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Note: This is a sub-section of 1953 Who's Who in the Motor Industry
VALENTINE, Alexander Balmain Bruce. President and Chairman of Council, Institute of Transport. Member of London Transport Executive. Born 22nd December, 1899. Educated at Highgate School; Worcester College, Oxford. Joined staff of Underground 1928 and became personal Assistant to the late Frank Pick, 1928-36. Commercial Officer, 1939. Chief Supplies Officer, 1943 and Chief Commercial Officer, 1945-47. Joined London Transport Executive on its formation in 1947. Recreations: Bird Watching, Fishing and Country Life. Clubs: United University, Transportation. Private Address: 34, Southway London,N.W.11
VALENTINE, George. Managing Director, Valentines Motors Ltd., Perth. Born Perth, 12th November, 1915. Educated at Perth Academy. Studied engineering at Birmingham Central Technical College. Son of late Frank D. Valentine, one of pioneers of Motor Industry in Central Scotland, and founder of above concern. Served apprenticeship with Austin Motor Co. Ltd., awarded Austin Cup for best apprentice of 1935. Member trials and rallies team, 1936-38. Served on main committees of firm's Apprentice Organisation. Joined Sales Staff of C. S. Buckley. Joined Army in 1939, commissioned, captured 1940. P.O.W. until 1945. Demobilised 1946 in rank of Major. Took up present position in that year. Director of St. Johnstone A.F.C. Member S.M.T.A. Council, their representative on B.M.T.A. Council. Past Chairman local Committee S.M.T.A. Recreations : Motor Sport, Golf, Curling. Other interests : Rotary, T.A., Married, Hessie (née Anderson); one son. Private Address: Mount Grange, Viewlands Terrace, Perth.
VASEY, Rennie Orenza, M.I.MECH.E. Born Scarborough, 27th April, 1888. Educated at St. Martin's Grammar School; Scarborough College; Hull and Birmingham Technical Schools. Became an apprentice with C. D. Holmes, Ltd., Marine Engineers, Hull. Joined Wolseley Tool & Motor Car Co. in Marine and Special Engine Department and afterwards worked in the Experimental Department and in the Laboratory. Served 1914-19 in France and in R.A.F. Returned to Scarborough and amalgamated own business with Castlehouse Bros. Ltd. Private Address: Scardeburg, West Park Road, Scalby, Scarborough.
VAUGHAN, Edward, M.I.M.I., A.M.I.B.E., M.I.M.E. Proprietor, on own account. Born Bletchley, 6th November, 1910. Educated at Bletchley Schools. Became connected with Motor Industry in 1922. Present position, 1929. Private Address: 10-14, Aylesbury Street, Bletchley. Telephone: 166.
VAUGHAN-HARBOURNE, Denis Clifford. Director, Vaughan-Harbourne Ltd., Leicester. Born Leicester, 2nd February, 1915. Educated Windlesham House, Brighton and Haileybury College. Technical training with present firm. Mechanic in 1933. Took up present position in 1939. In that year joined Territorials, and called-up five months later. Released in 1945. Married Audrey Mavis (née Patte) 1944. Recreations : Golf, Gardening. Private Address: The Old White Cottage, Desford, Leicester. Telephone: Desford 393.
VEARNCOMBE, Albert Mullen. Proprietor, Vearncombe's Motors, Bridgwater, Somerset. Born Bridgwater, 21st July, 1914. Educated Collegiate College, Bridgwater. Took up present position in 1938. Recreation : Walking with Dog. Private Address: 28, Church Street, Bridgwater, Somerset. Telephone: 2942.
VECQUERAY, Charles Augustus Cokayne, M.B.E. Managing Director, Regent Autocar Co. Ltd., Market Harborough. Born Blackheath, 1888. Educated St. Peter College, Westminster. Pupil with W. H. Allen, Son & Co. Ltd., Bedford. 1913, Ford Sales Manager to Pytchley Autocar Co. Ltd. In R.A.S.C. in 1914-18 War, being released with Rank of Captain. Returned to Pytchley's as Sales Manager until 1923, when formed present Company. Joined A.T.C. Committee in 1941, becoming Chairman of 1084 Squadron Committee in 1946. Awarded M.B.E. for A.T.C. work. Elected to Market Harborough U.D.C. in 1949. Recreations : Golf, Bowls, Wireless and Television Building. Private Address: 2, Lubenham Hill, Market Harborough. Telephone : 2142.
