupied by girls (who were mainly from South Wales) and a resident would not be locked in her room.
Ronnie states that he believed the allegations. I’m intrigued by the heavy traffic in girls from south Wales to Little Acton who were then violently assaulted there, or became pregnant after Lying About Being Raped before being shunted back down to south Wales to have abortions in East Glamorgan Hospital (in Pontypridd), although Ronnie didn’t venture to speculate.
The Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff was responsible for upholding standards of care and training re Top Docs and NHS establishments across Wales. With regard to psychiatry, the remit was that of Professor Kenneth Rawnsley, who in 1966 was appointed to the Chair of Psychological Medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine, having relocated after working at Manchester with the Top Docs who were facilitating the ring there, colluding with Dafydd and Gwynne in the process. Rawnsley remained in the Chair at Cardiff for decades, until the 1980s and willingly testified throughout that time that standards of care at Denbigh were so good that the institution was suitable for Training NHS staff, Rawnsley going back to the 1950s with Gwynne and Dafydd…Rawnsley concealed abuse across the whole of Wales, including the havoc caused by the Westminster molester George Thomas. See ‘The Discovery Of A Whole New Galaxy…’
Rawnsley’s wife Dr Elinor Kapp was a child psychiatrist who practiced in Gwent and Powys. Elinor Kapp was involved with one of George Thomas’s medical charidees from its very establishment and is still a Trustee, although the charidee has changed its name now. Elinor is an Expert in Child Sexual Abuse and Safeguarding, as discussed in previous posts.
Tony Francis trained as a Top Doc in Cardiff, studied with Kenneth Rawnsley and then worked as a junior doc under him.
The Welsh National School of Medicine had been facilitating organised abuse for years before Kenneth Rawnsley arrived there in 1966, but Rawnsley was just one of a number of Top Docs and senior academics who were recruited by the Welsh National School of Medicine during the latter half of the 1960s and the 1970s from outside of Wales who were undoubtedly Big Hitters who had gone to Cardiff to provide extra scaffolding for those in Wales facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring, in particular Dafydd and Gwynne. See post ‘ ‘.
The Welsh National School of Medicine acquired iron cladding when Sir Clement Price Thomas CHECK accepted senior roles there, Sir Clement Price Thomas having become famous as the Royal Doctor who operated on George VI. Poor old George VI was never right again after Clement performed his life-saving operation of the Royal Lung and died a few months later, but the PR from Clement and his colleagues was sufficient to overcome that minor hitch. See post ‘Successful Surgery On King George VI!’
With regard to girls from south Wales being transported to Little Acton and nipping back down there again for abortions, East Glamorgan Hospital is in Pontypridd, which was the hub of the activities of molesting drama teacher and Writer Of Welsh Children’s TV Programmes, NAME. NAME abused kids in the Ponty area where he taught as well as elsewhere for years before he was charged. NAME was found dead on DATE days before his trial was due to open. ‘Suicide’. It might have been, but NAME knew a great many other people who were abusing kids and was a witness to many things.
Before he died, there was a great deal of How Very Dare You re those who had complained about NAME but after his death, his colleagues, friends and even his partner admitted that they had known that he was molesting young people. It was also revealed that Mid-Glamorgan County Council and Education Authority had concealed NAMES crimes as long ago as the 1980s when Ron ‘I was looking for badgers’ Davies was working as an adviser for that Education Authority, before Ron had become an MP and Miranda’s Secretary of State for Wales, as had the WJEC exam board and many others.
Never mind, there was a good turnout at NAMES funeral, Menna Richards, BBC big wig, was among the celebs who paid their respects. One of NAMES colleagues at NAME OF SCHOOL was Huw Bunford SPELL, who found fame and fortune playing in WHICH ROCK BAND.
See post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’ for the rather sad story of NAME.
Ronnie Waterhouse heard ‘perturbing complaints’ about Huw Meurig Jones. (Dafydd was ‘perturbed’ by me.) One former boy resident alleged that he had been slapped across the face by Peter Bird and claimed also that a member of the staff called “Hugh” had made advances to him immediately after the Bird incident, when he was in “the secure unit” sitting on his bed. “Hugh” had kissed him on the neck and “tried to have sex” with him after removing his pyjamas. Hugh had not succeeded but afterwards he had bathed the witness for no apparent reason. On another occasion Hugh had driven the witness home and had tried to make the witness masturbate him in the car outside the house, threatening the boy that he would not go home again if he told anyone. The witness had not mentioned these allegations to the police in 1992 because he had not wanted to get involved.
Another witness, who was at Little Acton about a year later described Jones as a “pure faggot” who used to walk around the units blowing kisses and nipping backsides. He said that Jones had frequented a cafe and public lavatories in King Street, Wrexham, “hanging around with all the kids” after the witness had left care.
Luckily Huw Meurig Jones had a barrister to act for him at the Waterhouse Inquiry! I don’t expect that Huw paid for that barrister himself though. Counsel on behalf of Jones questioned the identification of him by the first of these witnesses because (a) he thought that “Hugh” was about 40 years old and (b) Jones was known as “Hughie/Huwie” or “Mr Jones” and not as “Hugh/Huw”.
Ronnie saw through that one; there wasn’t any other member of the staff called Hugh/Huw at the time and he was satisfied that the witness was referring to Huw Meurig Jones, who was in charge of the semi-secure unit in his capacity as Deputy Superintendent. Blowing kisses and pinching boys’ bums as he went about his duties.
A female witness made a complaint about Jones, whom she referred to as the Deputy Superintendent. She was 14 years old when she was in Jones’s care, January to April 1996. She knew Jones as “Hughie” and she had discussed with him and another male member of the staff her concerns that she might be pregnant as a result of sex with boys in the open unit in which she was then housed. She was therefore transferred to the semi-secure unit, occupied by girls only. She stated that, after she had absconded with another girl and they had been returned to Little Acton by the police, they were taken into an office by Jones with another man and Jones shouted that they would pay for what they had done. Jones pushed her against a large central heating pipe and punched her heavily in the stomach. The other girl was taken down by the two men to the recreation room and was seen by the witness the following day to have “one or two black eyes” and bruises.
Huw Meurig Jones denied these allegations at the Inquiry. Ronnie stressed that the only allegation of physical abuse made against Huw of which the Waterhouse panel were aware was the allegation described above; Ronnie was unable to make any ‘confident finding’ about it after all this time ‘in the absence of any corroboration’.
That’s why everyone refused to hold any sort of Inquiry into the abuse of kids in care in north Wales for so long Ronnie… The psych services used the same tactic. Complaints went ignored and uninvestigated for literally years and Empowered Service Users would then be finally told that nothing can be done after this ‘distance of time’. It’s why my medical records were unlawfully withheld from me for 25 years; Top Docs could have gone to prison along with lawyers, judges, policemen and social workers and then where would we have been?
Ronnie might not have been able to say much about teenaged girls in care being beaten black and blue by two adult men, but he notes that the ‘perturbing aspect of Jones’ case’ is the history of sexual complaints against him in the period of his employment in residential care and then as a social worker in Clwyd. Jones was first suspended on 19 December 1980 in connection with sexual allegations made by two former Bryn Estyn residents (one of whom was dead by the Waterhouse Inquiry); Jones was suspended for a second time on 12 June 1981 in connection with a police investigation of sexual complaints by another former Bryn Estyn resident. Files were submitted to the DPP re some complaints, but no prosecutions were mounted.
DPP in 1981 – Thomas aka Tony Hetherington?? Check
In response to another complaint re Huw Meurig Jones, a finding of not guilty was recorded in the Wrexham Magistrates’ Court. A further complaint of sexual abuse by Jones was made to Ronnie and his panel of Inquiry by a fourth former Bryn Estyn resident. Jones was interviewed very extensively by police in the course of the major police investigation in 1992 about at least one further sexual complaint.
Ronnie stated that he couldn’t make findings in relation to police investigations when he had not heard the evidence and that it would be not be justifiable to make adverse findings against Jones on the two sexual complaints that were made to Ronnie, coupled with the more general evidence of a third witness. These complaints ‘were made about 20 years after the event and there is no corroboration in law of either of them’.
‘Mind How You Go Huwie!’
Nevertheless, Ronnie studied the full record of Jones’ interviews with the police in 1992 and heard Jones’s own evidence and concluded that he was not a suitable person to be employed in residential or social work involving children. Ronnie concluded this ‘having regard to [Jones’s] admissions about his own sexual orientation, his associations, particularly during the period when he was at Cartrefle College and later when taking a “skills course”, and his activities generally outside working hours.’
Never mind the extreme physical violence and the sexual assaults, Huw’s a poof!!
I’d love to know what Huw got up to when he was at Cartrefle College…
Ronnie felt obliged to ‘face this issue’ that was Huw, because, despite his resignation in July 1981, kisses-blowing boys’-bum-pinching Huw ‘was subsequently involved in residential care work, although he was not given any helpful reference by Clwyd County Council. He was unemployed for substantial periods following his resignation but he did serve briefly as Deputy Officer In Charge of a private holiday home in Talacre and then for some months as senior care officer at Clwyd Hall School.’
What sort of ‘private holiday home’ employs a Deputy Officer In Charge, particularly one with Huw’s track record?
Clwyd Hall School was located at Llanychan, near Ruthin and there were a few problems there. Noel Ryan, who was 66 years old when he was sentenced (I’ll discuss what Noel was sentenced for shortly), was employed at Clwyd Hall School as a houseparent from about 1968 until he resigned in 1981, occupying a bedsitting room above the staff room at the top of the main building.
Ronnie had just a little to say about Noel Ryan in the Waterhouse Report. Noel Ryan: ‘was not called to give evidence to the Tribunal and we have not seen any staff file relating to him so that we know little of his background. It appears from what was said on his behalf at his trial that he was “untrained, unskilled and untutored” when he went to Clwyd Hall School at the age of 37 years: he was a naive individual, who himself had been the victim of abuse as a child, and he had no other sexual experience.
We are aware of 13 former residents of Clwyd Hall School, all male, who have complained of abuse whilst they were there and all 13 of them named Noel Ryan as an abuser. Of these complainants, 12 alleged serious sexual abuse by Ryan and not less than four alleged physical abuse.
It was neither appropriate nor necessary for the Tribunal to investigate these allegations fully because they were being investigated by the North Wales Police concurrently.
In the event Ryan appeared before the Crown Court at Chester on 4 July 1997, during the Tribunal’s sittings, when he pleaded guilty to 14 of 22 counts alleging sexual offences against ten male residents of Clwyd Hall School under the age of 16 years committed between 1 January 1970 and 30 June 1981 (three offences of buggery, one attempted buggery and ten indecent assaults). Ryan asked the Court to take into consideration also when sentencing him seven similar (specimen) offences of indecent assault committed within the same period, which he admitted. Thus, he confessed to serious offences against a total of 17 boys over a period of about ten years.
His Honour Judge Morgan Hughes then sentenced Ryan to a total of 12 years’ imprisonment and ordered that the eight counts to which he had pleaded not guilty should lie on the Court file on the usual terms
The Judge ordered also that Ryan should register with his local police within 14 days of his release in accordance with the new requirements of the Sex Offenders Act 1997.
Apart from Ryan, only four other members of the staff were named in complaints by former residents and none were named by more than two complainants. The only staff member other than Ryan alleged to have committed sexual abuse was the worker referred to by witness C.
The Tribunal did not receive any complaints against Richard Francis Groome but his activities were being investigated at the time of our hearings. He was then awaiting trial for various alleged sexual offences against boys, and four of the alleged victims named in the indictment were resident at Clwyd Hall School when the alleged offences occurred.’
Ronnie could have mentioned that Richard Francis Groome was Head of Care and Principal at Clwyd Hall School between Nov 1982 and July 1984 and was committed for trial on charges of sexual offences against boys, some of which related to boys formerly at Clwyd Hall School as well as at Tanllwfan DETAILS, of which Groome was Officer In Charge, DATES.
OUTCOME RE GROOME??
Ronnie noted that after working as Senior Care Officer at Clwyd Hall School, Huw Meurig Jones ‘was Head of Care for about two years at a private school in Powys until it closed down. Since then Jones has been employed in quite different work in the London area but he did apply unsuccessfully for an appointment as Officer In Charge of Chevet Hey Children’s Centre in November 1986 when he was still employed at the private school in Powys’.
They did anything they wanted and were never removed from circulation.
Now for some real fun, detailed allegations re Carl Evans. It was alleged that Carl had spent the whole evening at a Christmas party in 1977 dancing closely with one girl. That girl subsequently made an allegation on 8 January 1978 that Evans had had sexual intercourse with her at Little Acton during the Christmas period. When interviewed by two members of the staff on 9 January 1978 the girl wrote a letter withdrawing the complaint but later in the afternoon she told a member of the staff that the complaint was true and it was referred to the police. This was the police investigation that led to Evans’ suspension from duty from 13 January 1978.
