Widely regarded as being one of the most knowledgeable figures in the coal industry of his time, he earned his greatest reputation in the field of labour relations . He was an outstanding negotiator , much respected by coalowners and union officials alike, and served as joint secretary of the South Wales Conciliation Board . He was also either secretary or a member of numerous other mining organisations , notably the South Wales Committee of the Safety in Mines Research Board . His involvement in the industry in south Wales was matched by his championing of it during the inter-war depression. He wrote numerous promotional articles in the coal trade press and was joint honorary secretary of the south Wales ‘Back to Coal’ Movement .
Following the nationalisation of the coal industry in 1947 he was appointed chief executive officer of the Labour Relations Department of the National Coal Board . Later that year he became the department's Director-General , a position he held until his retirement in June 1954 .
In 1917 he m. (1) Edith Ellen Diamond (d. 1934 ) and in 1935 he m. (2) Barbara Stamp . The father of three children, he d. suddenly while on holiday in Cornwall on 26 Aug. 1955 .
William David (Bill) Jones, Cardiff
Published date: 2001