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Jensen Motors Personnel

Jensen Motors Personnel 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”.

This A-Z combines management, foremen, and shop floor employees, along with their job descriptions – if known. The A-Z is constantly being updated. If you worked at Jensen Motors, or a member of your family worked at Jensen Motors, we would love to hear from you.

 

JENSEN MOTORS PERSONNEL A – K

 

RAY ALLSOPP – PRODUCTION DIRECTOR AT JENSEN MOTORS

Allsopp Jensen Motors around 1973, as Chief Production Engineer, taking over from Don Large. According to Phil Campion (see under his entry), Allsopp came from Peugeot. Allsopp remained at Jensen Motors until 1976.  Around 1974/75, Allsopp was promoted to production Director, at which time, he promoted Stan Sharman to Chief Production Engineer. During late 1975, Alan Vincent and Ray Allsopp, engaged in talks with the Receiver.

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 Receiver 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 Receiver, 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 liaising 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. Baker continued to work at Jensen Motors until 1976.

JOHN BAKER – FOREMAN MECHANIC | RECTIFICATION MANAGER

Baker joined Jensen Motors in the later 1960s, becoming a Foreman Mechanic with electrics as a speciality. He later toook on the title of Rectification Manager. He 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.

TOMMY BARKER – PROGRESS CHASER

Started late 1960s (?). Kendrick (see under K) remembers Barker as being a very well spoken man. He originally joined Jensen Motors as a storeman, but within months became a Progress Chaser. According to Kendrick, he was always dressed immaculately, and since his hobby was ballroom dancing, he would sometimes come into work with his shiny black dancing shoes.

BILLIE BARRETT – ASSEMBLY LINE

Working on Interceptor line 1970/72 to approximately 1974/75. Lived in Walsall. Fitted bumpers and chrome to cars.

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. First name not known.

P.BLAKEMEN – APPRENTICE

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

TOM  ‘TOMMY’ BEARD – PURCHASING MANAGER (POSSIBLY PRODUCTION MANAGER)

Beard probably joined Jensen Motors back in the Carter’s Green days. Phil Campion (see his entry under C) believes Beard was Purchasing Manager, and was promoted to that position after Eric Dancer left in 1971. Nick Maltby, former draughtsman at Carter’s Green factory,  thinks Beard was a Production Manager. He also remembers that Beard’s wife was also employed there as a Secretary. Beard may have retired around 1972/73.

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. Mike Jones states Beattie relinquished his job as Managing Director, and took the title of Director Of Engineering. 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 1970. At Rolls Royce he had headed up a Quality Engineering Department. Richard Graves moved from RR to Jensen Motors, and telephoned Bee in 1970, asking him if Bee would like to come to Jensen Motors and set up a Quality Engineering Department. Bee agreed, and moved to Jensen Motors. His position involved checking the quality of all manufactured parts, which would form the completed car. Bee would also be responsible for all the Inspectors.

Bee’s first task was to employ a deputy (Peter Thompson), and two Quality Engineers (Paul Turner & Alan Stanyer). The quality Engineers position was higher than the Line Inspector. Bee left Jensen in 1975 (?).

JOE BELCHER – BODY EXPERIMENTAL DEPT FOREMAN

Working at Jensen Motors from the 1950s (?). It is believed he retired around 1974.

BARRIE BILBIE – CHASSIS ENGINEER

Bilbie joined Jensen Motors in the late 1960s / early 1970s, moving from the Donald Healey organisation. Bilbie apparently 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.

CHARLIE BILLINGHAM – SHEET METAL WORKER

Joined 1960s (?). Finish date not known.

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.

DES BLAKEMORE – ELECTRICAL ASSEMBLY

Start and finish dated not known. But known to be working at the factory from the 1960s and into the 1970s.

TREVOR BLUNT – INSPECTOR ON INTERCEPTORS

Start and finish dates not known, but working at Jensen Motors from at least 1971 and through to at least 1974.

JOHN BOEX – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF NORCROS GROUP

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZBoex 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. Bowen’s name is on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003 (her name spelt Bower ?).

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.

DON BRADLEY – MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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 retirement 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.

DENNIS BROTHERTON – PANEL BEATER

Brotherton joined Jensen Motors after production of the Interceptor started (probably around 1969), and remained employed by the Company until 1976.

He was on the Interceptor line, and would sometimes be put on rectification work.

