Jensen Motors Employees A-Z
Who were the Jensen Motors employees, involved in producing the must have cars of the time. From the colourful Carl Duerr, to Richard Graves, gentleman personified. It was a dedicated workforce from shop floor to managing directors office, and everyone loved the product they were producing. Not that this was an easy ride, as service manager, David Millard recollects, “when I left work in the evening, I was never sure if I had a job when I went back in the morning”.
JENSEN MOTORS EMPLOYEES A – K
RAY ALLSOPP – PRODUCTION DIRECTOR AT JENSEN MOTORS
Joining Jensen Motors in the 1960s (?), Allsopp remained at Jensen Motors until 1976. During late 1975, Alan Vincent and Ray Allsopp, engaged in talks with the Reciever. Vincent had an idea of keeping the entire Development Department & Drawing Office on after the closure of Jensen Motors. He also managed to get Allsopp on board as a possible partner of a new company. The Reciever agreed to the overall idea, but made it clear the department’s employees must not be told until after the closure of the Company. Vincent and Allsopp managed to get the required loan from the bank to buy the ‘DD’ and DO’ from the Reciever, and that is what happened directly after closure of Jensen Motors. Jensen Special Products was born.
PAUL ARCHER – ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Archer was appointed as Assistant Administration Manager (sometimes referred to as Assistant Sales Office Manager) in 1971, working under Jim Branson. He remained with Jensen Motors until 1975 / 76 (?). Archer’s post involved liasing with distributors, and confirming all incoming orders to paper. Additionally, at the start of each new distribution year (basically directly after the London Motor Show), he had to check with distributors how many cars they were expecting to need for that forthcoming year. To give an indication, a large distributor like Wilmslow Garages were normally taking something like 40 to 45 cars a year.
JACK BATCHELOR – TRANSPORT & GENERAL DUTIES
Batchelor joined Jensen Motors during 1958 as a driver. During the days of the Healey 3000, Batchelor was transporting Healey 3000s down to Abingdon. After the contract stopped, Batchelor did a variety of jobs at the factory, including filling up cars with petrol for management, doing deliveries, post etc. He retired from Jensen in 1974.
COLIN BAKER – PARTS CHASER | PARTS TECHNICAL SPECIALIST
Baker had been working at GKN (Darleston) as a trainee, later becoming a Materials Controller. He joined Jensen Motoes in 1971/72, having seen an advert for a job vacancy in the Express & Star paper. He worked in the then newly opened Service Department.
JOHN BAKER – RECTIFICATION MANAGER
Baker joined Jensen Motors in the later 1960’s and continued his employment with the company through until 1976. With the swift formation of Jensen Parts & Service, Baker was given the position of Service Manager with the new company. Baker moved across to International Motors, and became apart of the Technical Team for Subaru.
C. BATES – ACCOUNTANT
Bates was Head of Finance Department in 1959. He was still working at Jensen Motors as an accountant in 1966. Start / finish dates not known. Bates headed the accounts relating to the Volvo P1800 work.
TOM BEARD – PRODUCTION MANAGER
According to Nick Maltby, former draughtsman at Carter’s Green factory, Tom Beard was a Production Manager, and his wife was also employed there as a Secretary. Start / finish dates need to be confirmed.
KEN BEAUCHAMP – MECHANICAL INSPECTOR / FOREMAN INSPECTOR
Beauchamp joined Jensen Motors in 1961 as a Mechanical Inspector. Beauchamp worked under Foreman Inspector Harry Taylor. After Taylor died in 1972, Beauchamp was promoted by Andrew Bee to Foreman Inspector. He remained at Jensen Motors through to 1976.
KEVIN BEATTIE – CHIEF ENGINEER | MANAGING DIRECTOR
Born in South Africa during 1927, Beattie was educated in England. He found employment with the Rootes Group, joining their design team. During 1959, Beattie heard about a vacancy with the firm of Jensen Motors Ltd, as a Deputy Chief Engineer. He applied for the position and was given the appointment of Deputy Chief Engineer on 1st January 1960, working under Chief Engineer Eric Neale. By 1965, Beattie was appointed to the Board and was committed to the idea of a CV8 replacement being styled in Italy, Brian Owen agreed. Although the Jensen brothers and Neale were against the idea, John Boex agreed with Beattie and Owen. Shortly afterwards Beattie was obtaining design ideas from various Italian design houses. Unhappy about his position within the company, Neale retired in late Spring 1966, Beattie took over his title of Chief Engineer with a salary of £2,950. After Alfred Vickers resigned as Managing Director in July 1973, Beattie took on this appointment. It was to be short lived, as he had to relinquish his post in late 1974 through illness. Beattie died in 1975 aged 48.
ERIC ‘BECKERS’ BECKLEY – TEST DRIVER – INTERCEPTORS
Eric ‘Beckers’ Beckley, had been the initial Interceptor Test Driver, but as production increased, Derek Starkey was moved across from one of the other departments to share the testing with Beckley. Both men had to take out an Interceptor with slave wheels / tyres, slave seat, and slave clock, and drive the car for 500 miles (?). When the car was brought back they had to fill in a report sheet, with any rectification work required. According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Beckley had started at the Carter’s Green factory, and moved to Kelvin Way. Finish date not known.
ANDREW BEE – CHIEF QUALITY ENGINEER
Bee came from Rolls Royce to Jensen Motors Ltd in 1971. His position involved checking the quality of all manufactured parts, which would form the completed car. The position of Quality Engineer was brought in during 1971 to deal with overall quality control issues. The quality Engineers position was higher than the Line Inspector. Bee left Jensen in 1975 (?). See also Paul Turner & Alan Stanyer.
JOE BELCHER – BODY EXPERIMENTAL DEPT FOREMAN
Working at Jensen Motors from the 1950s (?). He remained at Jensen Motors until 1976 (?).
BARRIE BILBIE – CHASSIS ENGINEER
Bilbie joined Jensen Motors in the late 1960s / early 1970s, moving from the Donald Healey organisation. Bilbie apparentley had been instrumental in completing most of the chassis design work for Healey, including the Austin-Healey 100, 100-6, 3000, and Sprite.. Bilbie worked on all chassis related components for Jensen, including steering, suspension, brakes and chassis frame. A much respected design engineer, Bilbie worked on the Jensen F Type, and G Type, and also designed the underframe for the Jensen Healey. Bilbie remained at Jensen Motors until at least late 1975, and may have stayed until the company closed down.
BILL BINT – SERVICE REPAIR SHOP MANAGER
Bint joined Jensen Motors in 1970 and was subordinate to David Millard the overall Service Manager. He became ill and retired in 1973.
JOHN BOEX – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NORCROS GROUP
Boex was the Managing Director of the Norcros Group, which had the financial holding of Jensen Motors Ltd. Norcros was approached by Alan and Richard Jensen during 1959, and a financial package was agreed. The two Jensen brothers agreed to stay on in the capacity of Chairman, over a five year period, alternating each year. By 1968, Norcros were wondering if it was wise to have Jensen Motors remain as a part of their portfolio. Tony Good and Carl Duerr devised a scheme to move Jensen Motors from Norcros to William Brandt & Sons. In June 1968 Brandt took over financial control of Jensen Motors Ltd. See William Brandt.
