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Early in 1945 the company had obtained a large
contract for making many thousands of fluorescent lighting reflectors
for one of the larger electrical concerns. The floor area at the Union
Street Works restricted manufacture but the welcome return by the Air
Ministry of one of the bays at Enfield, in 1946, greatly eased the
situation. New machinery was ultimately installed and production at
both works was soon under way, and increasing as time went on.|
The year 1947 saw the appointment to the Board
of D. S. M. Walker, son of H. T. Walker. The former had joined the
staff of representatives at the Kingsway offices some ten years earlier.
During his six years war service the experience gained in the appointment
of adjutant and later of staff captain resulted in additional training in
organisation and control, as well as appreciation of the attitude of mind
of those many workers returning from war service.
The death of the Chairman, A. L. Collins, in 1948,
after over fifty years' close association with the company either as its
legal adviser, director of Chairman was a severe blow. For many years,
his professional practice had kept him outside the day-to-day working of
the firm and this freedom from technical and commercial details enabled
him to bring a clear unfettered mind to wider problems of policy in which
he proved invaluable. L. C. Winterton, partner in Messrs. Ogden,
Hibberd Bull & Langton, the company's auditors for many years, was
elected Chairman in February 1948.
By the end of 1949, the whole of the Enfield
works had been recovered. Two years later H. T. Walker died with more
than forty years' service to his credit.
For some years, both inside and outside the company,
H. T. Walker had been recognised as the driving force behind Haywards
Limited. A good business man who never lost the human touch, he brought a
keen mind and sound common sense to the administration of the business.
The willingness with which he uprooted himself and his family from a
district where he had spent most of his married life and settled in Enfield
remote from his friends and