 

 

HELGA BURFORD – ASSEMBLY WORKER

Helga Burford was German. She married a British soldier stationed in Germany just at the end of the Second World War (Jimmy Burford). She came and settled in West Bromwich. Jimmy Burford worked at Longbridge, and Helga joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s, working on the Austin Healey 3000 sub-assembly. She was a part of the s-called girls gang. Five girls working together, Inga Churms (also German), Tina Watson, Maud Pritchard, and Stella Skinner. Both Helga Burford’s daughters worked at Jensen Motors for a while. Maureen Burford in Trim, and Iris in offices. finish date not known, but probably left not long after Austin Healey contract ended.

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.

PHILIP CAMPION – PROJECT ENGINEER

Campion joined Jensen Motors in 1970, at the age of 22, being interviewed by Ron Ecclestone, the Works Manager. Previously, he had worked at Brockhouse Transmissions, having served his apprenticeship between 1965 and 1970 at the Brockhouse Engineering Group, based at hill Top, West Bromwich. Initially Campion was working on projects related to capital expenditure equipment in the Press Shop, Machine Shop and assembly lines.

The scope of his projects over the six years at Jensen Motors, encompassed the majority of manufacturing and assembly areas of both the Interceptor variants, and Jensen Healey / GT. Campion’s immediate boss was Don Large (Chief Production Engineer). He remained at Jensen Motors from 1970 through to 1976. Campion left Jensen Motors when they closed in 1976, and joined Crabtree Electrical in Walsall. After three years with Crabtree, he joined the Mobil Oil Co Ltd, where he remained for the next 28 years.

ALFRED CARTER – POSITION NOT KNOWN

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003. Stated worked at Carter’s Green.

MIKE CARTER – POSITION NOT KNOWN

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003. Stated worked at Carter’s Green.

ETHEL CARWITHERS – VALETER | CLEANER

Start & finish dates not known, but was working at the factory from start of 1970s. According to Maud Pritchard (See under P) Carwithers lived close to her in Kelvin Way.

 

 

 

KEN CASTLE – FLOATING FOREMAN

Start / finish dates not known. But working at Jensen Motors from late 1960s, and into 1970s. Kendrick (see under K) remembers Castle was unusual in that he owned two cars. One was a 1950s Jensen Interceptor cabriolet in burgundy, the other was a Ford Classic.

 

 

 

MICHAEL F.CHAMBERS – TECHNICAL SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZChambers 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.

RAY CHESTER – PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Believed to have started work at Jensen Motors at the beginning of the 1960s, he was promoted to supervisor on the Healey 3000 line. As Supervisor on the Healey 3000 line, he was in a management position. Chester held meetings at 7.30am to 8.00 am every morning in bay 1 up stairs of the time office with all shop floor foreman. In the later 1960s, Chester supervised Interceptor trim & final assembly.  Chester remained with Jensen Motors until 1976.

HAROLD CHESTERTON – SUB-FOREMAN

Clive Kendrick (see under K) remembers Chesterton as working directly under Harry Cottell up until Cottrell’s retirement in 1971. According to Kendrick, Cottell’s work-load was particularly demanding, and Chesterton was promoted to chargehand, or sub-foreman to assist Cottrell. Start & finish dates not known.

INGA CHURMS – ASSEMBLY WORKER

Inga Churms was German. She married a British soldier stationed in Germany just at the end of the Second World War. She came and settled in West Bromwich. Churms joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s, working on the Austin Healey 3000 sub-assembly. She was a part of the s-called girls gang. Five girls working together, Helga Burford (also German), Tina Watson, Maud Pritchard, and Stella Skinner. Finish date not known, but probably left end of 1960s, or around the time the Austin Healey contract finished.

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 CLANCEY – LINE ASSEMBLY WORKER

Clancey 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 Clancey was often pulled off the assembly line when the fibreglass department needed another pair of hands. He remained at the factory until about 1975.

H.R.CLARK  M.B.E – GENERAL MANAGER

H.R.Clark M.B.E is shown as the General Manager at Jensen Motors in the 1959 edition of the Who’s Who in the Motoring Industry.

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 humorous 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 (?).

FRED COOPER – PACKER | STORES

Started late 1950s / early 1960s. Worked as a packer in the CV8 stores, and then after the CV8, in the Interceptor stores. Finish date 1970s.

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

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZCrane was appointed Shipping Manager at Jensen Motors in November 1971. Initially, Crane had been brought into the company in spring of 1971 as a consultant, advising on export / import matters.