JOYCE BOWEN – ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
Bowen joined Jensen Motors not long after the Company moved to Kelvin Way (1964 ?). She was working as a part of the Jensen Motors accounts department team. Bowen left to have a baby, but re-joined not long after. With the collapse of Jensen Motors in 1976, Bowen was asked by Edmiston to join Jensen Parts & Service as Chief Cashier. Bowen later moved over to International Motors as Chief Cashier.
JOHN BRACE – TECHNICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Brace worked under the Service Manager,, David Millard, from 1968 (?). Both Brace and Chambers would often be required to go out to view cars, which had mechanical or bodywork problems. A Jensen Motors Field Report would be filled in. Based on this report, Jensen Motors would decide what appropriate action should be taken. Brace remained with Jensen Motors until their closure in 1976. After the closure of Jensen Motors, Brace joined Jensen Parts & Service. He moved to International Motors, and retired as a Subaru Franchise Director.
WILLIAM BRANDT – CHAIRMAN OF WILLIAM BRANDT & SONS
Contacted by Tony Good and Carl Duerr, Brandt agreed to take on Jensen Motors from the Norcros Group. The deal was completed in June 1968, and ironically led to Carl Duerr being replaced by Alfred Vickers as Managing Director of Jensen Motors in 1970. See also John Boex.
JIM F.H. BRANSON – MANAGER, SALES ADMINISTRATION
Branson’s father was a partner with the law firm, Linklater & Paines, and wished his son to follow in his footsteps. Branson was articled at L & P, but left shortly after his father died. After leaving the law firm, Branson joined Coombes of Guildford, before joining Jensen Motors Ltd in 1957. For a while he weekly commuted from Surrey to the Midlands, staying at the Station Hotel, Dudley. The family then moved into a house just outside Bromsgrove. By the beginning of the 1960s, Branson was promoted to Sales Manager, presumably on the retirment of Major Weir. When Graves joined the company in 1966, one of his first jobs was to make Branson redundant. Branson returned to Jensen Motors in 1968 after seeing an advert Sales Administration Manager. When Graves saw the application, he asked Tony Marshall (then Sales Manager) if he would be happy for Branson to come back, since he had been made redundant from the position of Sales Manager. Marshall had no problem with that, and Branson was accepted for the job. He remained with Jensen Motors until the end and then moved to International Motors as Administration Sales Manager.
BARBARA CAMPBELL – ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT
Campbell had joined Jensen Motors in the earlier 1950s, working within the accounts office at Carter’s Green. She moved over to Kelvin Way in the 1960s, becoming Head of Accounts Department. According to Ron Freckleton, Campbell retired when the Company went into liquidation during 1976.
MICHAEL F.CHAMBERS – TECHNICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Chambers joined Jensen Motors in 1969 working under the Service Manager, David Millard. Both Chambers and Brace were responsible for looking after the distributors and dealers technical affairs. They would also assess the suitability and setting up of new dealers. Other responsibilities included the issuing of technical manuals and handbooks. Both Chambers and Brace would often be required to go out to view cars, which had mechanical or bodywork problems. A Jensen Motors Field Report would be filled in. Based on this report, Jensen Motors would decide what appropriate action should be taken. Chambers was later made Sales Manager when Tony Marshall was made Marketing Manager. Chambers left Jensen Motors in 1975.
H.C.CLARK – GENERAL MANAGER
Start / finish dates not known. Was working at Jensen Motors from the late 1950s / early 1960s. Involved with the Volvo P1800 contract work.
ERIC CLANCY – LINE ASSEMBLY WORKER
Clancy was working at the factory from the beginning of the 1960s (possibly before). Initially he had worked in the fibreglass department, but then worked on the assembly line. Former employee, Clive Kendrick remembers that Clancy was often pulled off the assembly line when the fibreglass department needed another pair of hands. He remained at the factory until about 1975.
GEORGE COLEMAN – SENIOR CHASSIS DRAUGHTSMAN
Senior draughtsman. Nick Maltby (Jensen Motors draughtsman) recollects that Coleman was a quiet and unassuming man but very talented. Apparently Kevin Beattie relied on him a great deal. Coleman was approximately 30 in 1964. Start / Finishing dates not known, although Coleman did move to the Kelvin Way Drawing Office. Coleman came to Jensen Motors from H.W. Ward and Company of Birmingham, the renowned, machine tool manufacturer. Coleman may have come to Jensen Motors to take over from Colin Riekie.
HARRY COTTELL – BODY / TRIM SUPERINTENDENT
Cottell had been with the company since 1927, joining as a body builder at the age of 20. By the 1960s, he was Foreman of the Body Building Shop / Body & Trim Superintendent. Cottell was also Secretary & Treasurer of the Sickness and Dividend Society, of which he was a founding member. He remained with Jensen Motors until 1971, retiring on the 1st October of that year.
HARRY COUPE – ASSISTANT CHEF INSPECTOR
Ron Freckleton remembers Coupe as a humerous character. Apparently the girls in accounts used to call him (jokingly) Harry Hardtop (for obvious reasons). Coupe was at carter’s Green, but may not have moved to Kelvin Way.
GWEN COCKAYNE – HEAD OF ACCOUNTS
According to Ron Freckleton, Cockayne had worked at Carter’s Green from the 1950s, becoming head of the accounts department. She moved to the accounts department at Kelvin Way, and then was offered a job at Jensen Parts & Service before retiring.
DAVID COLEY – SERVICE REPAIR SHOP (BODY / TRIM) FOREMAN
David Coley joined Jensen Motors in the 1950s and remained with them until the 1970s. Exact dates not known.
JOHN COPE-LEWIS – GENERAL WORKS MANAGER
Cope-Lewis joined Jensen Motors in 1965. He was one of the four men, which went out to evaluate Vignale in Italy. The others were Beattie, Neale and Smith. He left the company in 1967 (?).
FREDERICK E CORBIN – SHAREHOLDER & BOARD MEMBER
Frederick Eli Corbin was born on the 17th May 1901, in Whitstable, Kent, but was brought up in St Helier on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Corbin trained as a chartered accountant, he was an ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) in 1930. Corbin applied for the Freedom of the City of London and in 1934 he was working at Messrs Blakemoor, Elgar & Co. of Kings Bench Walk, Temple, London EC4, acting mainly as a liquidator. By 1949, Corbin had become a shareholder in Jensen Motors Limited, and held a directorship in the company. Grace’s Guide shows Corbin retaining his directorship in 1953, but how much longer he remained on the board isn’t known. In later years Corbin set up in practice on his own at 124 Chancery Lane, London WC2, he was by then an FCA (Fellow Chartered Accountant). Corbin died in 1971.
JOHN E.CRANE – SHIPPING MANAGER
Crane was appointed Shipping Manager at Jensen Motors in November 1971. Crane had been initially brought into the company in spring of 1971 as a consultant, advising on export / import matters.
ARTHUR CROWE – PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
According to Ron Freckleton, Crowe had worked at Carter’s Green, and may not have moved to Kelvin Way. Start / finish dates required.