On 20 March 1978 the Chief Superintendent of the North Wales Police wrote to the Director of Social Services informing him that the DPP had advised that no Court action should be taken but Evans’ suspension continued to 9 October 1978 during and after the inquiry by the Clwyd Social Services investigating team.
DPP WAS Tony Hetherington
The Clwyd investigating team did formulate charges against Carl Evans in respect of this girl, but no evidence in support of these charges was put forward at the disciplinary hearing and they were dismissed. The girl repeated her allegations against Evans in the course of the police investigation in 1992 and renewed them to Ronnie’s Inquiry in a written statement. Carl Evans denied the allegations when he gave evidence to the Waterhouse Inquiry.
According to Ronnie: ‘There was some evidence, not now available, to suggest that [the girl] had been infatuated with Evans at the relevant time and two love letters that she had written to him were found in her room. Moreover, she was unwilling to give oral evidence to the Tribunal because of her present domestic responsibilities. There is no basis, therefore, on which we could properly find that her complaint to the Tribunal has been proved.’
Ronnie love, she was a schoolgirl, Carl Evans was an adult and supposed to be looking after her. It’s called ‘taking advantage’ and the girl as an adult, giving evidence to your lame Inquiry, obviously understood that, even if you didn’t. That is if the ‘two love letters’ had ever existed – the evidence was for some reason ‘not available’ to Ronnie at the Inquiry…
Ronnie came down hard on Carl nevertheless: ‘We must, however, record our view that Carl Evans was very unsuitable for the responsibilities that he undertook as Deputy Superintendent of Little Acton Assessment Centre. His conduct in relation to other staff and discipline generally, coupled with his behaviour towards resident adolescent girls, demonstrated that he was temperamentally unfitted for the work; and he had no relevant experience in dealing with adolescent girls. He showed an alarming lack of judgment in many areas, most notably, by placing himself in a highly vulnerable position and it is not at all surprising that he became the target of allegations.’
I think that Ronnie must have been trained by Dafydd and Robert Bluglass.
Only two other staff at Little Acton were the subject of allegations to the Waterhouse Inquiry, both of physical rather than sexual abuse. One former girl resident described Little Acton as a “tense, pretty violent place” and alleged that a male member of the care staff flew into a temper and assaulted her after she had spilt milk at breakfast; a general description of him was “aggressive but friendly” and “quite teasing, provocative, tormenting”. The other complainant, male, alleged that a woman houseparent, in the presence of Bird, ‘dragged him into the bathroom, swearing at him, and then pulled his hair, forcing him to the ground, whilst she slapped his face’. All alleged perpetrators denied these assaults and Ronnie and his panel ‘have no satisfactory means of testing where the truth lies at this late stage. In any event we do not think that it would be appropriate, in general, to make findings against individual members of staff in respect of isolated complaints of this kind.’
Ronnie did conclude that overall, Little Acton Assessment Centre didn’t look after the kids that well really.
The Everyday Story of Cherry Hill and Upper Downing Folk is also worth blogging about in terms of the never ending tales of the bizarre horror that was life in the north Wales children’s homes, witnessed by worried outsiders whose concerns were ignored, but I shall return to that in a future post. Top Docs were even more culpable in some of the events re those homes and I need more capacity than there is in this post to detail matters.
I have only provided a flavour here but it is clear from even Waterhouse’s sanitised account that there was a massive problem in the children’s social services right across Clwyd, so severe that it was nonsense to suggest that it wasn’t widely known. The worst offenders circulated between homes, behaving as they always did, so numerous different members of staff experienced them and witnessed the brutality and neglect. A consistent theme was that while only a limited number of staff – including the infamous Peter Howarth and Stephen Norris – went to jail, staff who witnessed the criminality, ignored it and/or concealed it were systematically promoted. NALGO and NUPE supported those witnesses/offenders who had been in the system for years and were promoted on every occasion when it looked as though they might be in trouble. Those old timers would have known the names and details of the VIPs involved in that ring over years…
For discussion of the staggering idiocy and levels of denial on the part of people holding senior roles in Wales with responsibility for the welfare services as to the enormous problems caused by failing to stop the outrages of these serious criminals who blighted north Wales for decades and seeing the solution as being to promote them to higher office, see eg. ‘The Reality Is, There Is No Problem’.
BASIC INFO RE THOSE AT THE TOP IN CLWYD THROUGHOUT:
further info in earlier posts as well eg. ‘Ain’t Nothing Clean – Not Even The Welsh Calvinistic Methodists’
The Chief Exec of Clwyd County Council, 1974-77, was T.M. Hadyn Rees, a mate of Ronnie Waterhouse’s dad AND of Ronnie. Hadyn was running things when rapists, pure faggots and thieving Matrons were employed in senior positions in the Council’s children’s homes, when the managers of those residential establishments had never managed residential establishments and Busy Janet at HQ knew that they were so crap that their reports would result in a ‘breakdown in relationships’ with the rapists, pure faggots, thieving Matrons etc.
Meet Ronnie Waterhouse’s friend, who also was on excellent terms with William Mars-Jones as a result of their mutual dedication to the Garrick:
Hadyn Rees was born near Swansea and went to Swansea Business College. In 1947 Hadyn Rees was appointed Assistant Solicitor to Caernarvonshire County Council. In 1948 he was appointed to Flintshire County Council in a similar role. LORD K – FLINTSHIRE CC at that time? Hadyn Rees became the County Clerk for Flintshire in 1967 and remained in the role until he was appointed CEO of the newly created Clwyd County Council.
Hadyn Rees was Clerk to the North Wales Police Authority, 1966-77 and sat on Mold Magistrates Bench from 1977, becoming Chairman of the Bench in 1985.
Mind How You Go Hadyn Rees Sir!
Hadyn Rees, like Ioan Bowen Rees, was a big player in local gov’t and well-known outside of Wales. Hadyn Rees was the mover and shaker behind the building of Mold Law Courts, where so many of the Gang’s victims were stitched up, as well as Theatr Clwyd, which drained Clwyd of resources constantly, the periodic cash crises faced by Theatr Clwyd being somehow relieved when the County Council’s coffers were found to be inexplicably empty. Brenda herself attended the opening of Theatr Clwyd in 1976 and it has provided an excellent springboard for children of the Gang to begin their careers in showbiz, including Rhys Ifans as discussed in previous posts. Theatr Clwyd has received substantial input and support from some big names in theatre and was rescued from one disaster by Terry Hands from the Liverpool Playhouse who was mates with NAME Tom. See previous posts eg. ‘Workers Play Time’.
Theatre Clwyd forms part of the County Civic Centre at Mold (Yr Wyddgrug), being immediately adjacent to the Shire Hall (the administrative offices of the former Clwyd County Council, now the offices of Flintshire County Council). Toby Robertson was Theatre Clwyd’s Artistic Director, 1985-92. Sholto David Maurice Robertson (29 November 1928, London-4 July 2012, London), known as Toby Robertson, was the Artistic Director of the Prospect Theatre Company, 1964-78. The son of David Lambert Robertson, a Naval officer and his wife, Felicity Douglas, a playwright, Robertson was educated at Stowe School, – GEORGE MELLY AND PERRY W – CHECK DATES and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Toby Robertson appeared at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1957 in Peter Brook‘s production of The Tempest with John Gielgud (whom he also understudied). The following year Robertson made his professional London debut in Eugene O’Neill‘s The Iceman Cometh, directed by Peter Wood, at the Arts Theatre.
Robertson worked in TV, 1959-63, directing more than 25 new plays, several for ITV’s Armchair Theatre and the BBC’s The Wednesday Play. He also assisted Brook on his 1963 film ‘Lord Of The Flies’. In 1962, Robertson directed Maxim Gorky‘s The Lower Depths for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Robertson became involved as a Director with the Prospect Theatre Company, which was launched at the Oxford Playhouse in 1961. In 1964 Prospect found a permanent base at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge and Robertson became its Artistic Director. It was with Prospect that Ian McKellen made his breakthrough performances at the Edinburgh festival in 1969. McKellen – BRIEFLY HERE – See previous posts.
Derek Jacobi first played Hamlet for Prospect in 1977. Jacobi performed in north Wales at Venue Cymru just before I left Bangor University; he had to cancel performances because he was taken ill. Other actors whose careers were effectively launched or enhanced by Prospect included Prunella Scales, Dorothy Tutin and Timothy West.
Robertson introduced several leading actors, including Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Michael Hordern and Timothy Dalton, to Theatre Clwyd. Robertson was succeeded as Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd by Helena Kaut-Howson, followed by Terry Hands, 1997-2015. Hands’ successor, Tamara Harvey, was appointed in June 2015.
HTV Wales had offices and a studio at the Theatr Clwyd site from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s. A small news operation remained in Mold until the late 1990s but closed when HTV moved its North Wales news operations to Colwyn Bay and Wrexham.
No-one knew what was happening to those kids, never mind the luvvies, the HTV journos on the site of the battery and buggery never suspected a thing.
How Lowe Could They Go?
Hadyn Rees was, among many other things, a member of the Welsh Arts Council, 1968-77.
Hadyn Rees is remembered in north Wales as successfully fighting for certain things in Deeside eg. Deeside Industrial Park, in the face of a hostile Thatcher Gov’t. Hadyn Rees took no crap from Thatch!
Sir Peter Morrison was seen driving away from Bryn Estyn with a boy from Bryn Estyn in the back of his car:
Hadyn Rees married Marion Beer – ??
Mervyn Phillips succeeded Hadyn as Chief Exec and was in post, 1977-92. Mervyn was a lawyer who trained at Liverpool University and was of the same vintage as Dafydd et al and Will Edwards… Mervyn was heavily involved with the Calvinist Methodist Church – that hospice as well
Mervyn had been Hadyn Rees’s Deputy since the creation of Clwyd County Council; before that Mervyn was Hadyn Rees’s Deputy when Hadyn Rees ruled Flintshire County Council (check job titles)
Like Hadyn Rees, Mervyn was Clerk to the North Wales Police Authority
and Secretary of the Welsh Counties Committee.
Mervyn served as CEO of Clwyd County Council until 31 July 1992 when he retired. He was succeeded as CEO by Roger Davies (Edward Roger Llewellyn Davies). Roger, along with Ron Evans from Gwynedd County Council, served as the brains behind getting this lot all out of trouble.
Roger – Oxford (College??) grad, solicitor – 1977 appointed as Director of Legal Services for Clwyd County Council; in 1980 became County Secretary for Clwyd County Council; in 1982 Roger became the Deputy Chief Exec (although he was still referred to as the County Secretary); on 1 Aug 1992 he was appointed CEO, succeeding Mervyn.
Directors of Social Services for Clwyd:
(Joseph) Emlyn Evans, April 1974-31 Jan 1980; (Daniel) Gledwyn Jones was his Deputy throughout. Gledwyn then succeeded Emlyn Evans as Director of Social Services.
Gledwyn Jones was Director of Clwyd Social Services, 1980-15 April 1991. Before the local authority reorganisation that saw the creation of Clwyd County Council in 1974, Gledwyn had previously been the Director of Social Services for Denbighshire County Council, Jan 1971-April 1973; until the creation of Clwyd County Council some months later, Gledwyn was the Director of Social Services for Flintshire County Council.
John Coley was appointed Deputy Director of Clwyd Social Services when Gledwyn became Director in 1980. Coley had been an Assistant Director of Dorset Social Services from 1974. Coley stepped down as Deputy Director of Clwyd Social Services in Feb 1984 and took up the role of Senior Deputy Director of Tayside Regional Council. It was in Feb or very early March 1984 when I first encountered Gwynne. Maurice Macmillan, who swindled my father (as well as a lot of other farmers) in the early 1960s died at the hands of Top Doctors on 10 March 1984. See previous posts.
I’m fairly sure that Gwynne, Wood and Francis didn’t know about Macmillan and my father but the security services did and they knew that I knew. Dear old Dafydd might have been tipped off, he’s completely nuts but the friends of the Gang in High Places seem to have provided Dafydd with more info than the other Top Docs…
|2,903 sq mi (7519 km2)|
|• Preceded by||Dundee Corporation
Perthshire County Council
Kinrosshire County Council
Angus County Council
|• Origin||Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973|
|• Created||15 May 1975|
|• Abolished||31 March 1996|
|• Succeeded by||Dundee City Council
Perth & Kinross
|Government||Tayside Regional Council|
|• Type||Regional council|
|• HQ||Tayside House, Dundee|
|• Units||Angus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross|
Tayside (Taobh Tatha) was one of the nine regions used for local government in Scotland, 15 May 1975-31 March 1996. It was created by the Local Gov’t (Scotland) Act 1973.