After two months working at Jensen Motors as a consultant, he was offered a full-time position, and accepted.

 

 

 

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.

JOHN D’MAINE – DRAWING OFFICE

Brother of Jim D’Maine. Started at Carter’s Green and worked through to 1975 (?). After Jensen Motors, he moved to Ford, England, and then went to Ford, Germany.

ERIC DANCER – PURCHASING MANAGER

Dancer joined Jensen Motors in 1967 (?) and left in 1971. Phil Campion (see his entry under C) remembers Beard being promoted to Purchasing Manager after Dancer left in 1971.

BERT DANIELS – MECHANIC

Start and finish dates not known.

COLIN DAVIS – CONTRACT ENGINEER

Davis was contracted by Jensen Motors to liaise 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 amazing 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.

STAN DAVIS – MACHINE SHOP & TOOLROOM FOREMAN

According to Phil Campion (see under C), Davis worked at Jensen Motors between 1971 and 1976.  Campion states that Davis was a very skilled engineer. The two men became good friends while working at Jensen.

DEREK R. DAY – PERSONNEL MANAGER

Start and finish dates not known. Was working as Personnel Manager in the 1970s. Believed to have left in summer of 1974.

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 as managing Director of Jensen Motors.

Within a year Day was replaced by Brian Owen.

 

 

BERYL DEAN – SECRETARY

Working in the Personnel Office under Derek Day. Dates not known. 1970s (?)

JIM DEVEREAUX – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – SALES DEPARTMENT

Was at Jensen Motors in 1972. Start date not known. Tony Marshall (see under M) remembers Devereaux as a junior within the Sales Department. He believes Devereaux was still at Jensen Motors when he left in 1974.

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.

F.B.DONE – WORKS MANAGER

F.B.Done is shown as the Works Manager at Jensen Motors in the 1959 edition of the Who’s Who in the Motoring Industry.

CARL DUERR – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF JENSEN MOTORS

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZDuerr 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. According to Phil Campion (see under C), Eccleston left the company in 1971, shortly after Eric Dancer. Campion remembers that Eccelestone and Dancer were good friends, and thinks that Dancer managed to get Ecclestone a job at the same company he went to work for.

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 date not known. Ron Freckleton confirms Eggerson (Phil Campion remembers his name as Eggerton) was Press Shop Foreman at the beginning of the 1970s. Believed to have remained at Jensen Motors until 1975/76

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.

ALAN EVERTON – ASSEMBLY & FINAL RECTIFICATION

Start and finish dates not known.

BILLY EVERTON – ASSSEMBLY

Brother of Alan Everton. Start & finish dates not known

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.

GARY FORD – PRODUCTION ENGINEER (WELDING)

Start date not known. In 1970, Ford was working as an arc welder on the Interceptor line. He was also a T & G shop steward. Around 1971, Ford was promoted to production Engineer (Welding). Ford left Jensen Motors during 1975.

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, and died in 2018.

Acknowledgements: Neil Freckleton.

GEORGE GALLIMORE – ASSEMBLY LINE

Gallimore was on the Interceptor assembly line, sometimes involved on the rectification side. His job on assembly was lights and wiring.

HUGH GALLIMORE –  ASSEMBLY LINE

Brother of George Gallimore. He was on the Interceptor assembly line, sometimes involved on the rectification side. His job on assembly was heater system, and A/C when the MK.II Interceptor went into production.

AL GOOT – DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR

Al Goot was Qvale’s ‘right-hand’ man. from the time Qvale took over as President of Jensen Motors, Goot would be a frequent visitor to the factory. Peter Thompson, former Deputy Quality Engineer, believes Goot was given the official title of Deputy Managing Director under Kevin Beattie in 1974/75.

 

ALBERT GRAY – MECHANICAL ASSEMBLY FOREMAN

Gray joined Jensen 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 given the position of Foreman on the Jensen Healey line. He was in charge of rear axle assembly, engine & gearbox assembly, along with front suspension assembly. Other areas included body to running gear / engine mount, and road testing. Gray remained at Jensen Motors until 1976. He took voluntary redundancy in early 1976. Phil Campion (see under C), remembers there was also another foreman for Jensen Healey body/trim assembly, his first  name was Charlie. He worked at Jensen Motors between 1970 and 1976.