JIM D’MAINE – HEAD OF TRIM DEPARTMENT
Jim D’Maine had joined Jensen Motors back at the Carter Green days as a trimmer. He remained with Jensen Motors through to 1976, heading the trim department.
ERIC DANCER – PURCHASING MANAGER
Dancer joined Jensen Motors in 1967 (?) and left in 1971.
COLIN DAVIS – CONTRACT ENGINEER
Davis was contracted by Jensen Motors to liase with Vignale. He lived in Italy, and was essentially dealing mostly with financial issues, but also dealing with some engineering issues. Davis spoke fluent Italian, so he was a great help throughout the Interceptor prototype and early production stages. Contract period 1966 / 67. Davis was often contracted by UK firms dealing with Italian styling houses. Incredibly, none of the books written about the Interceptor, mention Colin Davis, an amzing oversight since he was such a key player in the Interceptor story. Davis had a racing background in his youth, to some extent following the footsteps of his famous father, racing driver Sammy Davis.
DEREK R. DAY – PERSONNEL MANAGER
Start and finish dates not known. Was working as Personnel Manager in the 1970s.
MICHAEL DAY – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Day had been a Technical Director of Silver City Airways (apart of British Aviation Services). Norcros brought Day to Jensen Motors Ltd, appointing him as Managing Director in 1963. Day had no previous experience of the motor industry and was not a particularly good choice. Within a year he was replaced by Brian Owen.
ALAN DIGNAN – FIELD SALES EXECUTIVE
Dignan was brought to Jensen Motors from Standard Triumph by Richard Graves in 1971. He left around 1973 (?) after gaining a position at British Leyland.
CARL DUERR – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF JENSEN MOTORS
Duerr was born in Chicago during 1916. Directly after Second World War, Duerr with the rank of Colonel, was a member of a team based in Vienna, implementing the Marshall Plan. After moving into the world of cinema as an actor, Duerr later moved into business as a freelance ‘trouble-shooter’ or ‘turn-around’ man. Duerr was brought into Jensen Motors by the Norcros Group in January 1968 as a Consultant Managing Director (in other words a ‘turn-a-round’ man). His brief was to determine if Jensen Motors Ltd should remain a part of the new Norcros structure, and if it did, what was to be done with it. Duerr was a dynamic character, who was often both loved and hated by the workforce. As with many of those working at Jensen Motors, he became emotionally involved with the product of the company, in this instance Jensen cars’, a mistake for a ‘turn-a-round’ man. Duerr was pushed into resigning during 1970. He died in 1988. Duerr’s work and overall career are outside of what can be written here under Key Personalities (further reading, ‘Management Kinetics’ by Carl Duerr).
RON ECCLESTON – WORKS MANAGER
Eccleston joined Jensen Motors in 1969 (?) and was in control of manufacturing – mechanical / body assembly. He left the company in 1974 (?)
BOB EDMISTON – FINANCIAL CONTROLLER & COMPANY SECRETARY
Edmiston was born in India in 1946. After spending his childhood in Nairobi, Edmiston started his career as a bank clerk in London. He later worked at Chrysler International as a treasury clerk and then with Ford as a financial analyst. In 1970 he joined Chrysler UK as a financial manager. In 1974 Edmiston was appointed Financial Controller & Company Secretary with Jensen Motors Ltd. Kjell Qvale was impressed with Edmiston and in 1976; after Jensen Motors had gone into receivership; he asked Edmiston if he would be interested in starting a new company called Jensen Parts & Service Ltd. Edmiston was interested and used his redundancy plus a loan to gain a 15% stake in the new company. Edmiston asked Ian Orford to join. Orford accepted and was taken on with his old title of Parts Manager. Edmiston had little involvement with Jensen Parts & Service Ltd, leaving its day to day running under Orford. By 1978 Edmiston appointed Orford as General Manager and offered him the chance to buy Jensen Parts & Service from him, which Orford succeeded in doing. Under Orford’s direction the company offered everything from parts, to servicing, to complete restoration of Jensen cars. Ultimately, this led to the building of new Interceptors ( Interceptor S4), and a company name change to Jensen Cars Ltd.
JACK EGGERSON – PRESS SHOP FOREMAN
Start / Finish dates not known. Ron Freckleton confirms Eggerson was Press Shop Foreman at the beginning of the 1970s.
PATRICIA EVANS – CANTEEN MANAGERESS
Start / finish dates not known. Evans married Ken Beauchamp in 1963. Many Jensen employees attended the wedding, including Bill Sylvester and Ron Freckleton.
LEN FERNLEY – COMPANY SECRETARY
Fernley took over the position of Company Secretary from Stevenson in 1964. He retired in 1968 and Geoff Thomson took over.
CHRIS FRANCIS – FIBREGLASS PRODUCTION
Working in the Fibreglass Department. Started beginning of the 1960s (?). Remained at Jensen Motors until 1976 (?). Francis was also a Shop Steward. In 1963 Francis managed to out vote Gilbert Hughes, and became Head Shop Steward. According to Ron Freckleton, Francis was particularly antagonistic to management. By 1966, even the work force were not happy with Francis, and Gilbert Hughes was voted back in as Head Shop Steward again. By the middle 1970s, Alan Vincent brought Francis over to the Development Department.
RON FRECKLETON – PRESS SHOP MANAGER
Ronald Freckleton joined Jensen Motors in 1951 from Austin Motor Group. He started work in the Trim Shop, quickly moving to the Press Shop. Later Freckleton became Press Shop Foreman. After a short stint in the Planning Office, Freckleton moved back to the Press Shop in 1970, as the Press Shop Manager. In 1972, Freckleton, along with Sid Fenn, helped establish Cwm Gors Press & Fabrications in South Wales. This was a joint venture between Jensen Motors and Swansea Jig & Tool. Following the oil crisis, CGP&F closed down. Freckleton returned to Jensen Motors and continued working there until the company closed down in 1976. Post-Jensen Motors, Freckleton became one of the founders of Jensen Parts & Service, with Ian Orford working directly under him. When International Motors evolved, Freckleton moved across, becoming the Managing Director of International Motors Parts & Service Ltd. Freckleton retired in 1992.
Acknowledgements: Neil Freckleton.
ALBERT GRAY – FOREMAN
Gray joined Jesnen Motors in 1964 working on the Sunbeam Tiger. After being made redundant in 1967, he re-joined Jensen working on Interceptor suspension build up. In 1972, Gray was givne the position of Foreman on the Jensen Healey line. Gray remained at Jensen Motors until 1976. He took voluntary redundancy in early 1976.
RICHARD A.GRAVES – MARKETING DIRECTOR
Graves joined Jensen Motors in March 1966, having previously worked for Rolls Royce from 1959. Kevin Beattie persuaded Graves to come and work at Jensen Motors and help with the launch of the new Italian designed Jensen cars. He remained with Jensen Motors until 1975, resigning after an argument with Qvale.