John Jevons succeeded Coley as Gledwyn’s Deputy Director after Coley left in Feb 1984. Jevons had previously been an Assistant Director of Clwyd Social Services; his main responsibilities had been Mental Handicap and Mental Health. When Jevons became Deputy Director he retained these responsibilities and increased his input into Mental Health Strategy. Much was made post-Waterhouse of the lack of ‘child care experience’ of so many of the senior managers of Gwynedd and Clwyd Social Services, including Jevons. However they were just so dreadful that I’m not sure that mattered. Jevons had lots of Experience In Mental Illness; he was directly responsible for Gwynne and Dafydd.
Before Jevons was employed by Clwyd County Council, he had spent the previous 10 years as the Social Development Manager for the Milton Keynes Development Corporation.
Les Ebdon! ???
Jevons was appointed Director of Social Services for Clwyd in April 1991 -ME IN THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE AT THE STRAND – 15 months before Mervyn retired and before the police investigation was launched.
Gledwyn was in hospital in 1987 when John Jevons, then Deputy to Gledwyn, discussed William Mars-Jones’s demand for an investigation re how Jacqueline and Gillison were appointed with Mervyn. Mervyn decided that Roger Davies should investigate the matter, hence Roger’s Report… According to the Waterhouse Report: Mervyn Knew Nuzzing, ‘only heard of convictions of staff through the Director of Social Services or County Secretary’ ‘and similarly of the request made by Justice Mars-Jones for an investigation’
Mervyn’s mates were on the bench and in the Courts! as well as in the police and in the local solicitors offices… Mars-J’s sister-in-law high profile in the Methodist Church in Denbighshire – Cc’d into correspondence about me from Clwyd Health Authority in DATES –
Roger – date of his 1991 letter to Chief Constable re ‘fears of a paed ring’??
Lord Kenyon’s son who became the 6th Baron was a member of Wrexham County Borough Council from 1991…
John Jevons – in the immediate aftermath of Jillings Report in 1996, Jevons was appointed Director of Social Services for Cardiff City Council. For details of the fuckwits who thought that this was a good idea, see eg. post ‘The Paedophiles’ Friends Of Cardiff North’.
pics – Julie morgan – s worker in barry, assis dir of barnardos – drakeford – s w on barnardos project – previously drakeford had been s worker in dyfed working with ioan bowen rees’s old pals
Gethin Evans was appointed Director of Social Services for Ceredigion in Aug 1995, an appointment that was only questioned after the Waterhouse Report was published and the enormity of that which Gethin had been at the centre of could not be completely denied. See eg. ‘ ‘.
John Llewellyn Thomas had been employed by Clwyd Social Services in Feb 1984 with responsibility for residential child care and from 1986 with responsibility for all aspects of children’s services. Prior to his time at Clwyd, Thomas had worked at the Regional Planning Unit in Wales and before that he had been a Probation Officer. – Probation Service on board with Gang – in London as well – See post ‘Only One Died’.
In April 1991 John Llewlleyn Thomas left Clwyd and became the Director of Torfaen Social Services.
me – Royal Courts of Justice – April 1991
John Llewellyn Thomas had been a member of the Welsh Office’s working party regarding preparation for the new Children Act; HE RAN THE CHILDREN’S SERVICES IN CLWYD.
From 1987 the MP for Torfaen was Paul Murphy, who had served years as a Torfaen Councillor while his immediate predecessor the Westminster Swinger Leo Abse was the constituency MP. See previous post. Leo Abse and his close mate George Thomas were so high profile that Paul Murphy will not have been ignorant of their activities, particularly as Abse boasted of threatening and bribing people who were witness to George Thomas’s ‘homosexuality’ (in reality child molesting) into silence. Leo also organised the press conference of lies when Thomas ended up in hospital with an STD; the hospital were happy to collude with the lies. See eg. ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’. The NHS, particularly in Cardiff, loved George Thomas, they had a mutually beneficial relationship; in return for them facilitating the ring and keeping schtum about George and his molesting mates, George, when he was Welsh Secretary, raided the NHS budget for Wales as prepared by Crossman’s mate Brian Abel-Smith, diverting so much dosh into the building of the flagship University Hospital Cardiff, that there was no money left to develop services in north and west Wales, as Abel-Smith had wanted. See post ‘The Great Stink’.
George didn’t give a bugger, the Labour vote was in south Wales, the sheep shaggers in the north had Dafydd and Gwynne, what more was needed? The slaves were kept as slaves and any questions about the slavery or criminality on the part of Dafydd and Gwynne was met with a universal demand for Higher Pay For NHS Workers And More Resources!!
Here’s the Assistant Lobotomist (in the middle of the picture) with Nye:
Abse’s two brothers, Dannie and Wilfred, were Top Doctors, part of the ring and mates with Dafydd and Gwynne. See eg. ‘O Jones, O Jones’.
Paul Murphy Receiving the Waterhouse Report from Ronnie in Feb 2000 in Murphy’s capacity as Secretary of State for Wales:
Paul Murphy was delighted to reassure everyone that a thorough, transparent investigation of child abuse in north Wales had now taken place and although there had been problems with a few sheep shaggers, there was no VIP ring that had been concealed at the highest levels eg. the Welsh Office.
Murphy served s Secretary of State for Wales, DATE and for N Ireland, DATES.
This was Murphy’s aide, DATES:
The present MP for Torfaen is Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds.
The present AM for Torfaen is Labour’s Lynne Neagle, a big mate of Sister Hutt. Neagle’s previous career was in the voluntary sector, which in Wales has long been controlled by Sister Hutt and Dafydd. Lynne Neagle is married to former school teacher Huw Lewis – details – John Smith and Donald Dewar – Dewar and Derry scrap over their mutual wife/bedfellow
remember – complaints and saga at Bryn y Neuadd when it was the long-stay hospital for the mentally handicapped – the vegetables, the supporting of the veg in their sexual relationships, the rigged jobs, etc – Gwynne’s brain damaged lobotomised victims went there
Should readers still need convincing of the incestuous appointments system with regard to those who ran the ‘services’ in north Wales, I’ll refresh memories with regard to the movers and shakers in Gwynedd; there was much traffic between Gwynedd and Clwyd in terms of staff as well as children in care and Empowered Services anyway. Until the mid-1980s, all psych in-bed provision for Gwynedd was at the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. The Top Docs and other senior staff in north Wales networked across the whole region and often made decisions with regard to patients/services many miles away from their own patch.
Chief Executives of Gwynedd County Council:
(David) Alun Jones, 1974-80; solicitor, Clerk of Denbighshire County Council, 1961-74
Ioan Bowen Rees, 1980-91; Previously County Secretary of Gwynedd County Council from 1974; – Queen’s College, Oxford graduate; after graduation worked with?? articles with?? the Clerk of Denbighshire County Council, Ioan admitted as a solicitor in March 1956. – JOBS HERE
Huw Vaughan Thomas – 24 April 1991-1996; Huw appointed CEO just as I was starring at the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand – perjury of Tony and Sadie – MDU backed case, solicitor was Anne Ball – Huw = Durham University graduate – worked in Civil Service for Dept of Employment serving two of Thatch’s Ministers of Employment successfully – Huw in Dept of Employment when Peter Morrison was Minister there or just after… Head of Manpower Services Commission employment rehabilitation programme for disabled – moved to Wales in May 1988 as Director of Training Agency, Wales
huw – MSC when Sir Melvyn Rosser was Chairman?/ CEO?? there. the scams at UCNW with the MSC in mid-1980s
Huw’s wife Enid Rowlands – outline – good mates with Dr Peter Higson
Directors of Social Services for Gwynedd:
Thomas Edward (T.E.) Jones, 6 July 1973-Sept 1982. Before the creation of Gwynedd County Council in 1973, T.E. Jones had previously been Director of Social Services for Caernarvonshire, 1971-73. Prior to that, Jones had served as the County Welfare Officer for Caernarvonshire County Council, 1964-71 and before that he was the County Welfare Officer for Merionethshire County Council, April 1952-64.
So T.E. was responsible for the welfare of the victims of Bertrand Russell and his mates throughout most of the 1950s and the first four years of the 1960s, until Dafydd was promoted to the post of consultant. There are fascinating accounts of life in Cwm Croesor and the wider Merionethshire written during those years; there was a great deal of poverty and poor housing and it was that era when people were notoriously ruined if they crossed the path of certain Top Docs and lawyers. Such as Gwynne, Dafydd and Mars-Jones’s/Ronnie Waterhouse’s mates.
T.E. was the stooge and then continued in the role of stooge until he retired. T.E. had no professional qualifications at all, so he was an excellent choice to run the Dept of Social Services for Gwynedd while John Allen, Dafydd and Gwynne vastly expanded their business and children’s homes began popping up all over north Wales. Bertrand Russel had died by then, but his legacy remained as did many of his friends and T.E. had colluded with so much wrongdoing at that point that he couldn’t step off of the treadmill even if he had wanted. T.E. had grown up in Montgomeryshire, an area with which many of the Gang had close links, so he could be held over a barrel in that way as well.
Re TE’s lack of qualifications. Even in the mid-80s I noticed the craven fawning to Top Docs on the part of so many of the Gang, even those at senior management levels. Since researching for the blog I have found people like TE who were completely unqualified yet in the most senior jobs. There were others like Ioan Bowen Rees and Roger Davies who were erudite intelligent Oxbridge-educated people, but the presence of the TEs explains why the mediocre, provincial, bigoted, not very bright Top Docs who littered north Wales were so arrogant and saw themselves as real celebs. They were the people who had received an education grounded in science (even if it was a rather shaky education), while many of their colleagues were utter chumps and completely out of their depth.
I was told by a retired Bangor University lecturer that the same reason underlay the most mediocre of academics in north Wales being hailed as geniuses. There was no competition, those cluttering up UCNW who had been raised in privileged families and often had not even completed a doctorate or work of that standard comprised the local intelligentsia. The real cream were down at Cwm Croesor hanging out with Bertrand Russell and Eric Hobsbawm, planning the revolution while utilising Gwynne and Dafydd’s services.
It was a grim landscape for targets of the Gang; they’d had it, there was no-one who was going to fight their corner. Even the Welsh Speaking Social Worker who was appointed in the late 1960s to Protect The Rights Of Welsh Speakers who were targets of the sex abuse gang led by a Royal Lobotomist was an idea of Dafydd’s and when the Welsh Speaking Social Worker was appointed he turned out to be a friend of Bertrand Russell and his mates. See post ‘Theatre Of The Absurd’.
‘Mind How You Go Earl Russell.’
When I originally wrote this post, I posted up some vintage photos of Earl Russell with some of his Important Friends; they have since disappeared. So I’ve left the text that accompanied the photos, enabling readers to gain an idea of what someone unknown to me does not want readers of this blog to see:
|Person(s) in Photograph: Bertrand Russell, Edith Russell, Ralph Schoenman|
|Description: Bertrand and Edith Russell at Plas Penrhyn with Ralph Schoenman, a young American graduate student and peace activist who became, first, Russell’s private secretary and, later, a director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation.|
|Archive Box Number: 5,9|
|Date: c. 1960|
|Person(s) in Photograph: Bertrand Russell, Albert Schweitzer, unidentified persons|
|Description: This is a photo of Bertrand Russell and, to his left Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace laureate, German theologian, physician, musician, philosopher and humanitarian, whose work for peace Russell greatly admired.|
|Archive Box Number: 4,9|
|Person(s) in Photograph: Z.A. Bhutto, Bertrand Russell, Ralph Schoenman|
|Description: Bertrand Russell and his private secretary Ralph Schoenman with Z. Ali Bhutto, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, whose border dispute with India at this time led Russell to demand that the latter nation be declared an aggressor by the UN.|
|Archive Box Number: 5,19|
|Person(s) in Photograph: Bertrand Russell, Edith Russell, Y.R. Chao|
|Description: In the foreground are Bertrand Russell, Edith Russell and Y.R. Chao, a Chinese-American scholar of distinction who nearly fifty years previously had acted as Russell’s interpreter in China.|
|Archive Box Number: 5,20|
My post ‘I Know Nuzzing…’ discussed in detail the biographies and careers of many who staffed Gwynedd County Council/Social Services and commented on the number of unpleasant events that happened to so many of them. Staff (and their families) were constantly being clobbered by disaster, finding themselves nearly killed in car crashes, or seriously ill or dying. As well as the many people appointed who were not in any way suitable for their roles, more than would be expected were in a state of deep distress or on long-term sick leave.