RICHARD A.GRAVES – MARKETING DIRECTOR

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZGraves 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. In July 1973, Graves became the unenviable Managing Director of Jensen Motors, after Kevin Beattie relinquished his role as Managing Director, and became Director of Engineering.

If the post of Managing Director was a formal title given to Graves, or if he was considered an acting Managing Director isn’t known. However, the reality amounted to the same – Graves was running the Company (under the watchful eyes of Qvale). Graves remained with Jensen Motors until 1975, resigning after an argument with Qvale.

SYLVIA GREEN – POSITION NOT KNOWN

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003. Stated worked at both carter’s Green & Kelvin Way.

R.G.F. GRIFFIN – POSITION NOT KNOWN

Start & finish dates not known. An R.G.F.Griffin is shown on a 1967 Jensen Motors document. The document was sent from Wyndham Powell to Graves, Beattie and Griffin. Maud Pritchard (see under P) remembers a Jack Griffin working at the factory. Possibly the same man ?

JOHN A.GRIFFITHS – RECIEVER & MANAGER

With Kevin Beattie having died in summer of 1975, and Qvale having lost interest in the Company, a receiver was appointed. John Griffiths was appointed as Receiver & Manager of Jensen Motors on 15th September 1975, and remained in that position until the closure in 1976.

JOHN HACKETT – PARTS MANAGER

Phil Campion (see under C) remembers Hackett’s official title as being Production Parts Controller. Initially brought in as Parts Manager during the late 1950s, but as the company grew, Mike Stadden was brought in over Hackett. His wife , Carol Hackett,  worked at Jensen Motors in accounts. Hackett left Jensen Motors in 1975. After leaving Jensen Motors, Hackett joined Spicers of Wolverhampton as their Purchasing Manager.

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 distributor. 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.

KEN HARRIS – INSPECTOR ON JENSEN HEALEY

Interviewed and employed by Chief Quality Engineer, Andrew Bee. Finish date not known (1974/75 ?).

MALCOLM HARRIS – ENGINE ASSEMBLY & TESTING (JENSEN HEALEY)

According to Phil campion (see under C), Harris joined Jensen Motors around 1972. He is not sure of Harris’ exact title, but remembers him as the man checking engine assembly on the Jensen Healey line. He remained at Jensen Motors until 1976, and then after the closure went to work for an oil distributor in the Midlands.

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 tourquise (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 tourquise (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.

JOHNNY HILL – ASSEMBLY WORKER

Joined 1960s (?). Finish date not known.

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 liaising with outside suppliers. Holt remained at Jensen Motors until 1975 and then found a position at Jaguar Motors. Holt died in 2010.

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 from Carters Green to Kelvin Way. After Jensen Motors went into receivership,  Hopkins moved to Jensen Parts & Service, working in the stores.

 

 

KEN HOUGHTON – JENSEN HEALEY TRACK

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

BILLY HUGHES – PAINT INSPECTION FOREMAN

Brother of Gilbert Hughes. Working at Jensen Motors from at least early 1960s through to 1975/76. Andrew Bee (see under B) states Billy Hughes was one of the most exacting paint inspectors, and could detect a paint issue that most couldn’t even see.

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. Hughes was also the Works Convener. Particularly well respected by both senior management, down to those on the factory floor. Hughes died in 2003.

 

 

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.

LESLIE ‘LES’ JENKS – FOREMAN WELDING SECTION

Start date not known, but was working on CV8s as a welder. later became Foreman on Interceptor Welding. Finish date not known

ALAN JENSEN – CO-FOUNDER OF JENSEN MOTORS LTD WITH HIS BROTHER RICHARD.

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZRetired 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. However, Phil Campion (see under C) believes Jones may not have joined Jensen Motors until around 1971/72. Campion remembers Jones chairing Jensen Healey related production meetings, to which Campion attended. Jones may have left Jensen Motors around 1974.

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. However, his job at Ford only lasted three months, as it was eliminated due to the formation of ‘Ford of Europe’.

Luckily, Jones managed to find employment back at Rootes Group, first as Vehicle Test Manager, and later as Manager of Electrical Design. Jones re-joined Jensen Motors again in October 1972 as Chief Designer, and was later given the position of Chief Engineer after Beattie became Managing Director in July 1973, and remained as Chief Engineer even after Beatie changed his role from Managing Director, to Director of Engineering. Jones left Jensen Motors in June 1975 moving to South Africa to work for Ford Engineering.