JOHN A.GRIFFITHS – RECIEVER & MANAGER
With Kevin Beattie having died in summer of 1975, and Qvale having lost interest in the Company, a reciever was appointed. John Griffiths was appointed as Reciever & Manager of Jensen Motors on 15th September 1975, and remained in that position until the closure in 1976.
JOHN HACKETT – PARTS MANAGER
Initially brought in as Parts Manager during the late 1950s, but as the company grew, Mike Stadden was brought in over Hackett. Hackett left Jensen Motors in 1975.
ANNE HALL – RICHARD JENSEN’S SECRETARY
Anne Hall (nee Partridge). Start and finish dates not known.
G.HAMMOND-COE – PARTS & SERVICE MANAGEMENT
The 1972 Motor Show paper issued by Jensen Motors gives the appointment of Hammond-Coe. The paper states that Hammond-Coe came from an existing Jensen distrubtor. Finish date not known.
ARTHUR HARPER – FOREMAN MECHANICAL
Joining Jensen Motors in 1961, it was Harper’s job to test drive each Jensen car after the general inspection period was completed. Testing the dynamics of the car, Harper would often drive the car before the entire trim was fitted, a so called ‘slave seat’ was fitted into the driving side of the car. According to David Millard the former Service Manager at Jensen Motors, cars would be driven by Harper up the Newton Road at West Bromwich. During this period it was quite feasible to give the cars a burst up to 100 mph to check for any problems. He remained with the company until 1976.
ARTHUR HARRIS – SERVICE REPAIR SHOP MANAGER
Harris took over the position of Service Repair Shop Manager when Bint retired in 1973. As with Bint, Harris was directly subordinate to David Millard the overall Service Manager. He remained with the company until 1976.
TOMMY HARTLAND – SUB-ASSEMBLY WORKER
Starting at Jensen Motors at the beginning of the 1960s , and finishing 1975/76, Hartland was responsible for stripping down the ancillaries off the torquise (later orange) painted Chrysler engines, and spraying them black ready for fitting to Jensen cars.
JOE HARTLAND – SUB-ASSEMBLY WORKER
Starting at Jensen Motors at the beginning of the 1960s , and finishing 1975/76, Joe Hartland and his brother were responsible for stripping down the ancillaries off the torquise (later orange) painted Chrysler engines, and spraying them black ready for fitting to Jensen cars.
ANGELA HAYWOOD – WAGES OFFICE
Haywood was a junior within the Wages Office in 1974. She married in 1974 becoming Angela Darnell.
K. HAYWARD – SECRETARY
Haywood (first name not known) was working as a secretary in the Company Secretary’s Office. Start / Finish dates not known. Possible relation to Angela Haywood (?)
DONALD HEALEY – CHAIRMAN OF JENSEN MOTORS LTD
Healey was invited to become the new Chairman of Jensen Motors Ltd from 1970 until 1973.
TOM HINDLEY – CHIEF INSPECTOR
According to former Jensen employee, Ken Beauchamp, Hindley was Chief Inspector on the Volvo P1800 line. Start / finish dates not known.
ARTHUR HOLLOWAY – FINAL INSPECTION TEAM
Working at Jensen Motors during the 1960s. Exact dates not presently known
GORDON HOLT – BODY ENGINEER / PURCHASING
Holt completed his apprenticeship at Rover and joined Jensen Motors Ltd during the 1950’s as a draughtsman. He left in 1961 after being offered a position at Austin. Remaining in contact with Eric Neale, Holt was contacted in late 1965 in connection with re-joining Jensen Motors. Neale wanted Holt back at Jensen Motors to assist with matters relating to the new Italian styled bodies. Holt agreed and re-joined Jensen Motors in late 1965. Unhappy with the entire ‘Italian’ episode, Neale left Jensen Motors in Spring 1966. Holt remained at Jensen Motors and headed the body design team, to oversee the assembly and finishing of bodies. Other duties included incorporating design improvements and updates also liasing with outside suppliers. Holt remained at Jensen Motors until 1975 and then found a position at Jaguar Motors.
DAVID HOPKINS – SETTER – PRESS SHOP
According to Ron Freckleton, Hopkins was working in the press shop as a setter before he started there (1951). Apparently, Hopkins moved to Kelvin Way, and moved to Jensen Parts & Service, working in the stores.
GILBERT HUGHES – TRIMMER UNDER D’MAINE – HEADED TRIM SHOP AT JENSEN PARTS & SERVICE
Having started at Jensen Motors during the 1960s (date not known), Hughes remained at Jensen Motors until 1976. He moved over to Jensen Parts & Service, becoming Head of a much reduced Trim shop. According to Ron Freckleton, the much reduced trim shop included one of the girls who had worked at Jensen Motors, Maureen Gibb. She was a sewing Machinest.
ALBERT E. JACKSON – CHAUFFEUR / COMPANY DRIVER
Brought to Jensen Motors by Carl Duerr. Jackson had been working at the Albany Hotel, Birmingham, a hotel that Duerr used quite frequently. Duerr took a liking to Jackson’s manner and offered him a position as chauffeur at Jensen Motors. He started employment at Jensen Motors between 1968 / 1969 and remained with the company into the 1970s.
SAM JAMES – PAINT SHOP FOREMAN
James joined Jensen Motors when the company was run by the two Jensen brothers. He remained with the company until the 1970’s.
ALAN JENSEN – CO-FOUNDER OF JENSEN MOTORS LTD WITH HIS BROTHER RICHARD.
Retired from Jensen Motors Ltd in 1966 on grounds of ill health, however, both Jensen brothers had been against the replacement to the CV8 being styled in Italy and were upset that they lost the battle to have the styling remaining ‘in house’. Read further information about Alan Jensen in the article, History Of Jensen Motors (History | Heritage).
RICHARD JENSEN – CO-FOUNDER OF JENSEN MOTORS LTD WITH HIS BROTHER ALAN.
Retired from Jensen Motors Ltd in 1966 on grounds of ill health, however, both Jensen brothers had been against the replacement to the CV8 being styled in Italy and were upset that they lost the battle to have the styling remaining ‘in house’. Read further information about Richard Jensen in the article, History Of Jensen Motors (History | Heritage)
DAVID JONES – WORKS DIRECTOR
Jones joined Jensen Motors in 1968 (?) and left in 1970.
FRANK JONES – DEVELOPMENT DEPT
Jones joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s (?). He worked in the Development Department under Brian Spicer, and was involved with body & trim.
MIKE JONES – CHIEF DESIGNER, LATER CHIEF ENGINEER
Jones came to work at Jensen Motors from Rootes in February 1964, initially working on chassis engineering to the Sunbeam Tiger within the Design & drawing Department. Later he became Assistant Chief Engineer under Beattie, and was involved in development work on the Jensen FF, before leaving in December 1967 to join Ford. Jones rejoined Jensen Motors again in October 1972 as Chief Designer, and was later given the position of Chief Engineer after Beattie went on extended sick leave. Jones left Jensen Motors in July 1975.
SAMMY JONES – FOREMAN PAINTER
Jones was Foreman Painter at the Carter’s green factory. Start & finish dates not known.
