Kingston Macaulay

Retired executive and former President of the Bradford Textiles Society, Kingston Macaulay,
obtained a Full Technological City & Guilds Certificate in Worsted Spinning after studying
part-time at Bradford Technical College from 1953 to 1955.

Kingston Macaulay“After 2 years National Service in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, I joined Bulmer & Lumb Ltd as a management trainee in October 1953. I recall my time at Bradford ‘Tech’ was on a 2 day a week release course, plus one or two evenings studying worsted spinning. My time when not at the ‘Tech’ was spent learning the practical side from wool sorting, wool combing, top making, top dyeing, worsted spinning and weaving.

After about 2 years I obtained a Full Technological City & Guilds Certificate in Worsted Spinning. It was an enjoyable time. I remember 2 lecturers in particular: Mr Wilson, who taught Raw Materials amongst other subjects and Mr Parkin. There were 1 or 2 full-time students I remember especially; Gerard Litten, who later became MD of Jeremiah Ambler, and Peter Bell. Fellow students were Robin Guild (Salts), Christopher Cordingley (Cordingley’s of Pudsey) and 2 from the Borders, William Bynoe and Russell Sanderson (later to become my brother in law).

Bradford Textiles was a close knit community in those days. Coming to the College certainly enabled one to meet others working in the same field and those connections and friendships stood you in good stead. Making connections early in your career is always useful, as in all walks of life it is important to know people beyond your own firm.

My career at Bulmer & Lumb was from 1953 to 1986, the last 16 years as a main board Director. In 1987 I was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Sanderson, Murray & Elder until it was taken over in 1990. Also in 1987 I purchased a non-woven fabric business in Whitworth near Rochdale, Anglo Felt Industries Co Ltd, which I am pleased to say is still thriving and owned by my son, Simon Macaulay.

My business interest outside textiles was in the newspaper industry. I was a Non-Executive Director of the Halifax Courier Ltd for many years and Chairman from 1980 to 1995 when the company was sold to Johnston Press. On retirement from business in 1996, my wife and I purchased a farm in Northumberland where we now spend most of our time.

I am pleased that Bradford College is commemorating its 175th year in this rather original way.”

Photograph supplied by Kingston Macaulay