RONNIE JONES – ASSEMBLY LINE

Working on the Interceptor line 1970/72 through to 1974/75 approximately. Working on the rear end fitting items such as the fuel tank bowl.

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.  Johnson remained in that position until retiring in August 1974. According to David Steventon, Johnson was known as ‘Reg’ by his work-mates.

CLIVE KENDRICK – ASSEMBLY LINE FINISHER

Kendrick started his apprenticeship with Jensen Motors in 1964. After his apprenticeship, Kendrick went on the assembly line, first working on CV8s, and later, on Interceptors. He remained at Jensen Motors through to 1976.

SAM KIDD – PAINTER

Start date 1960s (?). Finish date not known

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.

STAN KNIGHT – TRIMMER

Knight started his employment at the Carters Green factory in 1953 as a trimmer. He moved to Kelvin Way, and continued as a trimmer, working on the Healey 3000. In Particular, Knight fitted all the sound deadening material in place. Later he was moved onto the Interceptor line, and continued to fit the sound deadening. Knight retired in 1973.

 

JENSEN MOTORS PERSONNEL L – P

 

JOHN LAINE – SERVICE MECHANIC

Joined Jensen Motors late 1960s (?). Worked  through until 1976, and continued with Jensen Parts & service.

DON LARGE – CHIEF PRODUCTION ENGINEER

According to Phillip Campion (Production Engineer), Large joined Jensen Motors from Rootes at some-point between 1971/72. He remained at Jensen Motors through to around 1973. Large was Campion’s immediate boss. Campion thinks Large left jensen Motors in 1973 to take up a senior management position at John Thompson in Bilston, West Midlands. The Company made commercial chassis parts and assemblies for Leyland Vans & Trucks.

L.LLOYD – ACTING WORKS MANAGER

L.Lloyd is shown as the Acting Works Manager at Jensen Motors in the 1959 edition of the Who’s Who in the Motoring Industry.

B.E.LOWE – TOOL ROOM

Started 1953, finished 1975. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZLucas 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, being brought into Jensen Motors by Alfred Vickers.

In March 1972, Lucas was appointed to the board as a director.  Lucas left Jensen Motors in 1973 (?).

 

J.E.MARKES – DIRECTOR

J.E.Markes is shown as a Director at Jensen Motors in the 1959 edition of the Who’s Who in the Motoring Industry.

ROY MARSHALL – TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAMME

According to the 1972 Motor Show paper issued by Jensen Motors, Marshall was brought in to strengthen the Parts & service department. Start date 1972. Finish date not known.

COLIN MATHEWS – APPRENTICE

According to Clive Kendrick (see under K), Mathews joined Jensen Motors as an apprentice, late 1960s, beginning of 1970s. he had a car crash, and killed a pedestrian. Apparently Mathews went to prison for manslaughter.

T.MATTHEWS – FIBREGLASS SHOP

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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.

GEORGE BATES MASON – SHAREHOLDER & BOARD MEMBER

The Mason family had a financial interest in the coachbuilder, W J Smith & Sons. The Jensen brothers worked at W J Smith & Sons from 1931. Jensen Motors Limited was incorporated in 1936, absorbing into its structure, W J Smith & Sons. As such, Mason became a shareholder and board member of Jensen Motors from 1936. He was still on the board in 1938, how long he remained isn’t known.

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

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZMillard 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.

S.MILLER – SERVICE DEPARTMENT

In Service Department 1968. Start and finish dates not known. First name not known. Almost definately a different S.Miller to Stan Miller shown above. Actual job designation not known.

JACK MOORE – BODY EXPERIMENTAL DEPT FOREMAN

Took over from Joe Belcher as Foreman after Belcher retired.

JACK MOORE – PATTERN MAKER

According to George Coleman (see under ‘C’), Moore worked with Lou Oldnall as a Pattern Maker (working with wood and clay). Started at Carter’s Green working under Eric Neale, and eventually moving to Kelvin Way and working under Kevin Beattie. Coleman believes Moore remained at Jensen Motors until 1976.

JOHN MOORE – WORKS DIRECTOR

Working at Jensen Motors from at least the beginning of the 1960s. Involved on the Volvo P1800 assembly, then Interceptor. As Works Manager, Bill Silvester worked directly under Moore until 1973, at which time he was directly responsible to D.Jones, Director Of Manufacturing.

CLIFF MORRIS – INSPECTOR ON INTERCEPTORS

Start & finish dates not known.