FRANK JOHNSON – WARRANTY CLAIMS MANAGER
Johnson joined Jensen Motors in 1969 to run the Warranty Claims Section. He remained in that position until retiring in August 1974
TOM E.KILLEEN – SERVICE MANAGER
Born in Erdington, Birmingham in 1904, Killeen joined Jensen Motors in the 1930s as an engineer. He left the company in 1939, joining the RAF as a Flight Lieutenant, and spent much of his war service overseeing the repair of Spitfires. Typically; as with many companies; Jensen Motors kept his job open throughout the war years, which allowed Killeen to re-join after being demobbed from the RAF in 1946. As an aside to working at Jensen Motors, Killeen, a talented draughtsman, as well as an excellent engineer, started making small racing car, which was named the ‘K 1’. Drawings were started in 1950, and the completed car was finished in 1953. With ‘K 1’ finished, Killeen started work on his next car, and ‘K 1’ became the start of the so-called ‘K Series’. Just under 20 ‘K Series’ had been completed by the 1980s. By 1955 Killeen had taken over as Service Manager at Jensen Motors, a position he held until his retirement in 1965. David Millard was brought into Jensen Motors as Service Manager during 1965, with Millard and Killeen working together for approximately six months, before Killeen formally retired as Service Manager. However, Killeen remained at the factory for a further couple of years, spending most of his time designing and making his ‘K Series’. Millard recollects Killeen left Jensen Motors during 1967. Killeen died in 1991.
JENSEN MOTORS EMPLOYEES L – P
ERIC LUCAS – HEAD OF MANUFACTURING
Lucas had been with Massey Ferguson as project manager until joining Jensen Motors in 1971 as Head of Manufacturing. He remained with Jensen Motors until 1973 (?).
DAVID E. LUCAS – GENERAL WORKS MANAGER
Lucas was born in Coventry where he served an engineering apprenticeship with the Standard Motor Company. Later he became a Toolroom Foreman with the company. Taking over the position of David Jones, Lucas joined Jensen Motors in December 1970. He was brought into Jensen Motors by Alfred Vickers. Lucas left Jensen Motors in 1973 (?).
ROY MARSHALL – TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAMME
According to the 1972 Motor Show paper issued by Jenen Motorss, Marshall was brought in to strengthen the Parts & service department. Start date 1972. Finish date not known.
TONY MARSHALL – EXPORT MANAGER, LATER SALES MANAGER
Marshall had been working at BMC undertaking marketing research. Having seen a small ad in Motor Magazine, Marshall applied for the position of Assistant Sales Manager with Jensen Motors. Initially he was turned down by Richard Graves, based on Grave’s believing the position was too junior to what Marshall already held. Further correspondence led to an interview, and finally to being offered the position in July 1967. Marshall’s starting salary was £1500 per annum, a slight increase on his salary at BMC. Initially working under Wyndham Powell, Marshall was later promoted to Export Manager. After Powell resigned and moved to Aston Martin in 1970, Marshall was promoted to Sales Manager. Marshall left in 1974 to become the Managing Director of Jensen Distributors, Wilmslow Motors.
RAY MEANLEY – TOOL SHOP FOREMAN
Start / Finish dates not known. Ron Freckleton confirms Meanley was working as Tool Shop Foreman at the beginning of the 1970s.
DAVID MILLARD – SERVICE MANAGER AT JENSEN MOTORS
Millard was working for Landrover in 1965, when he saw a small advertisement, which simply asked if the possible applicant could drive a car at 140mph. Millard answered the advertisement in a way that put him on the short list for the position of Service Manager at Jensen Motors Ltd. Once at Jensen Motors, Millard found there was not a fully functioning Service Department. He set about creating a Service Department under a separate roof at the Kelvin way site. By the time Interceptor and FF production was under way, Jensen Motors had a streamlined servicing department headed by Millard. This factory service department was responsible for providing service and expertise to Jensen dealers world wide. Millard was directly subordinate to Richard Graves and later to Qvale. Millard’s official titles were, Service Manager 1965-1971, Service Director 1971-1974, Service & Marketing Director 1974-1976.
STAN MILLER – FOREMAN MECHANIC
Miller joined Jensen Motors in the Carter Green days. Miller was held in high regard by many of the staff at Carter’s Green, and although his position was Foreman Mechanic, he was to all intent the Service Manager. He did not move to Kelvin Way. Dates and further information required.
JACK MOORE – BODY EXPERIMENTAL DEPT FOREMAN
Took over from Joe Belcher as Foreman after Belcher retired.
JOHN MOORE – PRODUCTION FOREMAN
Working at Jensen Motors from at least the beginning of the 1960s. Involved on the Volvo P1800 assembly, then Interceptor.
PAUL MOULDER – ENGINEERING BUYER
Moulder joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s. He moved over to Jensen Parts & Service in 1976, and went to Jensen Special Products. Start date not known.
FRANK NATION – INSPECTOR
Nation joined Jensen Motors in 1944, whilst working under Reserved Occupation. He remained at Jensen Motors through to 1976. He had two sons, Maurice and Frank . Frank junior also worked at Jensen Motors between 1960 and 1962. He married Sandra Bath from the Trim Shop.
ERIC NEALE – CHIEF ENGINEER
Neale was born in 1910 in Halesowen, Worcestershire. He started work with Mulliners in Birmingham in 1927 as an apprentice designer. He left Mulliners in 1929, joining Holbrook Bodies Ltd, and by 1931 had changed position again joining the Singer Motor Company as a body designer. After a couple more career moves, the war started and Neale joined the Royal Air Force. After demobilisation in 1945, Neale returned to the Wolseley Motor Company. He received something of a cold welcome on his return to Wolseley, but a meeting with Richard Jensen led Neale to leave Wolseley and join Jensen Motors Ltd in 1946. He remained with Jensen Motors for twenty years and had an excellent relationship with the two Jensen brothers’. Beattie and Owen were keen to have the CV8 replacement car styled in Italy. Neale and the Jensen brothers’ were opposed to the idea of using an Italian firm for body styling. Neale was unhappy, when he and the Jensen brothers’ were out manoeuvred by Beattie and Owen and this directly led to Neale retiring from the company in late Spring 1966.
KEN OLDHAMS – HOME ORDER CLERK
Employed at Jensen Motors from at least 1973
MARIAN OLDHAMS – MANAGING DIRECTOR’S SECRETARY
Oldhams came in with Brian Owen and remained with Jensen Motors Ltd after he left. She continued as secretary to each Managing Director that took over up to and including Qvale.
IAN ORFORD – PARTS MANAGER, THEN MANAGER & LATER MANAGING DIRECTOR OF JENSEN PARTS & SERVICE
Orford had been working as a mechanic for Jaguar when he applied for the position of Materials Controller with Jensen Motors Ltd during 1968. By 1974 Orford had become Parts Manager at Jensen Motors Ltd, a position he retained until 1976 when he was made redundant. When Edmiston and ostensibly Qvale started Jensen Parts & Service Ltd at a part of the original Kelvin Way site in 1976, Orford was taken on with his old title of Parts Manager. Edmiston had little involvement with Jensen Parts & Service Ltd, leaving its day to day running under Orford. By 1978 Edmiston had appointed Orford as Manager and gave him the opportunity to buy Jensen Parts & Service from him, which Orford succeeded in doing. Under Orford’s direction the company offered everything from parts, to servicing to complete restoration of Jensen cars. By 1984 Orford had gone further and was offering a new Jensen Interceptor, which was launched at the 1984 Earls Court Motor Show. During 1987, Orford changed the name of the company to the more logical Jensen Cars Ltd, a year later he had sold the company to the entrepreneur Hugh Wainwright.
