Nigel Broackes

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Sir Nigel Broakes (21 July 1934 – 29 September 1999) was the founder of Trafalgar House, one of the United Kingdom's largest contracting businesses.

Career[edit]

Born in Wakefield and educated at Brambletye School in Sussex and Stowe School, Broakes initially joined Stewart & Hughman, a firm of Lloyd's underwriters on leaving school.[1] He then did national service and was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps in 1953.[2]

After completing his national service and with the support of Eastern International, a small finance house, he started buying up bomb sites in London.[1] Eastern International became Trafalgar House and Broackes took a 21% stake in the business when it was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1963.[1] In 1964 the Company took a 49% stake in Bridge Walker, a construction company owned by Victor Matthews.[1] After that Broackes and Matthews worked together to build Trafalgar House into one of the United Kingdom's largest contracting businesses.[1] Broackes resigned in 1992 following heavy losses associated with a diversification into offshore activities.[1]

In 1979 Broackes became Chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation, a post he resigned from in 1984.[1] He was knighted for his role at that organisation in 1984.[3]

He died in 1999 in Chelsea.[1]

Family[edit]

He was married to Joyce Edith Horne and together they went on to have two sons and a daughter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nigel Broackes at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ "No. 39877". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1953. p. 3099. 
  3. ^ "No. 49966". The London Gazette. 27 December 1984. p. 17387. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Broakes, Nigel (1979). A Growing Concern. Littlehampton Book Services. ISBN 978-0297776543.