J.MORRIS – MAINTENANCE ELECTRICIAN

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZNeale 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.

JEFF NICKLIN – PRODUCTION MANAGER

Joined Jensen Motors late 1960s (?) as Works Engineer. Around 1972/73 became the Production Manager for Jensen Healey Assembly (trim & mechanical). left Jensen Motors when they closed in 1976.

RUBY NORRIS – SECRETARY

Norris was secretary to Joe Shaw, Works Manager. Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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.

LOU OLDNALL – PATTERN MAKER

According to George Coleman (see under ‘C’), Oldnall worked with Jack Moore as a Pattern Maker (working with wood and clay). Started at Carter’s Green working under Eric Neale, and eventually moving to Kelvin Way and working under Kevin Beattie. Coleman believes Oldnall remained at Jensen Motors until 1976.

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. During the 1990s Orford opened a garage in Kidderminster, and not long after, John Page (see under P) joined him, working there for approximately ten years.

BRIAN OWEN – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF JENSEN MOTORS

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZOwen 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 before him; 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 / DEVELOPMENT 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 – DEPUTY CHIEF ENGINEER

Panton joined Jensen Motors in 1967 as Deputy Chief Engineer, working directly under Beattie. Shortly after Mike Jones re-joined Jensen Motors in October 1972, Panton left the Company. Mike Jones believes he took a position at GKN.

JOE PARKS – PATTERN MAKER

According to Clive Kendrick (see under ‘K’), Parks (possibly Parkes) worked sometimes with Lou Oldnall and Jack Moore as a Pattern Maker (working with wood and clay). he was possibly broguht in to help when Oldnall and Moore needed additional help.

ALF PARMLEY – CHIEF INSPECTOR

Parmley joined Jensen Motors in 1967 (?) and left in 1971 (?).

LINDA PARRY – OFFICE GIRL | DRAWING OFFICE

Parry joined Jensen Motors in the early 1970s (?), remaining there until 1976. She moved across to Jensen Parts & Service, and then to International Motors.

VIC PARSONS – CHASSIS EXPERIMENTAL DEPT FOREMAN

Working at Jensen Motors during the 1960s. Exact dates not presently known.

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 (?)

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, initially on assembly, then in fibreglass, and later on 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 1966/67, initially as an assembly worker on the Austin Healey 3000, then moving to the Fibreglass Department, before being put on 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

M.PURCHASE – INTERCEPTOR FINISHING LINE

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

 

JENSEN MOTORS PERSONNEL Q – Z

 

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZKJELL 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 Duerr’s shares.

Additionally, 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 at Jensen Motors

was as a chassis engineer.

During his time at Jensen Motors, Riekie 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.

After the Pensnett works closed, Riekie came to Carters Green.

 

 

JIM ROPER – JENSEN HEALEY BUILD

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

KEN ROSE – JENSEN HEALEY ASSEMBLY INSPECTOR

Start date circa 1972. Finish date circa 1975.

T. I. ROYAL – GENERAL MANAGER SERVICE & PARTS

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZIan Royal joined Jensen Motors in 1971 from Massey Ferguson, where he had held a similar position.

He remained at Jensen Motors until 1974, at which time he moved to the Continent, taking on a senior post with a large international company.

 

 

STAN RUSHTON – ASSEMBLY WORKER

Involved in getting the interior fibreglass  parts ready for the Interceptor interiors. Start & finish dates not known.

SID SEDGLEY – JENSEN HEALEY FINISHING | PRESS SHOP

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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, answering directly to Bill Silvester. 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.

STAN SHARMAN – CHIEF PRODUCTION ENGINEER

According to Phil Campion, Sharman had joined Jensen Motors back in the Carter’s Green days (1950s / early 1960s). hen Campion Joined Jensen Motors in 1970, Sharman was a planning engineer, working alongside Ron Freckleton, with both men reporting to George Smith. Both Sharman and Freckleton were involved in Interceptor planning, estimating, and rate-fixing for the machine & press shops, along with the welding shops and body-in-white. Sharman was promoted to Chief Production Engineer around 1974/75, after  Ray Allsopp was promoted from Chief Production Engineer to Production Director. Campion remembers there was a planning engineer responsible for the paint shop, trim shop and final assembly. His first name was Ted, but Campion cannot remember his surname. Apparently he was also a Carter’s Green man, that retired around 1972.