VERDON-ROE, Geoffrey. Managing Director, Saunders-Roe (Anglesey) Ltd., Beaumaris, Anglesey. Born Bursledon, Hants, 1st June, 1918. Educated Stowe School, Buckingham, and Southampton University. Son of Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe, pioneer in Aircraft design and construction. Three years' apprenticeship, SaundersRoe Ltd., Cowes. 1939, as Member of R.A.F.V.R., called for service with R.A.F. Released in 1940 for duty as Test Pilot, Saunders Roc Ltd. In 1941 appointed Senior Test Pilot, and Assistant Works Manager at Weybridge Factory. 1942, Sub-contract Manager, S-R. Ltd., Head Office, while remaining Senior Test Pilot. 1943, Production Engineer, Weybridge Factory, and Senior Test Pilot. 1946, became Works Manager at Saro Laminated Wood Products, Ltd. 1947, appointed Works Director. 1948, transferred to present concern as General Works Manager, while remaining a Director of S.L.W.P. Ltd., until March, 1950. June, 1948, appointed General Manager present concern. January, 195o, appointed Director, taking up present position following June. Clubs : Royal Aero, New Century, Seaview Yacht, Island Sailing. Married, Giulietta Elizabeth Van Buren Emmons, 1948; one daughter. Recreations : Work, Sailing, Fishing, Squash, Gardening. Private Address: Tros-yr-Afon, Penmon, Anglesey. Telephone: Llangoed 48.
VERITY, Elsie Eleanor, F.I.M.r. Proprietor, Verity's Garage and Motor School, Manchester. Born Manchester, 1894. Educated Central High School for Girls, Manchester. Manchester College of Technology, and Manchester High School of Commerce. On leaving school, started in commercial side of Industry. 1914-18, trained Drivers for Forces. 1922-25, Assistant Manager, Verity's. 1925-43, Manager and Partner, eventually becoming Sole Proprietor. 1939-45 War, C.D. worker, also training Forces personnel. Member, Women's Engineering Society and on W.E.S. Council, 1945 to present time. Chairman E. Lancs. and Ches. Region 1946. Council 1946-47. Interests: Engineering Associations, Caravanning. Clubs : Ladies' Houldsworth, Soroptomists. Private Address: 94, Brantingham Road Manchester, 16. Telephone: Ardwick 4152.
VERULAM, Rt. Hon. EARL of M.A., COMP.I.E.E., J.P. Director, Sternol Ltd. Born nth October, 191o. Educated at Eton where he distinguished himself in Rowing, Athletics and by winning the Jelf Latin Verse Prize four times. Is Chairman and Managing Director, Enfield Cables Ltd., and a Director of many of this firm's associated Companies. Is a Governor of Bryanston School. Member of National Baby Welfare Council. President Institute of Industrial Administration. Member of Council of Anglo-Swedish Society. Has written many articles and pamphlets on Industrial Administration, etc. Interests: Languages, Farming, Public Service. Recreation: Swimming. Club: Bath. Private Address: Gorhambury, St. Albans. Telephone: 5000.
VIGNOLES, Charles Malcolm, O.B.E., M.A. Managing Director, Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd. Born Grimsby, 19o1. Educated at Sedbergh; Magdalene College, Cambridge. (M.A. in Mechanical Science Tripos). In 1924 joined the Royal Dutch-Shell Group and served for eight years in the Far East. Later transferred to Fuel Oil Department of Shell Petroleum Company in London. During the early days of the war served on Overseas Supply Committee of the Petroleum Board. Later became Joint Executive Secretary. Was awarded the O.B.E. for his services in this connection, in 1946. Post-war appointed Eastern Area Manager, Shell, covering Far Eastern territories. In April, 1951, became Managing Director of Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd., the marketing company in Britain for the Shell and Anglo-Iranian groups of oil companies. Is Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Turners. Clubs : Garrick, East India and Sports.
VINCENT, Philip Conrad, A.M.I.P.B. Managing Director, Vincent " H.R.D." Co. Ltd., Stevenage, Herts. Born London, 14th March, 19o8. Educated Harrow and King's College, Cambridge. Spent first 12 years of life in Argentina. On leaving Cambridge, founded present Motor-cycle manufacturing firm. At age of 19, patented springing system still used on Vincent Motorcycles. Subsequent designs include powerful range of Motor-cycles and patented Marine and Industrial Two-stroke Uniflow Engines. Life Member, R.A.C. President, Vincent "H.R.D." Owners' Club. Recreations : Travel, Cinematography. Private Address: 3, High Street, Stevenage, T-terts. Telephone: 376.
VINES, Valentine Walter. Manager, Sidcup Road Garage Ltd., Eltham, London. Born Southsea, Hants, zoth September, 190o. Educated Beccles College, Suffolk. Joined Army at age of Served in Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and in France and Belgium. Transferred to R.A.F. as Pilot. On release, entered Motor Industry in 1919. Seven years as Assistant Manager, W. T. Richards. Served with Orient Steam Navigation Co. Took up present position in 1936. Past President, Eltham Chamber of Commerce. Hon. Treasurer, local Remembrance Association. Royal Blackheath Golf Club. Recreations: Golf, Photography, Woodwork. Private Address: 'co, Tudor Court, Well Hall Road, Eltham, London, S.E.9. Telephone: 3834.