This day to day life littered with seriously bad events was a comment made by third parties about me, about Brown, about F and so many others who fell foul of the Gang. It was what happened to people who encountered them…
Lynn Ebsworth was Acting Director of Gwynedd Social Services, May 1982-1 Oct 1983. Ebsworth had no experience or training in social services, so that was another appointment that was manna from heaven for Dafydd and Gwynne. Ebsworth had been recruited by Gwynedd County Council from industry in 1973 to act as a management services officer to Ioan Bowen Rees who was then County Secretary and as Chief Personnel Officer for D. Alun Jones, the CEO.
An even bigger piece of manna fell Gwynne and Dafydd’s way when Lucille Hughes, Dafydd’s mistress, was appointed Director of Gwynedd Social Services on 1 Oct 1983 by Ioan Bowen Rees. Lucille remained in post until 31 March 1996; she announced her ‘retirement’ on the day that the Waterhouse Report was published. Lucille had been named by Sir Ronnie as allowing a paedophile ring (but only a local ring comprised of sheep shaggers and cavemen, because there never was a big VIP ring at work) to operate unchecked in Gwynedd County Council’s children’s homes, but Lucille still had it in her to insult the TV journos who asked her if she sort of regretted anything or would be apologising.
The Little Sparrow Lucille was born in approx. 1936, graduated in English from UCNW and then obtained a Certificate in Social Science from Liverpool University and the Home Office Letter of Recognition (Child Care). The Sparrow worked in the Children’s Depts of Caernarvonshire and Anglesey for 13 years and was appointed Deputy Director of Caernarvonshire Social Services in 1971. After Gwynedd County Council was formed in 1973/74, the Sparrow served as Assistant Director of Social Services until 19 Feb 1976, when she became then Principal Assistant Director of Social Services until July 1981, the Sparrow’s principal responsibilities being the elderly and mental health.
Responsible to Gwynedd’s Little Sparrow were a Deputy Director and under them, a number of Assistant Directors.
The Deputy Director of Gwynedd Social Services from 2 April 1984 was (David) Glanville Owen. Glanville grew up in Pwhelli, graduated from Liverpool University and in 1965 after graduation, became a trainee in Children’s Dept of Liverpool Corporation. Glanville gained the Diploma in Social Studies and the Home Office Letter of Recognition (Child Care) from Nottingham University in 1967. Prior to arriving to take up the post with Gwynedd Social Services, Glanville had spent the previous 14 years as a Senior Social Worker with the NCH and then as an Assistant to the Director of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.
After stepping down from the Deputy Director’s role at Gwynedd Social Services, Glanville spent 18 months as Head of the Policy Unit for Gwynedd County Council until Sept 1997. Glanville lied to the Waterhouse Inquiry in 1997, saying that he’d never work again. Shortly after that Glanville was appointed Chief Exec of Gwynedd Community Health Council. In that role Glanville lied to me repeatedly, initially flatly refused to investigate my serious complaints about the local NHS, then launched an investigation after an inordinate length of time, an investigation that took the best part of a year and got nowhere. As ever it was a series of denials, of lies and of people refusing to respond to crucial questions. Neither was Glanville finished when the Gwynedd CHC disappeared. He subsequently turned up on the North Wales/Betsi CHC, in his mid-70s, with two hearing aids, conducting business as usual.
Assistant Directors of Gwynedd Social Services included Rob Evans, the Assistant Director from 1984 for Children’s Services; Rob was then Assistant Director for Mental Health, 1992-31 March 1996. Evans graduated in Social Sciences from Leicester University (think Norbert Elias et al as discussed in post ‘Accidents Happen’) and then completed his CQSW in 1976. Rob was appointed Gwynedd Social Services’ Area Officer for Aberconwy in 1984 and remained in that role for a few months before becoming Assistant Director. By 1984 Rob Evans had over 10 years of experience of social work in Northamptonshire and Dorset. Rob had been Team Manager in Dorset.
Frank Beck of Leicestershire Child Abuse Scandal fame worked as a social worker in Northamptonshire before he excelled in Leicestershire…
When Paddy Ashdown arrived in the West Country in the early 1980s, ‘unemployed’ after his long service with the Royal Marines, Special Boat Service and the intelligence services which culminated in Paddy living it up in Geneva but deciding that what he really wanted to do was move to Somerset and work in casual jobs until he became a Liberal MP, Paddy’s first move was to volunteer as a youth worker for Dorset County Council’s Youth Service. Paddy volunteered with them in 1981. Previous posts have discussed Paddy being a member of the security services who landed in the West Country because of the activities of Mr Thrope and, it would seem, Rob Evans and his colleagues as well…
MI5 did know what was going on, undoubtedly. Even after all this research I cannot understand why they were so hopeless at putting an end to it. They weren’t ALL actively colluding, some of them were on the right side as it were. Paddy Who Knew No Fear is dead. He died just weeks after tweeting his support for the Great Guys In Yeovil Hospital. Well Paddy, if I’d had the sort of cancer that you had, I’d have expected to have lived a little longer, so the Great Guys I suspect did (or didn’t do) a few things that no-one got to hear about amidst the We Love The NHS excess. Rob Evans, the snivelling junior rat of a social worker who was just beginning his career of people trafficking when Paddy landed in Dorset, is (I presume) still with us and probably hasn’t even retired.
Rob will still be busy in north Wales, after his glorious decades-long career of assisting Dafydd and Lucille. MI5, I could have dealt with Rob Evans if you had let me, back in the mid-1990s, but you unlawfully withheld the documentation from me that would have proven what F and I and so many others told people that Rob and the crowd were doing. We didn’t need the documentation ourselves, we knew what they were doing, we were on the receiving end, but because no-one would help us and just told silly bare-faced lies constantly, we could have done with that documentation.
‘We’ve arranged a meeting with Rob Evans to Share Feelings!’
Before Rob met F and me in 1994 to Share Feelings, Rob himself had a private meeting with Keith Fearns, asked Fearns what he wanted ‘done about’ me and was told by Fearns to ‘lock her up’. Fearns repeated the command three times.
LOOK AT THOSE DATES RE ROB’s jobs – FITS IN WITH ME and the MH services exactly. ROB’s mate in Aberconwy Area office – Terence James, who arrived in Denbigh to ‘assess’ me when I was refusing to speak to Dafydd et al… James sectioned me again the day before the trumped up charges against me were dropped – that piece of paper on which I wrote ALL their names which disappeared from my bedside and turned up years later in my medical records – I’d written Terence’s name on it…
In the 1990s when Arfon NHS refused to treat me, they made an out of area referral to – Terence James at Aberconwy! I didn’t recognise his name because they’d nicked my piece of paper from Denbigh – Terence sent a message refusing to see me.. I’d have recognised him if we’d met because he only has one leg… I’d have chopped the other one off for him.
Rob lied to the Waterhouse Inquiry, using the same line as Glanville, ie. he told the Inquiry that he didn’t expect to work again. Once Rob had done his bit in front of Ronnie, Rob was appointed Director of Community Services for Anglesey.
Owain Gethin Evans, described as Lucille’s henchman, was on 30 Sept 1985 appointed Assistant Director (Children); Gethin was de facto Head of Children’s Services in Gwynedd, 1987-92. Gethin graduated in Social Administration from Manchester University in 1968, gained a Diploma in Education from Cardiff University in 1970 and a Diploma in Social Work Studies from the LSE in 1974.
Sister Hutt – LSE -social work DATES?? Sister Hutt is the daughter of Professor Michael Hutt, a Top Doc who trained at Tommy’s with the Mr Bigs in London – Dr Death, Peter and Ann Dally and other posh ne’er do wells who star in previous posts trained at Tommy’s -became a Prof of Pathology at Guy’s, Uncle Harry Central, after a number of years working in, most appropriately, Uganda. I wonder if Sister Hutt realises how much entertainment that part of her old dad’s CV causes?
Gethin was employed as a social worker in Cheshire, 1971-73; after his Diploma at the LSE he worked as a Community Organiser for Gwynedd County Council, 1975-78. In 1978 Gethin worked at Gwynedd Social Services HQ as an assistant to Lucille; Gethin also doubled up as Principal Officer for Children. In June 1982 Gethin became Head of Children’s Services.
In addition Gethin was a member of Dwyfor District Council, 1976-86 and Chairman of Dwyfor District Council, 1983-84.
In Aug 1995, Gethin was appointed Director of Ceredigion Social Services. Gethin’s cushy number at Ceredigion was disturbed after the Waterhouse Report was published when it was realised Shock Horror that the man who had run the Gwynedd homes featured in the Report and who had been second in command to Lucille whom Ronnie admitted knew about the paedophile ring was now running Ceredigion Social Services. See post ‘ ‘.
There was a flurry of activity but nobody ever named the many people who were culpable re Gethin escaping from Gwynedd and nipping down to Ceredigion in 1995, to take up his new even more senior post the month before Nicola Davies QC pretended that there would not be a Public Inquiry into Gethin and his mates, when Ronnie Waterhouse was already preparing the ground for it.
I have never met Gethin, but he was one of the people responsible for the hijacking of F’s baby in early 1993, the harassment and threats that F and I received from those responsible. One of the people who was part of the conspiracy was Dr Paul Nickson from Bethesda. Paul Nickson knew Gethin socially, they were both members of the Quakers in Bangor. Yes, people did comment on the presence of someone like Gethin in the Friends Meeting House. Dr Nickson was unpopular in some quarters because he was perceived as grossly incompetent, but I witnessed Dr Nickson being told directly of a serious offence against a child and Nickson, while accepting that the offence had occurred, decided that he wasn’t going to do act. The offender committed more offences just weeks later, in Nickson’s home village. He still didn’t act…
I always presumed that Nickson was probably frightened of the Gang until I was told of his friendship with Gethin. One thing that I always remember being said of Nickson was that he was hopeless with most matters, but he was excellent with women and babies. It was this that sent pregnant women and new mothers to Nickson in high numbers. Which is rather worrying now that I know the fuller picture. There are other aspects to Paul Nickson that might well be relevant but I haven’t blogged about them because they relate to his personal life. But if the Top Docs don’t stop squealing and begin to come clean about all this I might change my policy on that.
By the way D.G.E. Wood, why did you recommend Paul Nickson to me when you heard that I was thinking of moving to Bethesda and specifically tell me not to bother with the other GPs there because I ‘wouldn’t like them’? They were all crap and dangerous, but so was Nickson.
Larry King – in Rhodesian Police – worked at Bryn Estyn, DATES, ….
Nefyn Dodd – 1 Oct 1985 promoted to Principal Officer (Residential Child Care – Children) – was manager of Ty’r Felin children’s home in Bangor as well as overall manager of all? children’s homes in Gwynedd until 23 May 1990 –
My HIGH COURT CASE – MAY 1990
Peter James Hibbs – succeeded Dodd when Dodd retired as Principal Officer (Residential Care – Children); when Hibbs took over the post was redesignated as Principal Officer (Adolescent Services) for residential services, youth justice and leaving care. Hibbs’s wife died on 4 Nov 1990 – THATCH RESIGNATION??? Hibbs became depressed and a Top Doc advised that Hibbs was unable to work after 1 Dec 1990
Francis and Sadie – perjured statement dated Dec 1990 – me forced out of St G’s at the same time
Peter Hibbs was off work sick throughout most of 1991 and 1992 and retired as a result of ill-health on 8 Jan 1993 – THOMAS TYrell-Kenyon died?? LADY EVA GREEN widow of Sir Allen, the former DPP, ‘committed suicide’ on WHAT Jan 1993
After nearly two years of sick leave and his retirement, from Nov 1995 Peter Hibbs worked as a Senior Practitioner at a Family Centre in Rhyl run by the NCH. In Nov 1995, Nicola Davies QC (later Dame Nicola) after reviewing the paperwork of the North Wales Police re the abuse of kids in care (all of the paperwork from the mid-1980s onward was missing), stated that a Public Inquiry would not be in the public interest. As discussed in earlier posts, this was a smokescreen, because Ronnie Waterhouse knew back in late 1994 or early 1995 that he’d be Chairing that Inquiry and ‘altered his retirement plans’, which involved Ronnie touring the Chester and Wales Circuit to Have Dinner With And Say Goodbye To All Of His Old Friends, who had run the services that Ronnie would to his great surprise find himself investigating when he Chaired the Inquiry that The Hague announced in 1996 would indeed be held… See post ‘Heart Of Darkness’.
Ronnie always stressed that one day in 1996, he suddenly received a phone call from the Welsh Office telling him that he’d be Chairing the Inquiry and this was confirmed hours later by the Lord Chief Justice Peter Taylor CHECK.