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.

BILLY SHETLEY – ASSEMBLY LINE

Working on the Interceptor line 1970/72 through to 1974/75 approximately. Sub-assembly work.

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.

ALBERT SHINTON – ASSEMBLY LINE

Start and finish dates not known. His wife, Millie Shinton worked at factory as valet / cleaner

MILLIE SHINTON – VALET / CLEANER

Start and finish dates not known. Possibly late 1960s, beginning of 1970s. Her husband, Albert Shinton, worked at the factory on the assembly line.

 

 

 

 

BILL SILVESTER – PRODUCTION MANAGER

An ex-sergeant-major from the army, Silvester joined Jensen Motors in the 1946. He was the classic shop floor man. Respected and good at his job, Silvester had a typical sergeant-major’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 in 1981

 

 

ALAN SKELTON – SERVICE MECHANIC

Joined Jensen Motors late 1960s, early 1970s. Remained there until 1976. Joined Jensen Parts & Service

STELLA SKINNER – ASSEMBLY WORKER

Skinner joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s, working on the Austin Healey 3000 sub-assembly. She was a part of the so-called girls gang. Five girls working together, Inga Churms (German), Helga Burford (also German), Tina Watson, Maud Pritchard. Finish date not known, but probably left end of 1960s, or around the time the Austin Healey contract finished. Her husband, Dennis Skinner,  also worked at Jensen Motors.

GRAHAM SMEWIN – MECHANIC ON TRACK

Smewin joined Jensen Motors in the 1960s, and worked on the CV8 as a mechanic, later moving onto the Interceptor track. He remained at Jensen Motors to around 1975/76.

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. This is confirmed by Phil Campion, he remembers Smith’s title as being Planning Manager & Rate Fixer, when Campion joined Jensen Motors in 1970. Campion also believes Smith retired around 1972. George Smith’s son, Robert, joined Jensen Motors, working as an apprentice within the development department. He later left Jensen and moved to Lucas.

JOHN SPEED – PRODUCTION ENGINEER

Speed joined Jensen Motors in 1971, coming from British Leyland. He joined as Production Engineer for the Jensen Healey Trim & Final Assembly. Speed left Jensen Motors when they closed in 1976.

ALAN SPICER – RECTIFICATION TEAM

Spicer (not thought to be a relation of Brian Spicer) joined Jensen in the early 1960s, working on the Healey 3000. Later  he moved to CV8, and then Interceptors, ending up on the rectification team. Finish date not known.

BRIAN SPICER – CHIEF ENGINEER

Spicer was recruited directly by Kevin Beattie in 1964, and worked directly under Beattie as Chief Experimental Engineer. After Howard Panton left, Spicer took over as Deputy Chief Engineer.

In June 1975, after Mike Jones left, Spicer assumed the role of Chief Engineer. 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 dealership 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.

B.STEPHENS – ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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.”

 

 

DAVID STEVENTON – TECHNICAL ADVISOR – TECHNICAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT

From 1962 through to 1972, Steventon worked for the AA (Automobile Association), finally becoming the Assistant technical Advisor. He joined Jensen Motors in early 1972 as Technical Advisor, being interviewed by the Service Manager, David Millard. Steventon’s job included assisting dealers and Jensen owners, with problems relating to the maintenance and repair of Jensen cars. Steventon was also involved in the maintaining of warranty records for the newly launched Jensen Healey.  Steventon held the position until late 1973, by which time he accepted a position at Henley Forklift Parts & Service. According to Steventon, almost from the start of his employment, he didn’t get on well with Millard. By the time he left, it was abrasive. In 1975, Steventon moved to Canada and continued his career in Vancouver.

ALEX SWAN – FOREMAN WELDING

Start and finish dates not known.

JIMMY SWAN – MECHANIC

Younger brother of Alex Swan. Started at Jensen Motors as an apprentice, later became a mechanic. Moved over to the service department. Worked at Jensen Motors until 1975/76.

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 quietly 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

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZTaylor 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.

RONALD TEDSTONE – PRESS SHOP

Started at Carter’s Green late 1950s (?). Finished 1970s (?).

BERT THOMAS – FOREMAN ON WHITE LINE

Start date early 1960s (?). Became Foreman on white line for CV8s. Finish date not known.

