John Peter Cousins was born in Doncaster on 31 Oct 1931. He was the eldest son of Frank Cousins, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU),1956-1969. His employment history and business activities were as follows:
Motor engineering apprentice, 1947-1952.
Royal Air Force engineering,1952-1955.
British Overseas Airways Corporation: cabin crew and clerical work, 1955-1963.
TGWU: Airport Officer, 1963-1966; National Secretary of the Government Workers Trade Group, 1966-1970; National Secretary of the Public Services and Civil Air Transport Trade Group, 1970-1975. Stood unsuccessfully for the general secretaryship in 1977.
National Economic Development Office: Director of Manpower, Industrial Relations and Communications, 1975-1979.
Plessey Communications and Office Systems Ltd: Personnel Director, 1979-1981.
John Brown Plc: Director of Personnel and Industrial Relations, 1981-1983.
Clearing Bank Union: General Secretary, 1983-1986.
Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail (1986) Ltd: Head of Personnel, 1987.
Maxwell Pergamon Publishing Corporation: Personnel Director, 1988-1989.
Contract 2000: senior consultant, 1989-1990
Cousins Financial Services Ltd (Gibraltar): Managing Director, 1990-
Hong Kong Polytechnic University: lecturer in industrial relations/communications/general management.
Crown Asset Management Ltd, Hong Kong: chairman, 1994-.
He also held the following government and other appointments:
Sandford Committee on the National Parks of England and Wales: member, 1971-1972.
Countryside Commission: commissioner, 1972-1984.
New Towns Commission: board member, 1974-1979.
National Economic Development Office Drop Forgings Sector Working Party: chairman, 1976-1978.
British Council of Productivity Associations: chairman, 1977-1982.
Kingston Regional Management Centre: travelling fellow, 1977-1986.
National Economic Development Office Rubber Tyre Section Working Party: chairman, 1978-1982.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds: member of council and finance and general purpose committee, 1982-1986.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: board member, 1983-1988.
Education 2000: trustee and founder member, 1983-1989.
World Wildlife Fund: council member for the United Kingdom, 1984-1990.
He married Pauline Hubbard in 1976 and he died on 6 February 2017.
Reference: curricula vitae in 1255/40; 'Who's who' entry in 1255/33; information from depositor.