Perhaps someone forgot to tell Peter Hibbs, who was still in the NCH Family Centre in Rhyl when he gave evidence to the Waterhouse Inquiry in 1997. Or perhaps someone did tell Hibbs, indeed gave him a ring at home and told him to get his arse over to the Family Centre in Rhyl and quickly, because Ronnie had agreed to Chair the Inquiry into his own friends molesting children over the past few decades.
Peter Hibbs grew up in Colwyn Bay until he was 15 years old, when he went to boarding school. Hibbs graduated in Sociology from the South Bank Poly in 1973 and then worked for ILEA for four years as an Education Welfare Officer. When Hibbs worked for ILEA, ILEA sent numerous kids in care to children’s homes in north Wales. The Head of ILEA at that time was the Labour politician Ashley Brammall. Brammall spent years as a London Councillor and served ILEA in various capacities. See previous posts.
Ashley’s brother is Edwin ‘Dwin’ Brammall aka Field Marshal Lord Brammall, Patron of SSAFA, the veterans charidee who Referred Cases to Dafydd. See post ‘Feet In Chains’.
COME BACK PETER HIBBS, WE NEED YOU, FIELD MARSHAL LORD BRAMMALL ALERT, EMERGENCY, EMERGENCY…
It was probably all about Mountbatten’s activities with kiddies, rather than Lord Brammall…
After his stint with Lord Brammall’s brother at ILEA, Hibbs completed a CQSW and a Diploma in Social Studies at UCNW and on 10 Dec 1979 joined Gwynedd Social Services, working with the Child Care Team at the Anglesey Area Office. On 1 Nov 1985, Hibbs became a Senior Social Worker… Hibbs was promoted just weeks after I met Keith Best, then my MP, re the mental health services; Best spend no more than 3 or 4 minutes with me and subsequently referred the matter to Lord Wyn of Paedophilia. I didn’t realise that Tony Francis had almost certainly contacted one of the crowd at the Welsh Office first to warn them that I was on my way with a complaint…
Mary Wynch had won her appeal to the Master of the Rolls just after I had the confrontation with Francis; I read the reports in the Torygraph and other broadsheets and was rash enough to mention the case in a letter to Francis, so Reinforcements were brought in and War Declared…
They hated Thatch, really hated her. They’d have done anything, anything at all to get rid of her…
Here’s Francis’s mate from their Cardiff University days, giving Degsy and Militant a bollocking at the MONTH 1985 Labour Conference:
And it ends in the grotesque chaos of a LABOUR Leader, a LABOUR Leader, colluding with a gang of paedophiles, a number of whom are personal friends of Thatch… But then the Windbag and his wife had been mates with Gwynne and Dafydd and all who sailed in her for years. See previous posts.
If any readers know who the Tory Boy was who was introduced to me by Best as Best’s research assistant in the summer of 1985, please let me know. I can remember his Blue Blazer but not his name. You’re a witness Tory Boy, who are you?
Brown and I lived on Anglesey, 1983-86. We knew some of the kids who were being abused and knew of yet more. Some of them were so high profile that they were openly discussed/gossiped about by local people, including Top Docs and Angels.
DOUGLAS HURD – appointed Home Sec on 2 Sept 1985 -Hurds uncle Edred Corner was friends with Prof GREIG-SMITH of the Dept of Plant Biology at UCNW- Edred was the son of a well-known Top Doc, Edred Moses Corner. See ‘Additional Security Measures’. Hurd was still Home Sec during 1987 when the Cunning Plan was put into action and imploded…
It was in 1987 that the Somerset contingent first bumped into David Kirke and the degenerate offspring of Top Tories. See eg. ‘The Village’ and ‘Upper Class Twit Of The Year – Shooting Themselves’. Think Ollie Brooke, the General Election, Michael Havers blocking the prosecutions of VIP sex offenders…
Mark Williams discovered the Miracle Of Mindfulness in 1987 when working with Dafydd and the Gang. See ‘The Biggest Expert Of The Lot’.
thatch – 1987 pic here
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[the charidees all run by the Gang, service users and families would volunteer, be pushed out or accused… totally tame work force in both paid and voluntary sector]
remember – ken Clarke, bma, john marks and Duke of Westminster
[vanessa feltz and her top doc husband]
[rolf resurrecting his career at Glastonbury – DATE]
fungus lowe – overthrowing dafydd’s influence in the dept of psychology in 1987
correlate key dates – it all fits in, co-ordination between the rings
Cleveland and butler sloss
trafficking was on European level, spilt over into US and oz as well because of international ‘experts’ top docs and lawyers involved. would have been worth their while doing all this to cover their tracks
the chaos in n wales could not have been missed, it was terrible and was known by cps, welsh office, dhss, home office; those concealing the crime in Gov’t Depts, like those who concealed the crime within the Local Authorities, were promoted.
To add to the toxic mix – the Gay Plague hit the US and then the UK in the 1980s. With regard to the UK, complete panic led to the public health campaign when Norman Fowler was Secretary of State for the DHSS. Thatch resisted at first because the idea of Homosexuality being discussed was enough to send her running for the smelling salts, but her resistance was overcome when it was spelt out by Top Docs that the friends of hers who were having sex with rent boys could die and Going Private wouldn’t save them. It was the Chief Medical Officer who was credited with Changing Thatch’s Mind, Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate, the Middlesex Hospital-trained Sir Donald Acheson. See post ‘Professor Prestigious and His Associates’.
Ken Clarke at the Dept of Health subsequently opened the purse strings to develop the ‘services’ for the dying AIDS patients. Those who bagged the money were those closely linked to Dafydd and Gwynne and their partners in crime who had run the ring: the Middlesex Hospital/UCL (the two institutions had merged by then) and the Mildmay Hospital in the East End, which was assisted in extracting money from Ken Clarke by Peter Shore the East End Labour MP (see post ‘Apocalypse Now’) who, along with his wife Dr Liz Shore, a senior Top Doc in the Gov’t medical service in the 1960s and 70s, had colluded with Dafydd and Gwynne for years. Gwynne and Dafydd’s mates at Newham Borough Council hitched a lift on the bonanza and netted the dosh to Redevelop Docklands To Benefit The Local People (see ‘The Bodies Beneath Canary Wharf’ and ‘International Finance, With Grateful Thanks To Gwynne’).
Here are the locals, all benefiting:
Michael Heseltine wasn’t going to miss out either. The man who had grown up in Swansea and had been the MP for WHICH TOWN in Devon, DATES – a neighbour of Mr Thrope – who had in 1986 got wind that people known to me could be bribed re the Westland Affair and that he might be able to become Leader of the Tory Party as a result but found that the plot fell apart(see post ‘Those Who Are Ready To Serve’), then cooked up another plot to depose Thatch with his mate Sir Anthony Meyer, the Tory MP for NAME and a customer of Dafydd’s Gang (see previous posts), but that didn’t work as planned either, also climbed aboard the bandwagon of Urban Regeneration in a Compassionate Tory Way.
Heseltine spread kindness around Dafydd’s Liverpool crime empire in DATE and was JOB TITLE of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), with Lord Bob Mellish as JOB TITLE. See previous posts. Bob Mellish was the crooked old git who served as the Labour MP for Bermondsey, DATES and who’s rotten Borough controlled by Bob’s Councillor mates in Southwark sent numerous kids into Dafydd and Gwynne’s embrace.
Dafydd’s unhinged mate from the Maudsley Jim Birley ran projects for Empowered Service Users in Southwark as well as the organised abuse ring there (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’) and was mates with David Ennals, who as a result of his friendship with Jim Birley became a big name in MIND with the Bingleys. See ‘MIND Are Out For Mental Health, Never For Themselves Of Course…’
Throughout its existence, MIND has always made much of its difficulty in raising money by rattling tins on street corners and holding fetes because the general public won’t give to Dangerous Nutters. So how did MIND become one of the biggest charidees in the UK? MIND has never been reluctant to explain that most of its income has always ‘come from Gov’t’, but it doesn’t explain what part of Gov’t and who exactly OK’d such generous funding streams, well before charidees became the big professionalised operations that they are today. MIND was one of the first charidees to become swish and professionalised, it did that when David Ennals worked for them as their ‘campaign manager’ in the 1970s…
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Gwynedd Health Authority used to fund MIND by a ‘grant’. Even in 1987 when GHA ran out of dosh to sustain local ‘services’ which culminated in a row in the House in 1989…
Ennals facilitated abuse for years in his capacity as an MP, DHSS Minister etc. See post ‘The Science Of Animal Behaviour’. Ennals was Chairman CHECK of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, as was his brother John. His brother Martin was Secretary General of Amnesty International and David Ennals’s son Paul followed the family into their Concern For Others and has held senior roles on Safeguarding Committees in London and the North East of England, at the NCB (National Children’s Bureau) and in the Dept of Education. See previous posts…
Bob Mellish’s rotten to the core constituency stitch-up was challenged by Peter Tatchell at the 1983 Bermondsey by-election. Tatchell received much aggro and was physically attacked for being a poof, while those who were overcome with a desire to bludgeon him because of this trafficked kids to Dafydd. See post ‘The Battle For The Labour Party’s Soul’. Sadly Tatchell didn’t mention those kids and their plight either, but perhaps he just had enough on his plate…
Footie, who constituted the Labour Party Leadership at the time, refused to support Tatchell, but then Footie was a member of Dafydd and Gwynne’s organised abuse network himself and his extended family were supporting the Gang. See ‘The Bay Of Pigs Invasion’. Footie was mates with Eric Hobsbawm and those in the People’s Front of Croesor and the Croesor People’s Front (see post ‘Captain Swing and His Crew’). I have been told that Footie knew about Brown and me and considered us the Enemy as well.
The person who benefited greatly from the hate campaign against Peter Tatchell was Simon Hughes, who was elected as the Liberal (later Lib Dem) MP for Bermondsey in 1983. Hughes had assisted with the homophobic abuse towards Tatchell although Simon was sort of having gay relationships himself… Neither did Simon mention the kids being transported to north Wales, but Simon, a barrister who was a member of Inner Temple – as was Mr Thrope – and who had gone to school in Brecon, did know about the Gang… See eg. Yet More Inglorious Bastards’.
In 1991 CHECK Simon was one of a number of MPs who signed an Early Day Motion tabled by Elfyn Llwyd, a barrister and then the Plaid MP for the constituency that included Croesor, opposing the closure of Garth Angharad, a ‘hospital for mentally abnormal criminals’ near Dolgellau, on the grounds that it was the only such facility in Wales. Indeed it was, the Hospital For Mentally Abnormal Criminals wasn’t a hospital and it wasn’t for mentally abnormal criminals either, it was an isolated building miles from anywhere, hidden by trees, owned by Paul Hett – (a now struck-off solicitor), who had owned ‘schools’ in north Wales where kids had been abused and who was even severely criticised by Ronnie Waterhouse so hopeless was Hett – which served as a prison for the Gang. See post ‘ ‘.
The Case Conference held about me in 1989 by people of whom I had never heard, while I was at work at St George’s hundreds of miles away, completely unaware, which ended with Chris Hunter declaring me to be homicidal and dangerous and in need of incarceration, was held at Garth Angharad. Chris Hunter fitted in the Case Conference while he was visiting a prisoner of the Gang in Garth Angharad. See post ‘The Night Of The (Dr Chris) Hunter’.
Others who signed Elfyn’s EDM begging for the Gang’s prison to remain open included Dafydd Wigley and Red Ken. See post ‘ ‘. I invite readers to take a look at the full list of names. So many London MPs doing a favour for a sex abuse Gang in north Wales.
EXACT DATE of that EDM – that arrest of me in dec 1990 – Hunter had offered a Court Report in 1989 – Mitchell Heggs screaming down the phone ‘Who put up the bail money for you’ – allegations falling apart because of all the lies – kept changing the charges to suit the perjury… then Eastman told me to go back to n wales cos dafydd was my doctor – refused treatment in London, left with no money and nowhere to live – back in wales, another high court case in april 1991 at the strand – more perjury – the MDU told francis to drop the case, he ignored them
[JO BOTT – 1993]
Des Wilson later wrote a book, The Battle For Power, about the strained relationship between the Liberals and the SDP during the 1987 General Election campaign, the last general election fought as the SDP–Liberal Alliance. Des was an enthusiastic supporter of the merger between the two parties in 1988 and became Campaign Manager for the new Liberal Democrat Party, under Paddy Ashdown in the 1992 General Election.
The Result was this:
Days after John Major (who began his political career as a Councillor in Lambeth when Lambeth was In Business with the Gang and subsequently served in Gov’t roles in the vicinity of Peter Morrison, as discussed in previous posts) won the 1992 General Election, the Brighton firebomb killed five witnesses to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Two other witnesses who survived the firebomb died within a few years, one of them being found dead immediately after giving evidence against John Allen in Court. See post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’.
