This image is the cover for the book Chronicles of a 20th Century Man

Chronicles of a 20th Century Man

Uniquely The Royal Corps of Signals and The Institute of the Motor Industry celebrate their centenary in 2020. The author served for 25 years in the former and was Director General of the latter for 18 significant years in its development. In addition he held a number of other high profile appointments as well as active involvement in a variety of charitable organisations. In this book he recounts incidents both amusing and serious that have shaped his life and those dear to him. He believes, along with many of his contemporaries, that he has lived in a golden age to be British and the easy to read pages of this book tend to prove this philosophy. Born in Stratford upon Avon and living in Warwickshire for his schooldays, National Service was the start of what he calls his adventurous life. The book is a very personal account of life in the twentieth century and his involvement with some of the people who played a major part in the history of his time.

Roy Ward

Born and educated in Warwickshire, Roy Ward now lives in Hampshire with his wife of over 60 years. They have two children, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. On leaving school he started work in Barclays Bank until he joined the army for National Service. Commissioned into Royal Signals from Mons Officer Cadet School in 1954, he later gained a regular Commission and served until 1980. Having fulfilled his ambition of commanding his regiment he took early retirement to pursue a civilian career although further promotion beckoned. He worked first in the trade association world before becoming Director General of The Institute of the Motor Industry with a worldwide individual membership. Interestingly both Royal Signals and The Institute celebrate their centenary in 2020. He played a significant part in a number of charities ranging from roses to gardening to being a founder member and Chairman of The Prince Michael Road Safety Awards. He was the non-executive director of Warranty Holdings which was at that time the largest used car warranty business in Europe. Before retiring to Hampshire, he was a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and a trustee/governor of Capel Manor Horticultural College and a trustee of 'Perennial', the gardeners' benevolent society. He was awarded the MBE for services to the motor industry and road safety in 2000.

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