BRIAN OWEN – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF JENSEN MOTORS
Owen a former Lt.Colonel in the army, had been with Westinghouse, which handled the Douglas scooter. Norcros brought Owen to Jensen Motors as a replacement for Michael Day. Although Owen like Day had no experience with the motor industry, he was well liked by most members of the Jensen Motors management; however there were inevitable arguments between Owen and the Jensen brothers over how the company was run. One particular occasion was when Owen had agreed with Beattie that a replacement to the CV8 should be styled in Italy. Despite these arguments, Owen remained as Managing Director of Jensen Motors from 1964 through until January 1968. He resigned, or one should say, was asked to stand down by John Boex, since the Norcros Group were re-evaluating keeping Jensen Motors Ltd on as one of its investments. The enigmatic Carl Duerr replaced Owen in 1968. Owen died in 1994.
IAN PADLEY – WORKS MANAGER
Padley was employed as Works Manager at Jensen Motors from 1967 until 1969 when Ron Eccleston took over the position.
JOHN PAGE – SERVICE MANAGER / DEVELOPEMENT ENGINEER AT JENSEN PARTS & SERVICE
Page started work at Jensen Motors Ltd as a mechanic and remained in that position until 1973, when he was taken on as a part of a team of engineers operating as Technical Service Representatives. By 1974 Page became foreman on the shop floor. After the demise of Jensen Motors Ltd in 1976, Page found immediate employment with Jensen Parts & Service Ltd as the Service Manager, and from 1982 until 1988 was the Development Engineer.
HOWARD PANTON – ASSISTANT TO DEPUTY CHIEF ENGINEER, THEN DEPUTY CHIEF ENGINEER
Panton joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s and worked under Mike Jones in the engineering department. When Jones left, Panton was promoted to Deputy Chief Engineer working directly under Beattie. He left in 1972 (?).
ALF PARMLEY – CHIEF INSPECTOR
Parmley joined Jensen Motors in 1967 (?) and left in 1971 (?).
STEVEN PEARCE – DEFECT INVESTIGATION ENGINEER
Pearce joined Jensen Motors in 1970, and worked directly under David Millard within the Service Department. He left in 1973 (?)
VIC PARSONS – CHASSIS EXPERIMENTAL DEPT FOREMAN
Working at Jensen Motors during the 1960s. Exact dates not presently known.
ALAN PHIPPS – PARTS ORDER SUPERVISOR
Start / finish dates not known. Working at Jensen Motors from at least 1973
G.WYNDHAM POWELL – SALES MANAGER
Powell’s father, Air Commodore Griffith ‘Taffy’ Powell was Managing Director of Silver City Airways. Michael Day, the Managing Director of Jensen Motors between 1963 and 1964 had previously been the Technical Director at Silver City Airways. It was through this association that Wyndham Powell was offered the position of Assistant Sales Manager at Jensen Motors in 1964. When Branson was made redundant in 1966, Powell took over as Sales Manager. During his time at Jensen Motors, Powell became known for his startlingly good memory. During 1970, Powell applied for a position as Sales Manager with Aston Martin (a position which was offering a far greater salary than Powell had at Jensen Motors). Powell resigned from Jensen Motors during 1970. After only being at Aston Martin for a short while, he left them, and moved to Cox & Kings, the shipping/forwarding company.
JESSY POUTNEY – CAR CLEANING
According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Jessy Poutney worked at Jensen Motors as a car cleaner. Starting in the early 1960s, and possibly leaving in the early to middle 1970s.
RAY POUTNEY – PROGRESS CHASER
According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Poutney’s title was Progress Chaser. It was Poutney’s responsibility (as the name implies) to keep a check that there was enough stock available at all times to keep the assembly line moving, and to make sure there was no other reason that might slow down production. Poutney is thought to have started in the later 1960s, working at Jensen Motors until 1975/76.
CHRIS PRICE – EXPORT ORDER CLERK
Start / finish dates not known. Working at Jensen Motors from at least 1973
MAUD PRITCHARD – HEAD OF VALETING
Pritchard joined Jensen Motors in 1970/71 for final cleaning / preparation of cars going to sale. According to John Page, Pritchard had her own bay within the service department, where she would fully valet the cars. Page was always struck by the way she could clean glass to perfection. After the collapse of Jensen Motors in 1976, Pritchard received the news that she could continue on with the new company Jensen Parts & Service. Page recollects that she remained with JP & S / Jensen Cars Ltd, retiring in the 1980s.
ROGER PUGH – EXPORT ORDER CLERK
Start / finish dates not known. Working at Jensen Motors from at least 1973
JENSEN MOTORS EMPLOYEES Q – Z
KJELL QVALE – PRESIDENT
Qvale became President of Jensen Motors Ltd in 1970. This was brought about by discussions with William Brandt. Qvale was to assume control of Jensen Motors Ltd with an overall majority shareholding through the immediate acquisition of Carl Duerrs shares, plus a proportion of those held by Brandt. Tony Good and Kevin Beattie were to remain minor shareholders and were joined by Donald Healey, Geoffrey Healey, Richard Graves.
TOM RICHES – SENIOR ORDER CLERK
Start / finish dates not known. Working at Jensen Motors from at least 1973
COLIN RIEKIE – CHIEF DRAUGHTSMAN
Riekie joined Jensen Motors in 1946. In the following year (1947), Riekie became Chief Draughtsman. His speciality was as chassis engineer, and during his time at Jensen Motors, he worked on the Jen-Tug project, and was particularly involved in chassis design work for the Jensen 541. Riekie left Jensen Motors in October 1957, moving to Rover, and later to Aston Martin. George Coleman may have come to Jensen Motors to take over the position of Colin Riekie.
GEORGE RIEKIE – GENERAL MANAGER
George Riekie was the father of Colin Riekie. He joined Jensen Motors the same time as his son in 1946. George Riekie worked at the Pensnett, Brierley Hill factory, where Jensen Motors were building the JNSN lorries. Riekie became the General Manager at Pensnett.
T. I. ROYAL – GENERAL MANAGER SERVICE & PARTS
Ian Royal joined Jensen Motors in 1971 from Massey Ferguson, where he had held a similar position. He remained at Jensen Motors until 1974 when he moved to the Continent, taking on a senior post with a large international company.
ROBERT SHAFTOE – SUPERINTENDANT OF PRODUCTION LINE & PAINT SHOP
Shaftoe joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s/1970s (date not known) He was Superintendant of the Production Line & Paint Shop, with Bill Silvester answering directly to him. He left the company after their closure in 1976, and didn’t move across to Jensen Parts & Service.
