Terence Beckett

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Sir Terence Norman Beckett KBE (13 December 1923 – 2 May 2013) was a British businessman, who was chairman of Ford and later became director-general of the Confederation of British Industry.

Early life[edit]

Beckett was born on 13 December 1923 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England.[1] He was educated at the independent Wolverhampton Grammar School. He then went on to study mechanical engineering at Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical college (now Wolverhampton University).[2]

On 14 July 1945, Beckett was commissioned in the British Army as a second lieutenant of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He was given the service number 352178.[3] He saw active service in India and Malaya.[4] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 January 1949 and granted the honorary rank of captain.[5] He took a BSc in economics at the London School of Economics.[6]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Beckett received the General Service Medal (1918) with Malaya clasp for his service during the Malayan Emergency.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1974. He was knighted in 1978. He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1987.[7]

Beckett also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University,along with Sir Sean Connery,[8] in 1981 [9]


  1. ^ "Sir Terence Beckett". The Telegraph. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  2. ^ McGarvey, Paddy (12 May 2013). "Sir Terence Beckett obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "No. 37239". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 August 1945. pp. 4325–4326.
  4. ^ Gooding, Kenneth (11 May 2013). "Terence Beckett, motor executive and employer chief". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ "No. 38708". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 September 1949. p. 4337.
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/may/12/sir-terence-beckett
  7. ^ "Sir Terence Beckett". The Times. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  8. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  9. ^ webperson@hw.ac.uk. "Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh: Honorary Graduates". www1.hw.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2016.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Methven
Director-General of the CBI
1980 – 1987
Succeeded by
John Banham