Reference number
  • JCO
  • 1960s-2015
  • Collection
  • Correspondence and papers; photographs and video recordings; appointment diaries and membership cards.
  • 25 items
Admin history
  • 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.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Some of the material in accession 1255 was catalogued with the papers of and relating to Frank Cousins.