JOE SHAW – WORKS MANAGER
Shaw was employed as Works Manager at Carter’s Green factory. Start & finish dates not known.
JOHN SHEFFIELD – CHAIRMAN OF THE NORCROS GROUP
Sheffield was the Chairman of the Norcros Group, which had the financial holding of Jensen Motors Ltd. Norcros was approached by Alan and Richard Jensen during 1959, and a financial package was agreed. The two Jensen brothers agreed to stay on in the capacity of Chairman, over a five year period, alternating each year. By 1968, Norcros were wondering if it was wise to have Jensen Motors remain as a part of their portfolio. Tony Good and Carl Duerr devised a scheme to move Jensen Motors from Norcros to William Brandt & Sons. In June 1968 Brandt took over financial control of Jensen Motors Ltd. See also John Boex, Managing Director Norcros Group.
ARTHUR (ALFIE) SHILVOCK – ASSEMBLY WORKER
Shilvock worked at Jensen Motors during the 1960s. Start – end dates not known. At one point he worked with Joe Hartland, building up front suspension.
BILL SILVESTER – PRODUCTION MANAGER
An ex-sergeant from the army, Silvester joined Jensen Motors in the 1950s. He was the classic shop floor man. Respected and good at his job, Silvester had a typical sergeant’s voice and could be readily heard above any machinery. According to Neil Freckleton (son of Ron Freckleton), Silvester remained at Jensen Motors until their closure in 1976. Silvester moved over to Jensen Parts & Service and was the Foreman until he retired (retirement date not known).
GEORGE SMITH – CHIEF PRODUCTION ENGINEER
Smith joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s (?) was one of the four men, which went out to evaluate Vignale in Italy. The others were Beattie, Neale and Cope-Lewis. It is not known how long he remained with the company. Ron Freckleton remembers his title as being Head of Rate Fixing. so he may have been involved in both departments during his employment with Jensen Motors. George Smith’s son, Robert, joined Jensen Motors, working as an apprentice within the development department. He later left Jensen and moved to Lucas.
BRIAN SPICER – CHIEF ENGINEER
Spicer was recruited directly by Kevin Beattie in 1964, and worked directly under Beattie as Deputy Chief Engineer, Spicer took over as Chief Engineer after the death of Beattie. He headed the experimental department, and remained at Jensen Motors until 1976. At which time two new companies were formed, Jensen Parts & Service, and Jensen Special Products. Spicer moved to Jensen Special Products as Chief Engineer. After JSP folded, Spicer set up a Subaru delership near Ayr, called S&S Services.
J.C.M STADDON – PARTS MANAGER (LATER PARTS DIRECTOR)
Mike Staddon came to Jensen Motors Ltd from Jaguar in 1969 (?), he was brought in over John Hackett as the company expanded. Staddon was later given the title Parts Director by Qvale. He remained with the company until 1975 (?).
ALAN STANYER – QUALITY ENGINEER
Stanyer joined Andrew Bee as a Quality Engineer in 1972, he was given the job of checking the new Jensen Healey. Stanyer remained at Jensen Motors until 1973.
DEREK STARKEY – TEST DRIVER – INTERCEPTORS
Eric ‘Beckers’ Beckley, had been the initial Interceptor Test Driver, but as production increased, Derek Starkey was moved across from one of the other departments to share the testing with Beckley. Both men had to take out an Interceptor with slave wheels / tyres, slave seat, and slave clock, and drive the car for 500 miles (?). When the car was brought back they had to fill in a report sheet, with any rectification work required. According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Devey had started at the Carter’s Green factory, and moved to Kelvin Way. He remained at Jensen Motors until 1976.
JOHN.B.STEVENSON – COMPANY SECRETARY
Stevenson joined W.J. Smith & Sons (later to become Jensen Motors) in 1928, and remained as Company Secretary until 1964. Stevenson retired in that year. In The Jensen Healey Stories, Browning & Blunsden write about Stevenson “a rotund and cheery character…..a man whom the Jensen brothers and the company owe a great deal.”
D.STEVENTON – TECHNICAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT
Start / finish dates not known. Working at Jensen Motors in 1970s.
PETER SWAIN – DRAWING OFFICE MANAGER
Working at Jensen Motors from at least the early 1960s, and remaining with the Company until 1975. Exact dates not presently known. Nick Maltby, who worked in the drawing office, remembers Swain as a very quitely disposed person. Some members of staff remember Swain’s position as being Chief Electrical Engineer. He may have taken on this position in the later 1960s / 1970s.
HARRY TAYLOR – FOREMAN INSPECTOR
Taylor joined Jensen Motors in the 1950s. He was a keen amateur photographer and would often be asked to photograph something happening within the factory. Outside of professional photograph sessions, even the management would ask Taylor on occasion to take specific photographs. He remained with the company until his death in 1973. After his death, Ken Beauchamp took over as Foreman Inspector.
PATRICIA TAYLOR – ACCOUNTS CLERK
Taylor started work in the Finance Department in 1959 as an Accounts Clerk, working under C. Bates (first name not known) Head of Finance Office. Taylor started dating Bo Samuelson, who came over to Jensen Motors from Volvo to head Body Control of the P1800. The two were engaged in 1961, and later married.
GEOFF THOMSON -COMPANY SECRETARY
Thomson joined Jensen Motors in 1966 Chief Accountant, and then in 1968 took over as Company Secretary, taking over from Len Fernley. He left in 1971, at which time he was replaced by Jack Wilson.
DICK G. THOROWGOOD – SALES PROMOTION MANAGER
Having released Wishlade from employment as Sales Promotion Manager at Jensen Motors, it wasn’t long before it was realised the position was still required. Thorowgood was brought in as the new Sales Promotion Manager around the beginning of 1969, and reported directly to Richard Graves. Apart of his job description was to liase with Good Relations Ltd. Thorowgood only remained at Jensen Motors for approximately two years. According to Tony Marshall, Thorowgood had (along with others) been mentioning that Duerr was unfit to carry on as Managing Director. These comments became known to Duerr, who instantly asked Graves to fire him. See also Elliott Wishlade.
PAUL TURNER – QUALITY ENGINEER
Turner, like Andrew Bee, had worked at Rolls Royce (Turner working in RR Aero Division). Bee had been brought into Jensen Motors to set up a new department of Quality Engineers. Turner was the first to join Bee as a Quality Engineer at the end of 1971, checking the new Interceptor MK.III and SP. Turner remained at Jensen Motors until 1973, at which time he left to start his own business.
ALBERT WADE – SENIOR BODY IN WHITE INSPECTION FOREMAN
According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Wade was a tall , red faced chap in his sixties, originally from Yorkshire. Start / Finish dates not known. Was working at the factory from late 1960s through to 1970s.
JOHN BARRY WALKER – TECHNICAL SERVICE MANAGER – ASSISTANT SERVICE MANAGER
Walker had served his apprenticeship with Austin and later joined Jensen Motors in 1969 (?) as Technical Service Manager / Assistant Service Manager directly under David Millard. He remained with the company until the mid-1970s.