PETER THOMPSON – DEPUTY CHIEF QUALITY ENGINEER

Working at Jensen Motors from 1971. Finish 1975 (?). When Andrew Bee was brought to Jensen Motors from Rolls Royce to set up a Quality Engineering Department in 1971, he placed advertisements for a Deputy Chief Quality Engineer. Bee and Beattie interviewed Thompson, and gave him the job.

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

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZHaving 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 liaise 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.

JOHNNIE TIFT – ASSEMBLY LINE

Started at Jensen Motors around 1960, working on the Healey 3000 assembly line. Moved over to the CV8 line, and finally the Interceptor line. On the Interceptor line, Tift was fitting parts of the trim. It was also his job to either mark the panels with the chassis number, or attach pieces of masking tape with the chassis number written in place. Worked through to 1976.

JOHN TREEN – WORKS ENGINEER

Treen joined Jensen Motors around 1970/71 as Assistant Works Engineer. When Jeff Nicklin was promoted to Production Manager for Jensen Healey in 1972/73, Treen was promoted to Works Engineer.

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.

RON TURNER – ASSEMBLY THEN FOREMAN ON JENSEN HEALEY

Joined early 1960s. Worked on Healey 3000. Moved onto CV8, then Interceptor, then Jensen Healey. Finish date not known.

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.

WILLIAM ‘BILLY’ WALKER – STOREMAN

Started late 1950s / early 1960s. Worked in the CV8 stores, and then after the CV8, in the Interceptor stores. Finish date 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.

TONY WALSH – ASSEMBLY WORKER

Stared 1960s (?). Finish date not known.

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 apprenticeship 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. Colin Baker (see under his name) remembers a Gerry Watson as Data Processing Manager. It isn’t known if this is the same man.

GERRY WATSON – PRODUCTION CONTROLLER | PROGRESS CHASER

Not the same person as Gerald Watson (see above). Gerry Watson joined Jensen Motors around 1969/70 (?), at the time being in his early twenties. Phil Campion (see under C) believes he went to Jensen Parts & Service after the closure of Jensen Motors in 1976.

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.

NORMAN WATTS – INSPECTOR

Start date not known. Retired end of 1973.

HARRY WEBB – MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT

Start date not known. At Jensen Motors until 1976, then moved across to International Motors under Bob Edmiston.

I. WEDGBURY – ASSEMBLY 541 THROUGH TO INTERCEPTOR

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

J L W WEDGBURY – JENSEN HEALEY SERVICE & SPARES

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

MAJOR HENRY WEIR – SALES MANAGER

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZWeir 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 are not known (possibly retired around 1960). His position was probably taken by Jim Branson. Major Henry Mervyn Wier won the Military Medal during W.W.I.

Weir died in 1973.

 

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.

S.WEST – PENSNETT FACTORY 

Start & finish dates not known. Job description not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

DAVE WESTWOOD – INTERCEPTOR ASSEMBLY LINE

Joined beginning of 1970s. Finished around 1974 (?). Working on electricals.

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 .

S.WHITEHOUSE – FIBREGLASS SHOP

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

R.WILKINSON – INTERCEPTOR ASSEMBLY

Start & finish dates not known. His name on the list of 49 former Jensen staff attending the funeral of Gilbert Hughes in 2003.

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. Secretary / 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.

L. WRIGHT – TRIM SHOP

Start & finish dates not known. One of 49 former Jensen attendees at Gilbert Hughes funeral held in 2003

ALFRED VICKERS – MANAGING DIRECTOR JENSEN MOTORS

Jensen Motors Employees A-ZVickers 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 Receiver. 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 Receiver 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 Receiver, and that is what happened directly after closure of Jensen Motors. Jensen Special Products was born.

 

Please also check our other A-Z databases. Trim Shop A-Z, Drawing Office A-Z, Development Department A-Z

Jensen Motors Personnel A-Z

The Museum’s Jensen Motors Personnel A-Z in no way reflects a complete listing of those that worked at the Company, and as such should be considered a work in progress.

 

REQUEST: The Museum would be very interested to hear from any former personnel of Jensen Motors

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:  Information within Key Personalities has been put together with help from former Jensen Motors staff, in particular from former Production Engineer, Philllip Campion, Marketing Director, Richard Graves. Sales Manager, Tony Marshall. Service Manager, David Millard, Press Shop Manager, Ron Freckleton,  Body Fitter, Clive Kendrick.  This is in no way a complete list of Key Personalities at Jensen Motors, if you have additional information, or indeed, amendments to the existing information, please contact us.

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