Somewhat disillusioned with party politics after the 1992 campaign, Des Wilson then moved on to become Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for BAA plc. Des became Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board‘s Corporate Affairs and Marketing Committee in 2003, but resigned in 2004 over the controversy relating to England touring Zimbabwe.
Des’s mate Lord Paul Tyler was also associated with Edgar Anstey DETAIL HOW.
Paul Tyler wrote the obituary for Edgar Anstey 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.
A recently published biography of Mountbatten provides yet more details of the promiscuity of the Mountbattens (which has never been denied even by the Mountbattens), but is rather more frank that previous publications re Lord Mountbatten’s sexual activities with underaged boys and his involvement with the Kincora Boys’ Home. This biography (recently reviewed by the Sunday Torygraph) is one of the first overt admissions directed at a lay readership that there was undoubtedly a VIP paedophile ring operating at Kincora and that Mountbatten was a member of that ring. That was why witnesses were disappearing or being murdered and why being an unprincipled corrupt politician was a prerequisite for service in the N Ireland Office. Miranda would never have appointed Cuddly Mo who had the Common Touch had he not known that Cuddly Mo had spent years concealing the big ring in the North East that worked in partnership with Dafydd and the Gang. Mo needed to do anything, anything at all once she became N Ireland Secretary.
The price was too high Oily, far too high. A totally corrupted medical profession that didn’t hesitate to murder patients if the patients knew a bit too much and couldn’t be relied upon to join the party taking place in the sewer. Mo’s dead. As is her husband, the City financier who was so instrumental in persuading the City to bankroll New Labour. I wouldn’t trust a Top Doc further than I’d spit a rat Oily and being a former drug company executive yourself, you know just how bloody unscrupulous they are as well as I do…
Solly Zuckerman, another Gang networker with security services connections, knew Ronnie Waterhouse. They served as Director of the London Zoological Society together. See previous posts.
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 was 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 and many of those trained at the ‘Scottish Tavi’ colluded with abuse and reached very senior positions, including at Gov’t advisory level.
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, Tory MP and a former bedfellow of Esther, although 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 19 Feb 1995 at the age of 61, from cirrhosis. Fairbairn was one of the cluster of inside witnesses whom we said goodbye to in 1995, including Viv Stanshall ( ), David Ennals ( ), Bing Spear ( ), Peter Morrison ( ) Brown was forced out of his job at Aston University in July 1995.
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. Longmuir’s case was viewed with surprising sympathy by the Scottish Court in which he 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, 1951-54, 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 and senior security services officer Richard Crossman was Secretary of State for the DHSS and using his position to facilitate organised abuse. 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. See eg. ‘Pets Win Prizes’. 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, although that term wasn’t used in Vera’s day; the word used was usually ‘formidable’.
Vera Anstey (nee Powell; 3 January 1889-26 November 1976) was an economist and noted expert on the economy of India. Vera Anstey is most closely associated with the LSE where she served as a lecturer and Chaired the admissions committee, as well as with the wider London University, where Vera served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics.
Anstey was born in Reigate, Surrey on 3 January 1889. Her father was leather merchant James Powell and her mother was Mary Sophia Powell. Vera had two sisters and three brothers.
Vera 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. Vera then studied at the LSE, graduating in 1913.
Bedford School here??
Vera married Percy Louis Anstey in 1913. Percy was a former actor who had then studied sociology at the LSE, before serving as the Head of the Economics Dept at Bristol University. Percy 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. Vera, needing a job to support herself and her two children, took up a position 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. Vera’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 LSE’s relocation from London to Cambridge during World War II. Vera served as Dean of the School of Economics for the wider London University, 1950-54.
Clement Attlee’s Gov’t approached Vera in 1950 to become a member of the Royal Commission on the Taxation of Profits and Income, examining potential changes to taxation policy in the UK. Vera served on the Commission from appointment in 1951 to completion of the work in 1955.
Vera retired from a full-time position at the LSE in 1954, remaining a part-time member of staff until finally retiring in 1964. Richard Crossman’s – Abel-Smith, Titmuss, Uncle Harry’s brother in law?? – grads inc Lady Juliet cBingley – Mick Jagger?? – Orlando?? Nerys??
Bertrand taught at the LSE in 1896 and his influence remained.
The LSE blog contains a tribute to Vera:
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.
In the autumn of 2016 a blog appeared on the subject of the north Wales mental health services and mentioned Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist, who had, everyone hoped, been written out of history back in the late 1980s. Gwynne who had a great deal to do with – and was on good terms with – people known to Vera, including her famous son Edgar.
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 discussing Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist, Dafydd and their many powerful friends and partners in crime at the LSE began to acquire a readership:
It has been suggested to me that Uncle Harry’s nephew – the one who didn’t emigrate to the US – may have had something to do with the resurrection of the memory of Vera and her achievements.
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, why she was employed as an academic, 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 just 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.
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.
By the time that Vera was appointed to Churchill’s Royal Commission, her son Edgar had reached a senior position in the Civil Service and didn’t just know about Gwynne, but was facilitating his butchery…
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:
Vera’s Famous Son Edgar’s obituary appeared in ‘The Psychologist’:
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!
This load of romantic cobblers about a man who’s life’s work was utterly sordid was written by G.A. Randell (pictured above, In Front Of The Door).
G.A. Randall died in Dec 2015 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?? Bradford University very troubled…
Gerry and his mates didn’t manage to change the behaviour of any of these people…
This tribute to Gerry Randall was 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.
There is a document re Edgar written by Clive Fletcher, BSRD (Behavioural Sciences Research Division), 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.
I know a retired academic psychologist who told me that for years there was a shadowy team of Gov’t psychologists in existence BEFORE Thatch became PM who had established a sub-unit dedicated to promoting ‘individual responsibility’. He told me about this when Brown and I began publishing on the discourse of individual responsibility and how it was being used by Gov’t to retract welfare provision, promote victim blaming and pathologise poor people. I think that he might have been talking about Edgar Anstey and his colleagues. My psychologist friend told me that what he found most worrying was the psychological theories that the Gov’t unit had based their work on had been demonstrated not to work. Behaviourism perhaps? It works on rats in mazes but not on people and the evidence that behaviourism doesn’t work in people is all around us.
No, it hasn’t Improved Decisions about any of these matters and it won’t, no matter how much crap is spouted about the wonders of Nudge and Behaviourism. The School of Psychology at Bangor University is utterly committed to this way of thinking, has been for decades and Fungus Lowe built his empire on it. Although the real key to Fungus’s success was him ruthlessly blackmailing the numerous people who had colluded with and concealed the criminality of Dafydd and Gwynne.
A production line for child sex workers is not a solid foundation for Gov’t policy is it?
Clive Fletcher can be found on 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 also 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 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 Dulewicz 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 stars on the website of the 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.
Professor, 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’s LinkedIn entry:
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…
Gordon has published with, among others, 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 as well; he has published with Gordon Jinks 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.
Here’s yet another tribute to Edgar, Son Of Vera:
EDGAR ANSTEY: 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.
Cyril Burt was notorious for fabricating his research in his desperation to demonstrate what he already believed, including that intelligence is inherited; Burt’s infamous ‘twin studies’ – many of the twins studied didn’t exist – made him one of the most discredited ‘scientists’ of the 20th century.
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.
It’s not very reassuring is it.
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.
It’s secret (and sordid), Lord Hennessey won’t have told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
(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.
It won’t have needed Gwynne and Dafydd’s mate to persuade Kennedy that the Russian bombs were big bombs too and that nuclear obliteration wasn’t a good idea.
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.
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.
Performance appraisal is about as effective as Nudge. Look at the state of the public sector that has relied on performance appraisal for so long now… The NHS loves it.
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 36 year career in the Civil Service in 1977.
Someone probably realised that it would backfire in an even bigger way than Jimmy Savile’s knighthood.
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 wrote this piece in May 2016. Clive the true believer.
Edgar’s colleague is a British Psychological Society award winner:
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.
Baroness Sarah Hogg has received many a mention on this blog. Sarah was one of John Major’s key aides on Black Wednesday and along with the rest of them had no idea why it happened or what to do. Sarah blamed everyone else for it. Hogg is wife of Douglas, one of a whole line of Hoggs who have colluded with the criminality of Dafydd and the Gang, in the course of traditional Hogg employment as barristers, judges and Gov’t Ministers. See previous posts.
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.
Two members of the inner circle, Victor and Clive, wrote John’s obituary which appeared in, where else but ‘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.
Vic Dulewicz, Professor Emeritus, Henley Business School; Clive Fletcher Professor Emeritus, Goldsmiths’ University of London
What none of these masters in the manipulation of human beings and Experts In Behavioural Change was able to do was to stop a gang of sex offenders in north Wales who were given responsibility by the State for what must have been thousands of children over many years. The finely tuned Assessment and Aptitude tests, the Standardisation and Regulation of Qualifications etc made not a jot of difference. Thugs and sex offenders were routinely employed and then promoted when they blackmailed their employers and their qualifications were worthless.
The methods of achieving ‘behavioural change’ in north Wales – and the Gang loved the notion of ‘behavioural problems’, we all had ‘behavioural problems’ until the mid-1990s when everyone suddenly had a ‘borderline personality disorder’ (they’ve all been recategorized again, it’s ’emotionally unstable personality disorder now, no doubt if I was still in their clutches that label would have appeared on my records as well) – included violent and sexual assault, no matter what nonsense Vic and his mates published. Furthermore Edgar Anstey and John Barker knew that this was happening and their ‘expertise’ was used to shaft Alison Taylor, Mary Wynch, Brown and me instead.
Behavioural psychology is a con of massive proportions and a very high price has been paid.
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
Another signature to the DATE ‘memo’ signed by Retired People was remembered by an obituary published on 11 March 2012 by ‘The Guardian’, Noreen Edwards. Noreen’s name litters my documents, Noreen having been Chairman of Gwynedd Health Authority while a gang of paedophiles ran riot, while patients were assaulted by Top Docs and Angels and when the Welsh Office had so much to conceal re Gwynedd Health Authority, not least the inexplicable disappearance of funds in the absence of ‘services’, that in 1989 and 1990, it sent in Minister David Hunt in person to have a word with Noreen as well as a ‘hit squad’ of management consultants.
No of course they made no difference, I suspect that it was only done in order to claim in the heated Commons debate re the chaos in Gwynedd that Something Was Being Done. See ‘A Visit To Gwynedd Archives’. The Commons debate that starred Dafydd Wigley, Ieuan Wyn Jones, Wyn Roberts, David Hunt…
Rural Welsh gangster Noreen’s obituary was written by fellow rural Welsh gangster Huw Thomas, who served as Gwynedd Health Authority’s Chief Exec while Noreen was Chair. See previous posts for details re Huw, his name litters my documents as well, although I was aware of Huw, he signed some of the Letters With Lies In Them that were sent to me years ago.
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,
Generations of clergy were in on the ring, in particular Gwilym Williams, Bishop of Bangor, 1957-82 and Archbishop of Wales, 1971-82. Gwilym Williams was the son of a wealthy landowning family in north Wales and was educated at Jesus College, Oxford, a favourite of the grander Gwerin. Furthermore Gwilym Williams was at Jesus College when Harold Wilson was there. Beat that! I suspect in the end however the Top Docs might have beat Gwilym; he died on 23 Nov 1990, when life for the Gang was getting complicated…
Conwy was the heart of the petty bourgeois element of the ring. All Conwy/Aberconwy politicians (as well as the Councillors) were Of The Gang (see post ‘ ‘), not just Lord Wyn Roberts Of Paedophilia. Mason Williams of course came from Llandudno, just next door to Conwy; Llandudno is the biggest settlement in the Conwy constituency. The original home of the Royal Lobotomist! William Mars-Jones’s sister-in-law Dilys, who unlawfully received copies of correspondence from Clwyd Health Authority re my complaint about the Gang, was a Conwy Councillor…
Noreen trained as a nurse at Queen Elizabeth hospital, in Birmingham,
The Birmingham NHS was Robert Bluglass’s domain from the early 1970s
followed by midwifery training at Queen Charlotte’s in London
Geoffrey Chamberlain worked at Queen Charlotte’s before he became Chair of Obs and Gynae at St George’s. Other big names who facilitated/colluded with organised abuse/the Westminster Paedophile Ring who passed through the Queen Charlotte’s included Lord Bob Winston and George Pinker. If you were serious about working in Obs and Gynae during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, you did a stint at Queen Charlotte’s. Noreen will have met the best there and no doubt rekindled old acquaintances when she reached the heights of the RCN, Gwynedd Health Authority etc.
