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Alan Paul Good (1906-1953), entrepreneur, solicitor, chairman of Brush Electrical Engineering Co, and of Lagonda


1935 Acquired Lagonda from the receivers.

1937 Acquired a controlling interest in Petters Ltd; became a director of Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day

Brush Electrical Engineering asked for his help in their restructuring, as a result of which Petters transferred their oil engine business to Loughborough.

1939 Deputy chairman of Brush

1941 Became chairman of the managing committee of Brush; subsequently became Managing Director.

1944 Acquired control of J. and H. McLaren

1945 Gained control of Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day

1945 Chairman of Tarran Industries[1]

1948 Took a financial interest in National Gas and Oil Engine Co, joining the board in 1949.

As a result he built up the Brush Aboe Group, which enabled him to achieve his vision of specialisation of the various factories in diesel engine production. He was deputy chairman of Brush Aboe and also managing director of the parent company, Brush Electrical Engineering.

Also chairman of Associated British Engineering and also of Heenan and Froude.

1950 Taken ill.

1952 Resigned many of his positions of responsibility.

1953 Died in South Africa.



1953 Obituary [2]

WE record with regret the death of Mr. Alan Paul. Good, of Glympton Park, Woodstock, which occurred in South Africa on Tuesday last, February 10th, after a long Illness. Mr. Good, who was forty-six, had, for some years, occupied a prominent position on the commercial side of the British oil engine industry.

Alan Good was born at Foxrock, near Dublin, in April, 1906, and was educated at Marlborough and Oxford, where he took his law degrees. Subsequently, he became a partner in a London firm of solicitors, but he soon left the law for commerce, and by 1935 was confining his activities almost wholly to the engineering industry.

Mr. Good was largely responsible for the formation of the Brush-ABOE group of companies, which now includes the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, Ltd., and Associated British Oil Engines, Ltd.

He became deputy chairman of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, Ltd., in 1939, and two years later was appointed chairman of the executive committee and managing director. The formation of Associated British Oil Engines, Ltd., followed, the constituent companies being Petters, Ltd., Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day, Ltd., J. and H. McLaren, Ltd., The National Gas and Oil Engine Company, Ltd., and Henry Meadows, Ltd.

In addition to his responsibilities in the direction of these interests, Mr. Good was chairman of Associated British Engineering, Ltd., and Heenan and Froude, Ltd.

Unfortunately, failing health compelled Mr. Good to relinquish his position as managing director of the Brush-ABOE group last October. He remained deputy chairman and, despite his deteriorating health, continued to the end his keen interest in the affairs of the group.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 17, 1945
  2. The Engineer 1953/02/13
  • The Times Feb 12, 1953