BALL, Anthony George, (Tony), MBE 1986; FCIM; FIMI; FCGI: Founder, 1983, and Chairman, 1983-2006, Tony Ball Associates (TBA) plc; b 14 Nov. 1934; s of Harry Ball and Mary Irene Bail, Bridgwater; m 1st, i957, Ruth Parry Davies (marr, diss, 1997); two s one d; 2nd. 2000, Ms Jan Kennedy. Educ: Grammar Sch., Bridgwater. Indentured engineering apprentice, Austin Motor Co., 1951-55; responsible for launch of Mini, 1959; UK Car and Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager, 1961-66, Austin Motor Co.; Sales and Marketing Exec., British Motor Corp., 1966-67; Chm. and Man. Dir, Barlow Rand UK Motor Gp, 1967-78; Managing Director: Barlow Rand Ford. S Africa, 1971-73; Barlow Rand European Operations, 1973-78; returned to British Leyland as Man. Dir, Overseas Trading Operations, 1978; Dep. Man. Dir, Austin Morris Ltd, 1979; Chm. and Man. Dir, British Leyland Europe & Overseas, 1979-82; Director, 1979-82: BL Cars Ltd (World Sales Chief, 1979-82; responsible for launch of the Austin Metro in 1980); Freeman of City of London, 1980; Liveryman: Worshipful Co. of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers, 1980; Austin Morris Ltd; Rover Triumph Ltd; Jaguar Rover Triumph Inc. (USA); Dir, Jaguar Cars Ltd, 1979-82; Metro: the book of the car, 1981; Fellowship of Inst. of Marketing awarded 1981, for services to Brit. Motor Industry;(contrib.) Woi..hipful Co of Carmen, 1982. Hon. Mem. CGLI, 1982, for services to technical and vocational educn Tales out of School: misdeeds of the famous, 1983; Chief Exec., lienlys plc, 1981-83, Dep. Chm., Lumley mace Gp, 1983-95; Director: Jetmaster UK, 1989-97; Theatrical Agents Billy Marsh Associates Ltd, 1993-; Royal Carlton Hotel, Blackpool, 1998-2007. Dir, producer and stager of 'Industrial Theatre' Motivational confs, sponsorship, marketing, promotions, special events and new product launches, 1983-2014. Responsible for: staging new product launches for British Leyland, Austin, Rover, MG, jaguar, General Motors, Vauxhall, Proton, Mercedes-Benz, Daihatsu, LDV, Land Rover, Bedford trucks, Optare buses, Pioneer-UK, Fiat and Gillette; production and staging of opening ceremony of Rugby World Cup, Twickenham, 1991; DoH European drug abuse prevention campaign. 1992. Apptd Marketing Adviser: to Minister of Agric. and 'Food from Britain', 1979-83; to Sec. of State for Energy, 1984-87; to Sec. of State for Wales, 1988-91; to SMMT for producing and promoting: British Internat, Motor Show, 1992-96; Scottish Motor Show. 1997-2001; to FA for producing opening and closing ceremonies ofEuropean Football Championships, Wembley, 1996, FA Cup Finals, 1996-2000 and promotional and presentation work for England World Cup Bid, 2006; to RFU for 125th Anniversary celebrations. 1996. for 5 Nations Championship activities, Twickenham, 1997-2006; to RFU Francais for prodn of opening ceremony at Stade de France, Paris. 1998: to Welsh RU for producing opening and closing ceremonies, Rugby World Cup, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park, 1999; to ECB for producing opening ceremony, Cricket World Cup. Lord's, 1999; responsible for: promoting London Zoo relaunch, 1993; creating and producing Lloyds Bank's Playwright of the Year Award, annually 1994-2003, Men and Motors of 'The Austin', 2000; President: Austin Ex-Apprentices ASSOC., 2006-14; Fellowship of Motor Industry, 2011-14 (Chm,, 2009-11). Lectr, public and after dinner speaker; guest after dinner speaker, P&O Cruises, 2008-; TV and radio broadcasts on motivation, marketing, public speaking and industrial subjects; producer, The Birth of Rugby (TV); panellist, Any Questions (TV and radio). Mason Meml Lecture, Birmingham Univ., 1983. A Marketing Study of the Welsh Craft Industry (Welsh Office report, 1988); (contrib.) Making Better Business Presentations, 1988; (contrib.) Governor, N Worcs Coll., 1984-91. Prince Philip Medal, CGLI, 1984, for outstanding lifetime contribution to British marketing. Benedictine Award, Business After-Dinner Speaker of the Year, 1992, 1993; Patron, Wordsworth Trust, 2004-16. Outstanding Lifetime Individual Achievement Award for services to motor industry, Inst. of Motor Industry, 2016. Contribs to numerous industrial, management, marketing and public speaking books and j1s. Recreations: theatre, British military history, sharing good humour. Address: Roe Lodge, Sowerby Row, Carlisle, Cumbria CA4 OQH; 19 Grove End Gardens, St John's Wood, NW8 9LL. Club: Lord's Tavernen. See also M. A. Ball.

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