Everyone involved had a mutual colleague:
and St David’s, Bangor.
That place was horrific, positively dangerous for patients; when it shut its doors in the 1990s, the staff were transferred to Ysbyty Gwynedd and it was business as normal on the new premises. See eg. ‘The BMA and It’s Ethics’.
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 bagged that CBE months before the huge row in the House re the dreadful state of Gwynedd Health Authority and the Mystery Over What Had The Funds Been Spent On. See ‘A Visit To Gwynedd Archives’.
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.
Of course the old cow and/or her husband bred and the family will all be occupying influential positions in Wales and probably elsewhere as well…
The ‘Welsh Board’ that Noreen Chaired was almost certainly the Welsh Board that was responsible for Standards and Training re Angels in Wales at the time. The Welsh Board appears on one of my documents, as a brief additional scribbled note left by a Senior Angel/Manager in a hurry who wanted to send an urgent message to the Senior Angel/Manager who was to be in receipt of the document about me. The note added to the official document was a warning that someone from the Welsh Board had arrived at Ysbyty Gwynedd and asked that Jeff Crowther, a Nursing Officer at Ysbyty Gwynedd, should meet with the man from the Welsh Board who was assessing whether Ysbyty Gwynedd’s desire to serve as a Training Institution to degree level for Angels could be agreed.
Jeff was at that very time (in the late 1980s) admitting to me that Dafydd was ‘a corrupt old bastard’, that Dafydd was sexually exploiting patients and had been for decades but ‘We’ve got mortgages to pay’, so Jeff would not be backing me up in any complaints, even when he had witnessed wrongdoing. However Jeff did refuse to lie on oath for Dafydd and Tony Francis; following that Jeff received murder threats and had to go into hiding and Jeff’s wife died in the ‘care’ of Ysbyty Gwynedd just before the Waterhouse Inquiry opened. Jeff left north Wales soon after that.
So Jeff, who did have a nice manner and was brighter and more socially acceptable than many of his colleagues, was Presented To The Welsh Board. Ysbyty Gwynedd were subsequently OK’d for degree level Angel training.
My documents demonstrate that during the weeks immediately before and after the man from the Welsh Board met Jeff, not only were Dafydd and the BMA psychiatrists lying their arses off as usual, encouraged by the BMA and MDU, but there was frantic forging of documentation by the staff of Ysbyty Gwynedd with regard to my files, so it was probably happening routinely…
Noreen was at the time Chair of Gwynedd Health Authority. I don’t know why anyone bothered to wheel out Jeff as the Acceptable Face Of Nursing At Ysbyty Gwynedd to meet the man from the Welsh Board, they could have just sent the tea lady along to meet him and YG would have been deemed acceptable for Angels to follow degree level courses.
As for Matron’s service in the TA, rising to the rank of Lt Col, that is simply yet more confirmation that there was a worrying relationship between the Gang and the British Army that may have explained how Dafydd for years has built an empire on his ‘care’ of veterans with PTSD, when it is widely accepted that the real veterans do not receive the ‘care’ that is so widely publicised, but people who are after helpful Expert Reports from Dafydd who have committed serious offences find that they can obtain one by checking into his PTSD ‘nursing homes’. See post ‘Feet In Chains’ for details, as well as for the many Forces organisations who have been happy to refer veterans to Dafydd, including the SSAFA, the Patron of which is Field Marshall Lord Brammall.
See previous posts eg. ‘Two Very Dangerous, Dishonest Nurses’ for details of two of Ysbyty Gwynedd’s finest who double up as TA officers, Major Stephen Gallagher and his pal Andrew Parry, who have a track record of unlawfully refusing to treat patients, threatening them, insulting third parties who have made representation about their dreadful conduct and then lying about it all. Gallagher was the last person to see one patient alive who later died in uncertain circumstances. Gallagher’s account of events was uncritically accepted in spite of his track record and the many complaints about him by patients and staff.
The machine is helped along considerably by the dreadful Tina Donnelley, former Director of the RCN in Wales, who is a Lt Col in the TA as discussed in previous posts. Since starring on the blog, Tina has clocked up another position of responsibility and in April 2019 was appointed an Independent Member of HEIW (Health Education and Improvement Wales). Tina can be found on the website of HEIW:
Tina is a registered nurse, who also trained as a midwife, and completed specialist training in cardiac care, palliative care and clinical teaching/teaching. Tina was the Director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales from 2004 – 2018, and has also held senior management posts in the NHS.
Tina worked for 12 years in higher education, and has worked in the Welsh Assembly Government as a Nursing Officer, advising on health and nursing policy, regulation, human resources, research, and education.
Tina is an honorary fellow of the University of South Wales and a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She received a CBE for services to Nursing, Armed forces and Trade Unionism and is Deputy Lieutenant for Mid Glamorgan. In April 2019, Tina was declared as High Sheriff for Mid Glamorgan. She is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
A number of Tina’s fellow Independent Members of the HEIW have featured on this blog and have records of achievement as catastrophic as Tina.
Here’s Noreen In Uniform, the Role Model, in who’s footsteps the grim Tina followed:
We know Noreen was a monster, I knew that years ago, but I didn’t realise that the monster had been appointed to influential roles outside of Wales. The Warnock Committee; Dafydd Wigley too sat on the Warnock Committee as discussed in previous posts. The excuse for Wigley’s place on the Committee was Wigley taking a personal interest in embryo research etc as a result of his two little boys dying from a rare inherited condition, although I knew that Wigley was a stooge on the Committee, as indeed was Warnock herself. See previous posts.
The real power on the Warnock Committee was Dame Josephine Barnes, an odious Charing Cross gynaecologist who was facilitating organised abuse, including the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Barnes was married to Sir Brian Warren, Grocer Heath’s close friend and personal physician, who was also facilitating the Westminster Paedophile Ring. The only difference between Josephile and Brian was that Josephile accepted the existence of a shite NHS alongside private medicine for those who really mattered; Brian was opposed to the idea of the NHS throughout his whole career, refused to work in it and had a private practice in Belgravia. See post ‘Uncle Harry’s Friends…’
So Wigley AND Noreen, two big fish in the small cesspit of Gwynedd’s welfare services, sat on the Warnock Committee. These were people who knew bugger all about good medical practice yet alone the issues in embryo research and IVF. Even in the late 1980s, north Wales was still an area in which ALL the Top Docs had conspired to ensure that no woman could access an NHS termination for any reason; however abortion was available from the dangerous private abortionist (s) of Chester. The Top Docs of north Wales who were 100% anti-abortion would refer any woman at all from north Wales on demand to the private abortionists of Chester as long as the woman had the dosh to pay. There was also a demand for illegal abortions in Gwynedd. See eg. ‘It’s Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Arf!’
The two stooges from the charnel house will have just followed orders from Josephile as did Mary Warnock, but I wonder why those two stooges in particular bagged seats on the Warnock Committee? Dafydd Wigley’s place on the Committee gave him quite a bit of kudos but Noreen was presiding over a catastrophe so great that not many people would have been hoodwinked…
Well I suppose people in Gwynedd would have been hoodwinked, people in Coleg Menai, the School Nurses, the Student Angels and local Councillors and that’s what kept the wheels turning in north Wales. The belief that Dr Dafydd Alun Jones was Europe’s Leading Forensic Psychiatrist and OF COURSE there isn’t a VIP paedophile ring up here, we’re nice people, with Welsh cakes, Bara Brith and our own language, we’re not those elitist bastards in London, got the gang of sex offenders a long way.
They had the Great Pleasure and Privilege of Sitting On The Warnock Committee:
Dame Josephile is a Famous Consultant ewe know, Dr DA knows her and Baroness Warnock is an Oxford Philosopher and ooh ewe should have seen her curtains:
Colwyn Bay Heritage website also mourned the Matron who rivalled any brutal nun of a Magdalen Laundry:
1926-2011: 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.
Oh what an embarrassment… How about an Adolph Hitler Chair of Jewish Studies at Bangor?
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.
So Noreen was Chair of the RCN Council in the year that the Ely Hospital Scandal shamed Wales and throughout the best years of Gwynne the Royal Lobotomist. It can’t have been a coincidence that Matron who presided over the Angelic bit of the Westminster Paedophile Ring’s production line was at the top of the RCN just as John Allen, Dafydd and Gwynne set up the business proper, John Allen taking out the lease one the building that became the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968. Down in Wandsworth, the London end of the business had just welcomed Dafydd’s mate John Tilley onto the Council… See post ‘Lord Snooty The Third’.
UCNW joined in the party and was in an excellent position to do so what with Noreen’s pal O.V. Jones, a local gynaecologist, occupying an influential role on UCNW Council and Dafydd’s mate Sir Charles Evans, a former Liverpool Top Doc, the Principal. See post ‘Meet The Gwerin!’ All they needed was the Nice Young Doctor D.G.E. Wood in the Student Health Centre and they were ready to go! The later arrival of Gwynne the Retired Lobotomist to Help Students who objected to Wood’s efforts to bully and traffic them was the crowning glory.
Dafydd was giving orders to the Dept of Psychology, Lucille pulled the strings re Social Work Training and ‘Community Action’ (the student society that did good works locally, including in Ty’r Felin children’s home) and a number of academics eg. Alwyn Roberts, were Gwynedd County Councillors. Then the were the theologians, the Welsh scholars, the teacher trainers… All aboard!
In that year she married Geoffrey Edwards, the town clerk of Colwyn Bay.
Colwyn Bay was the location of the North Wales Police HQ; the bent Chief Constable Sir Philip Myers became famous for mixing business and pleasure as it were and built himself an office on the side of his house, where there was much coming and going. Colwyn Bay houses many of the biggest of the big wigs in north Wales, the most influential politicians, Top Docs, NHS and Social Services managers, Councillors, police officers, lawyers, administrators etc.
Prof Robert Owen – HERE
Huw Vaughan Thomas – HERE
Gwynfa Unit, for children and adolescents with mental health problems was located near Colwyn Bay. At Gwynfa, patients were raped, buggered, dropped out of windows, made to wear dog collars and led around the unit on leads, suspended from door frames, the fun was endless. The Top Doc for Gwynfa was Barry Kiehn, a friend of Dafydd’s and the manager was Nigel Mannering Berry, an Angel who had trained at Denbigh many years previously. Gwynfa Unit was closed down shortly before the Waterhouse Inquiry, I presume because it would never have withstood scrutiny even by someone making as many excuses for serious offenders as Ronnie. In retirement, Nigel Mannering Berry continued to live in Colwyn Bay and is a key figure in Colwyn Bay Masonic Hall. See previous posts eg. ‘Don’t Be Silly, He’s Nice’.
The local Tory Party (Clwyd West) was/is a hot-bed of the more bourgeois and Anglicised Gang members.
A nurse member of Gwynedd Health Authority, she was its deputy chair in 1979 and chair in 1982.
A presence of a sociopathic female Angel is crucial. ‘A Matron who didn’t tolerate fools and Put Patients First’.
1979: Mary Wynch was unlawfully imprisoned by Dafydd and the Gang.
1982: Mary had begun litigation and it was known that she’d be going to the Master of the Rolls. Havoc had broken out at UCNW, Lord Kenyon was deposed as President and replaced by William Mars-Jones and massive efforts were underway to oust Sir Charles Evans. All dressed up as a scrap over the Welsh language/Welsh identity. See ‘Meet The Gwerin!’
And of course I’d arrived at UCNW and the security services as well as the Gang were watching. I dunno how much money MI5 owe me as compensation for so many things, but the transcripts sent to me of the studenty chats that I had with my friends as a first year undergrad in my room in our Hall of Residence demonstrate an unforgivable breach of privacy really. It’s not as if it was being done to protect me from gangsters who had targeted me either. Brown will be interested to know that they even bugged us that night when we were too full to have a bonk because we’d had that enormous Chinese meal. At the time, British politicians and activists of a liberal/left bent were going apeshit about the South African police spying on black and white people having Ugandan encounters in their own houses. I remember reading all about it in ‘The Guardian’.
We’ll have another Chinese tonight please Lord Denning, but leave out the prawn crackers and extra rice this time.
The Chinese takeaway that put the dampers on things in Room D207, Llys Tryfan in 1982, was purchased from Ying Wah’s in Upper Bangor. Ying Wah’s was good value for money and Mr Ying Wah himself was very friendly and took a lot of racist crap in the evenings from people who insulted Chinese people but nonetheless purchased their food. I wondered how Mr Ying Wah tolerated the scumbags but just before finals, I and my friends saw Mr Ying Wah driving his car. It surpassed anything that any Top Doc drove, it was one impressive motor. So that’s why he put up with the tossers…
Now I know that the Gang ran every part of Bangor, I know that Mr Ying Wah will have been dodgy in some way as well. He would not have thrived if he had not been.