HUGH WAINWRIGHT – CHAIRMAN OF JENSEN CARS LTD AFTER THE BUYOUT OF THE COMPANY IN 1988
Wainwright had contacted Orford during 1983, he wanted Orford to restore a Jensen Interceptor Mk.III for him. Three years later Orford received a communication via Wainwright’s solicitor asking Orford if he would be interested in selling the company to him. Negotiations took place and finally on the 1st January 1988, Wainwright took over the company. Not long after taking over the company, Wainwright purchased a Jensen FF from a customer (see FF story 127/298), which was to be used as his personal transport along with the Interceptor. The company floundered during the 1990’s and eventually went into liquidation.
ERIC WARD – TRIM SHOP
Ward joined Jensen Motors in the 1950s working in the trim shop. He remained with Jensen Motors until 1976. During the 1970s, Ward’s son obtained an apprentership at Jensen Motors, and worked under John Page in the service department. After the collapse of Jensen Motors, Eric Ward carried on working with Jensen Parts & Service. During the time with JP & S, Ward was the main trimmer with Gilbert Hughes. He left the company after the demise of Jensen Cars Ltd, but carried on trimming Jensen cars on a private basis.
GERALD WATSON – PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Watson joined Jensen Motors and started work in the Personnel Department. He was the husband of Trina Watson, also working at the factory. Start / finish dates not known.
TINA WATSON – ASSEMBLY WORKER
According to former employee, Clive Kendrick, Watson was working on the Healey 3000 line. She was involved with fitting up the fascia panels. Start / finish dates not known.
MAJOR HENRY WEIR – SALES MANAGER
Weir was Sales Manager at the Carter’s Green factory. He may not have moved across to Kelvin Way, and probably retired not long after. Start & finish dates not known. His position was probably taken by Jim Branson. Major Henry Mervyn Wier won the Military Medal during W.W.I.
FRANK WELSH – NOMINEE CHAIRMAN OF JENSEN MOTORS
Welsh was placed as a nominee Chairman of Jensen Motors Ltd, from June 1968 until 1972 by William Brandt.
TONY WHARTON – MECHANIC
Wharton joined Jensen Motors at the beginning of the 1970s, and remained with the Company until its closure in 1976. Wharton joined Jensen Parts & Service in 1979, and later became the Service Manager.
RAY WHITEHOUSE – ASSEMBLY LINE
Working from the 1960s through to around 1975. He worked on the assembly line fitting up lights etc. Former worker, Clive Kendrick remembers Whitehouse was a keen footballer, and played for a while as an amateur with Telford Football Club .
PHIL WILLIAMS – COMPUTER MANAGER
Start date not known, but presumed 1970s. Remained at Jensen Motors until 1976, and then moved across to Jensen Parts & Service. Jensen Motors had the IBM system 3 Model 10, housed in the computer room in the main administration building. The System 3 Model 10 was introduced in 1969. It is not known if Jensen Motors took on this system when it was introduced, or some short while later.
JACK H.WILSON – COMPANY SECRETARY
Wilson took over from Thompson as Company Secretary in 1971. He had previously been the Chief Developments Accountant with Simon Engineering. He remained at Jensen Motors until 1974. Bob Edmiston took over as Company Secretary & Financial Controller in 1974.
BARBARA WINTERBOURNE – SECRETARY / PA
Start / Finish dates not known. Seccretary / PA to Kevin Beattie (?). Secretary to Alan Vincent when he became Technical Director of the Development Department.
JIM WINTON – SERVICE RECEPTIONIST
Winton was brought into Jensen Motors by David Millard the Service Manager in 1967,as a part of the re-development of the Service Department. He remained with the company until 1975.
ELLIOTT WISHLADE – SALES PROMOTION MANAGER
Wishlade had been with Rover in a public relations capacity before joining Jensen Motors Ltd in 1967. Wishlade had known Gethin Bradley from his time at Rover and in his capacity as Sales Promotion Manager would often be in contact with Good and Bradley at Good Relations Ltd. It was Wishlades’ job to organise the motor shows and brochures etc. Duerr was told by Norcros to cut the sales force at Jensen Motors, eventually it was agreed that one member of the force would be made redundant, which was Wishlade. Tony Marshall, former Sales Manager, believes Wishlade was made redundant around summer 1968. He later lived in South Africa, where he died. See also Dick Thorowgood.
ALFRED VICKERS – MANAGING DIRECTOR JENSEN MOTORS
Vickers was born in 1917 and after a distinguished academic career at Manchester University, joined Rolls Royce. His initial appointment was as a student engineer within the experimental department. At the age of 23 he was given a promotion to Deputy Technical Production Manager at the Rolls Royce Glasgow factory. Vickers was placed in charge of the development of the Rolls Royce Merlin aero engine. Two years later, a new factory was built at Trafford Park and Vickers was promoted to Technical Production Manager.
After the Second World War, Vickers decided to start his own business. Acquiring a derelict building, he started manufacturing metal window frames. Within four years the business had become one of the largest of its type within the country. Rolls Royce persuaded Vickers back to them in 1951, his new position was to supervise the establishment of a completely autonomous company, which were to handle the manufacture of the Avon jet engine. Later he was giving the position of Engineering Manager for the entire Rolls Royce Scottish Group. Vickers left Rolls Royce again, after Ministry contract work on the aero engine ended.
By the late 1960’s, Vickers was acting as a freelance consultant. This brought him into contact with William Brandt & Sons, who were looking closely at the future of Jensen Motors. Jensen Motors Ltd were not financially sound even by 1969 when the Interceptor was at its most successful in the market place. William Brandt brought Vickers in to investigate Jensen Motors Ltd and report back on the future of the company. After reporting back none too enthusiastically about the finances and organisation with Jensen Motors Ltd, Brandt asked him to stay on as a General manager of the holding company.
Vickers and Duerr understandably did not get on. When Jensen Motors Ltd were bought out by Kjell Qvale in 1970, Duerr was asked to resign and Vickers was appointed Managing Director. Vickers felt (correctly) that the quality of the cars being produced was not good enough, so he dropped production down from 15 cars a week to 10 cars. The quality of these cars immediately improved. This proved the point that Graves and his marketing team had been making to Duerr since his appointment. Vickers resigned from Jensen Motors in July 1973, moving to Cosworth as a Director of the company. Beattie took over as Managing Director.
ALAN VINCENT – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Joined from Chrysler (UK) 1973. Vincent was interviewed by Kevin Beattie, and was given a position as Development Engineer, although it was agreed that his position would be raised to Technical Director after a year. Vincent remained at Jensen Motors until 1976, at which time two new companies were formed, Jensen Parts & Service, and Jensen Special Products. During late 1975, Vincent, with Ray Allsopp, engaged in talks with the Reciever. Vincent had an idea of keeping the entire Development Department & Drawing Office on after the closure of Jensen Motors. He also managed to get Allsopp on board as a possible partner of a new company. The Reciever agreed to the overall idea, but made it clear the department’s employees must not be told until after the closure of the Company. Vincent and Allsopp managed to get the required loan from the bank to buy the ‘DD’ and DO’ from the Reciever, and that is what happened directly after closure of Jensen Motors. Jensen Special Products was born.
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