Francis Tombs, Baron Tombs

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Francis Leonard Tombs, Baron Tombs (born 17 May 1924) is an English industrialist and former politician.

Biography[edit]

He was educated at Elmore Green School, Walsall, and at the University of London. Tombs had a career in industry, particularly in electricity generation.[1] He was chairman of the South of Scotland Electricity Board,[2] the Electricity Council[3] and Rolls-Royce.[4] Tombs was president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1981[5] and became an Honorary Fellow of its successor organisation the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 1991.[6] Tombs was named chairman of Turner & Newall P.L.C.,[7][better source needed] Britain's largest manufacturer of asbestos products on 30 November 1982[8] and remained there throughout much of the 1980s.

Knighted in 1978,[9] Tombs was created a life peer on 29 February 1990, as Baron Tombs, of Brailes in the County of Warwickshire.[10][11][12] He was granted a leave of absence in March 2008 which lasted until July 2010.[13][14] Tombs retired from the House of Lords on 31 March 2015.[15] He wrote a memoir, entitled Power Politics: Political Encounters in Industry and Engineering.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tombs, Francis. "Nuclear Energy - 25 Years of Generating Experience". Institution of Engineers, Australia. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  2. ^ Ham, Adrian; Hall, Robert (2006-02-20). "A way forward for nuclear power" (PDF). Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Retrieved 2010-03-28.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Nationalised Industries (Accounting Practice): House of Commons debates, 1 August 1978". Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  4. ^ "Electricity – the key to a UK Energy Policy". Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  5. ^ "Past Presidents of the IEE". Institution of Engineering and Technology. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  6. ^ "IET Honorary Fellows". Institution of Engineering and Technology. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  7. ^ Turner & Newall
  8. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1982/11/30/business/business-people-turner-newall-appoints-chairman.html
  9. ^ "No. 47500". The London Gazette. 28 March 1978. p. 3787.
  10. ^ "No. 51981". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1989. p. 1.
  11. ^ "No. 52065". The London Gazette. 5 March 1990. p. 2937.
  12. ^ "Lord Tombs". Hansard. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  13. ^ "House of Lords - Minute". The Stationery Office. 3 March 2008. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  14. ^ House of Lords Journal for 14 July 2008
  15. ^ http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/lords/retired-lords/ Retired members of the House of Lords