Received on March 10, 2012
I joined Sea Containers in August
1979, working at first with John Witton on North Row,
collecting damage repairs, before moving to SC
In 1987 I was approached by a company
called Ravenstock who did domestic leasing and
offered me a salary SC did not want to compete with.† In 1989, however, SC offered me† a job starting a
domestic business with John Witton, Steve Thomas and
Leigh-Ann Bath.† It was based at the
container depot of Bullman Marine in Dagenham and was
the subject of much leg-pulling by people who saw it as a joke and not core
business. When John retired I took over.†
We moved to an office in Rainham, Essex and
ran the business until around†
2007, after which (the GE influence!) we were moved to
Most of the staff came and left within three months and although I had been made a director, I stayed only long enough to see its sale to TAL in 2008.† They paid over 6 million dollars for the business.† Not bad for a joke!
Three years ago a business called Freight Container Services (Newark) Limited was started from scratch together with Howard Clack, a former Freightliner senior manager, and Eric Adams, the owner of Duncan Adams Transport who are the Maersk merchant haulier for Scotland.† We domestically lease and sell new and used containers of all types, including tanks and reefers, and offer rail consultancy for cargo, road transport and delivery.† It is wonderful to have total control.
But I do wish to acknowledge that without the valuable knowledge I gained from SC and GE this business would not exist.† It was good to be paid to learn. †My only regret is that I didnít do it 20 years ago!
I have often seen Tom Avenell who lives not too far from me.† A wonderful, kind and generous man with whom it is good to recall funny old times.
I moved from north
I have not lived there for six years and have never been back as I was only there because of my sonís education which, unlike my own, was paid for!!
I think Mike Simmons has passed away.† Mike Thomas had a self-storage business at Stansted and rented equipment from the SC Domestic business that I ran.† Trevor Milner helped him out.† But, alas, heís another one who has departed.
Terry Jones, a former shipís engineer, worked for me in the domestic business.† He died a couple of years ago, very suddenly from cancer.
My son Thomas is a Senior IT Business
Analyst and lives in Redhill, Surrey and works in
I attach a recent photograph.