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• It takes only half an hour with Tom Williams for one to form the opinion that he must be one of the busiest men in transport today—and one of the most knowledgeable. He has a considerable task as transport manager and chief engineer of United Molasses Trading Co Ltd— part of the Tate and Lyle Group at Liverpool— and a large number of outside commitments.
"An active life is a happy life,he says, and this he demonstrates in the long list of committees and associations he serves on.
Tom Williams is a Liverpudlian by birth and extremely proud of it. He has worked for United Molasses since 1930, apart from 1937 and 1938, which he spent with Scammell Lorries at Watford. He is now in charge of a fleet of 64 Scammells, 28 x 25tonners, 21 x 30-tonners and 15 x 32-tonners which are based in Liverpool, Greenock, Dagenham, Belfast, Avonmouth, Hull and East Anglia. Tom Williams is no deskbound manager, he has clocked 11,000 business miles on his car since February.
A member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Industrial Transport Association, he is a past chairman of the IA's Merseyside division and serves on the national council. This year he is chairman of the Merseyside and North Wales division of the Freight Transport Association in addition to being a member of its technical committee. He is also vice-chairman of the Merseyside Chamber of Commerce in addition to serving on the North Western Goods Vehicles Maintenance Advisory Corn mittee.
Just recently, to add to these activities he has been appointed a member of the newly formed Chamber of Commerce National Council Transport Committee which is dealing with transport and the Common Market. Tom Williams has definite views about EEC. He is sure that Britain will join and that many benefits will result particularly in the field of transport. He points to the fact that just across the Channel there are 200.000 buyers waiting and this, he says, presents a great opportunity for British hauliers and commerce.
Married, with a son and two grandchildren, Tom Williams finds little time for recreation. However, he does manage to play an occasional game on West Derby golf course where he is a member and he also finds a little time for gardening and photography G.C.