BTW, Lord Hain, I presume that you were aware of the most common complaint about the rooms in Llys Tryfan? That the beds had been very carefully designed to not quite accommodate two people? They almost accommodated two people, but not quite. They looked as though they did, but when the second person got into the bed, they would be on the verge of always falling out. The only way that two people could fit into the beds in Llys Tryfan was if one was on top of the other. Which is a fitting tribute to the idiocy of a bunch of moribund hypocritical old farts who Upheld Standards while running a sex abuse gang.
Noreen also served on the Warnock committee on human fertilisation and, in 1987, chaired the Welsh Office committee that reviewed community nursing.
1987: Ollie was in prison and then released early on appeal, Dafydd had illegally imprisoned me and that had been followed by the Cunning Plan to frame and imprison me soon after the 1987 General Election. Noreen must have been a True Blue!
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.
Everywhere that the Gang went, so did Noreen. Lucille was a leading light in Soroptimist International; there were quite a few of those Professional Ladies from Soroptimist in the Welsh Office and the DHSS, some four years ago, I met a Retired Lady Gov’t Doctor who was one, along with her mate, a Retired Lady Gov’t Pharmacist.
A recent police investigation revealed a major problem with sexual abuse at Rydal School, when Noreen was a Guv’nor of that establishment. Rydal educated many of the affluent middle-class boys of Wales, including Lord Mervyn Davies, Gordon Brown’s Minister who doubled up as Chair of Council at Bangor University when Gordon was doing all that he could to force Merfyn Jones out of his job as VC. See previous posts. Rydal’s most famous old boy is Ken Barlow. Ken Barlow’s son the actor Linus Roache also went to Rydal.
When Alun Davies retired as Manager of the Hergest Unit because the dreadful toll of scandals and patient deaths meant that finally, after decades, Davies’s head just had to roll, Davies was immediately appointed as CEO of St David’s Hospice in Llandudno. See ‘The CEOs of St David’s Hospice’.
Within a short time of that appointment being made, Ken Barlow became Patron of St David’s Hospice and Ken’s mugshot appeared across north Wales accompanied by pleas for folk to hand over money to St David’s Hospice.
I offered to attend one of the fund-raising events with Ken and Alun Davies bellowed at me that if I arrived at the event ‘You will be ARRESTED’. It was barely three years since Davies’s attempt to have me fitted up and imprisoned for ‘threatening to kill’ him had collapsed on the first day of the trial when it became clear that Davies, seven other NHS staff and a police officer had sort of lied to the police…
I should have gone to the St David’s event, the spectacle of an unarmed, harmless, middle aged woman being arrested for no reason would have given Ken Barlow something to think about. Neither have I ever made the sort of fuss that Ken Barlow did when he was wrongly accused by someone Lying To Get Compensation. Ken, they owe me millions…
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.
This tribute to a people trafficker, a killer and abductor of other people’s babies and an accomplice of child abusers was written by Laurence Dopson, a freelance journo…
How about a charidee event for Rydal in Noreen’s memory then Ken?
Surely Noreen, the First Woman Deputy Lieutenant of Gwynedd, is worthy of one of Sister Hutt’s Purple Plaques? Or has one already been erected and I haven’t heard about it?
Another signature to the DATE memo was Prof David Jones, Chief Nursing Officer, Gwynedd Health Authority. David subsequently became a Prof at Sheffield University. David Jones is now retired and is an Emeritus Prof at Sheffield. David featured on PR material for Sheffield University which tells us:
Secondly it is the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s 10th Anniversary. The Sheffield and North Trent College of Nursing and Midwifery was integrated
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…
So David Jones, who was an active member of the Gang and was one of the most senior Angels in north Wales facilitating serious organised crime relocated to Sheffield, turf of Savile and was the man to introduce Angels to the HE field. Jones retired in April 1995, during the Jillings investigation, while there were media reports about a VIP paedophile ring in north Wales/Cheshire, when David Jones’s old muckers in north Wales were doing anything they could to fit me up and incarcerate me and the Dept of Health were busy preparing the ground to tell the world in July 1995 that Dafydd had retired and the North Wales Hospital had closed down although neither was true…
Sheffield University is a sizeable institution with a ‘good’ reputation. See ‘The Big Questions’. David Jones didn’t end up in a senior role there without anyone being aware of the serious difficulties in the Health Authority of which he had previously been Chief Nursing Officer.
David Jones’s LinkedIn profile states that he has been an Emeritus Prof at Sheffield from April 1995 to the present and is based at Llangollen, Denbighshire.
David Jones attended Bala Boys’ Grammar School, so he could well know Ieuan Wyn Jones, Dafydd Iwan and Alun Ffred from there, as well as via many other ways.
Another David Jones signed the memo, the David Jones who was a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Ysbyty Gwynedd and Great Ormond Street Hospital. So David Jones was yet another link between the Gang and dreadful practices in Gwynedd and a prestigious ‘world leading’ hospital in London.
While researching David Jones online, I came across another orthopaedic surgeon from Ysbyty Gwynedd, Mel Jones. Mel Jones owns a villa in the Algarve and in the promotional material advertising the villa, Mel Jones mentions that he also has a medico-legal practice. One of the sources of most dissatisfaction at Ysbyty Gwynedd was orthopaedic surgery. People In The Know refused to have orthopaedic surgery at YG…
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.
Mel also appeared in the BMJ ‘Letters to the Editor’ on 25 Aug 2001, Mel contributing to a discussion re the rights and wrongs of consultants personally signing letters:
Menai Williams, a friend of Dafydd and the retired Deputy Principal of the Normal College, Bangor, was a regular at Berea Newydd Chapel. Previous posts discussed Dr Dafydd Arthur Jones, a member of staff at Bangor University, who was found dead on a Snowdonia mountain in Jan 2006. Dafydd Arthur was in his 40s, fit, a keen walker and his death was attributed to a heart attack. Dafydd Arthur was friends with me and had been in the process of organising a joint project with me when he was found dead; he found working with his Head of Dept at Bangor, Meri Huws, very difficult and was looking for an escape route. Dafydd Arthur was a regular at Berea Newydd Chapel. Dafydd Arthur had previously worked at Coleg Menai and was had been a Senior Lecturer in History at Trinity College, Carmarthen.For many years Dafydd Arthur was a regular Editor on the local newspaper for Bangor, Y Goriad.
[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, a retired cardiologist at YG signed the memo. Like so many other signatories to the memo, Jeffrey Green has disappeared from the internet, but while I was searching for Jeffrey, I found another interesting Top Doc, Dr Lawrence Cotter, on the website of the Socialist Health Association, an organisation of which membership is obligatory if one if a Top Doc on the left who Helps The Poor eg. Uncle Harry and his mates, including Julian Tudor Hart, Wendy Savage etc as discussed in previous posts.
Dr Lawrence Cotter:
Michael Crumplin, a former consultant surgeon from Wrexham Maelor Hospital, was one signatory to the DATE memo who subsequently achieved a great amount of publicity and good PR as a EMINENT RETIRED DOCTOR FROM WREXHAM in the mainstream media at most convenient times for the Gang ie. when Bryn Estyn and the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal were in the media once more and shortly after I began this blog interestingly enough…
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…
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….“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
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.
ARTEFACTS ON SHOW
“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, the former Chairman of Clwyd Health Authority and after that, the Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, also signed the DATE memo. Griffith died in 2009 and as would be expected for the Chairman of the organisation that employed Dafydd and the sex offenders, obituaries and appreciative comments re Michael Griffith’s contribution to the world followed his death.
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.
Michael Griffith’s home in Trefnant lies just to the north of Denbigh. Griffith was one of the landowners of Denbighshire who ran/run the county, including the Mars-Jones family, Antoinette Sandbach’s family and Beata Brookes’s family. All of these landowners were on board with Dafydd and Gwynne. See previous posts.
Glyn Davies, the Tory MP for Montgomeryshire, wrote about Michael Griffith’s death on his blog on Sunday, June 28, 2009:
Michael Griffith CBE 1934 – 2009
Glyn Davies was a friend of Emlyn Hooson’s wife Shirley and before Glyn became an MP, he sat on the Council with Shirley Hooson. See previous posts.
While searching for information on Michael Griffith, I found the announcement of the death of another Griffith ie. Griffith Edwards, Dafydd’s mate from the old days at the Maudsley, on the King’s College, London website. Griffith died in Oct 2012, the year after Operation Pallial was launched and a few months after Tony Francis killed himself. Griffith Edwards featured in an earlier post in some detail as one of the crazed, unpleasant Maudsley hypocrites who, while pontificating on the evils of drug abuse, knew that his own institution was facilitating the dealing and distribution of Class A drugs on a substantial scale. Tony Francis’s former colleague Hamid Ghodse was a big name in addiction and worked at St George’s; Ghodse and his team were facilitating the dealing and distribution of Class As as well. See eg. ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’.
This is how King’s College London remembered Dafydd’s mate:
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.
There were many problems with that unit and the staff that Edwards’s obits didn’t touch on. Lord David Treisman (see previous posts) worked in that unit as a young man and I suspect that may have been assisted Treisman towards his future career as a Labour Party big wig and a peer.
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.
The outcomes of Edwards patients were usually depressingly poor, but because they were addicts it was that proffered as the explanation rather than the paucity or ineffectiveness of the treatment.
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.
So how is that consistent with the huge and increasing addiction problem after Edwards had been at the helm for decades?
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
Think Juliet Bingley’s dad Reginald Vick and Lord Snowdon’s father Ronald Armstrong-Jones… See previous posts.
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.
David Lewis Davies Inspired Dafydd as well as Edwards. David Lewis Davies was the first alcohol specialist to make his mark at the Maudsley. Davies attained his reputation in the area as a result of an investigation of alcoholics using a sample of less than 10. After completing the study, Davies admitted that most of the sample were not alcoholics. When David Davies was Dean of the Maudsley, psychiatry was such an unpopular speciality and the Maudsley so desperate for medical grads to train as psychiatrists, that Davies took literally everyone who applied because he was in no position to ‘select’ and the ‘interview’ consisted of a conversation re the applicants leisure time interests. Dafydd was accepted for Training at the Maudsley in the early 1960s when Davies’s eccentricities reigned.
The reason why Davies was so desperate for trainees was that the Maudsley, like other psychiatric hospitals, was staffed by crazy Top Docs who treated both patients and colleagues appallingly. Neglect and abuse of patients was pervasive, clinical outcomes were dreadful and treatment was still pervaded by lobotomies, large doses of ECT, insulin comas etc and other utterly discredited ‘physical’ methods. Bob Hobson at the Maudsley in the early 1960s pioneered a Gentler Way, community psychiatry/psychotherapy. Hobson used it as a cover for organised abuse and the Maudsley had a huge ring on the go. Dafydd Trained with Bob Hobson and Learnt About Addiction at the knee of David Lewis Davies. See previous posts.
I am certain that Dafydd knew what was going on at the Maudsley and undertook a brief period of Training there in order to make the contacts that he and Gwynne needed to expand their business in north Wales.
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
It was during the first half of the 1990s that Dafydd rapidly expanded his Class A empire. See post ‘The Evolution Of A Drugs Baron?’.
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;
What are Bolivia and Mexico famous for??
- 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
Max Glatt was one of Edwards’ colleagues; Max Glatt thrashed around in the dark re his Expertise On Addictions as well. See previous posts.
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.
The addiction services at the time were pretty crap, as addicts who did really want to give up freely observed. In north Wales, Dafydd’s charidee CAIS held the contract for providing addiction services and had held the contract since 1995, as part of Dafydd’s ‘retirement’ deal. The addiction problem in north Wales has grown exponentially, the police are drowning in the associated crime and many addicts have died. CAIS have netted millions in Funding. See previous posts.
Edwards’ mentor David Lewis Davies was at Oundle School with Harriet’s dad Top Doc John Harman and Sir Kenneth Robinson, Dafydd and Gwynne’s mate who was President of MIND and Labour MP for St Pancras North as well as Harold Wilson’s Minister for Health, 1964-68, as well as Sir John Rogers Ellis, based at the London Hospital and who was responsible for postgraduate training of Top Docs across all London hospitals from the late 1960s. All of these were facilitating Gwynne and Dafydd’s criminality. Oundle is a running theme with the Gang and those who helped them; Sir Clough Williams-Ellis went to Oundle, Micky Wynn aka Lord Newborough and Sir Peter Scott. Richard Dawkins is an old boy of Oundle from a later generation. See previous posts.
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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