John Spencer Wills retires
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J. Spencer Wills, a founder-member of the Public Transport Association, is retiring from the council. He played a leading part in the merger of the Public Transport Service Association and the Omnibus Owners' Association when the Public Transport Association was formed in 1943. Mr. Wills was elected chairman of the Council in September 1945 and presided over the first conference of the PTA held at Bournemouth in 1946. With his retirement from the council at the next a.g.m. in Harrogate. Mr. Wills will have served just over a quarter of a century.
R. J. Smith has been appointed deputy general manager of the Clark Equipment Company's European operations—a new position within the company. Mr. Smith is a vice-president of Clark Equipment AG and currently based at Mulheim, Germany. Since 1965 he has managed both the German and French materials handling and construction machinery subsidiaries.
Arthur Edwards was installed as president at the annual conference of the National Association of Furniture Warehousemen and Removers. Mr. Edwards, a director of J. J. Edwards (Hinckley) Ltd., was national chairman of the Institute of Furniture Warehousing and Removing Industry in 1951.
We record with regret the deaths of Arthur G. Akers MBE, Frank Ashworth and Stanley Clark 0ErE
Mr. Akers, a former secretary of the Western area of the RHA, died suddenly on Saturday at the age of 73. Mr. Akers joined Associated Road Operators as area secretary in 1935. When the road transport associations merged in 1945, he became secretary of the Western area of the RHA, the PVOA and TRTA and held that post until he retired in January. Mr. Ashworth. who died last week at the age of 60, was formerly deputy general manager of Oldham Corporation Passenger Transport Department.
Mr. Clark, who died last week, was chief executive of the SMMT from 1955 to 1962 when he retired. An accountant by profession, he joined the Society in 1946 after war service with the RAOC.