Sad death of a Past National President
Frank Davis MSc CEng FIM FIBF
(Born Barry, South Wales, 15th September, 1924; died Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 17th December, 2006.)
Frank Davis came to Sheffield in 1966 following 21 years in the research department with Metropolitan Vickers at Trafford Park, Manchester. He was initially the General Manager and Director of English Steel Casting Corporation where one of his main claims to fame was making the biggest casting ever in the UK, a total of 350 tons, which involved bringing 60 tons of liquid steel from Firth Browns by rail. With all the calculations made, and the cooling rate established for the transport of the metal along the railway from furnace to mould, without warning it snowed! However, the work which was for a power station in America, was successfully completed.
After nationalisation, Frank became General Manager of Operations at the River Don works. He left in 1971 and was at Robert Jenkins between 1974 until 1978. His last company as Managing Director was W A Tyzack, where he turned what had been an ailing company into a profitable one with the assistance of a fine senior management team. This included the transformation of the Green Lane works from a run down building into a refurbished one complete with trees at its entrance. Finally, he became Chairman of T H Wolstenholme, following the death of Fred Wolstenholme. He retired from here in 1996.
Outside of his work, Frank was active in many other activities. From 1976 to 1977 he was National President for the Institute of British Foundrymen, noe ICME. This was an honorary position that he always recalled with pride. He was also a Past Freeman of the Cutlers Company.
Between 1977 and 1987 he was deputy chairman of the Governing Body of Sheffield Polytechnic (now Hallam University) where he was able to contribute much at the interface of industry and education, showing concern for individual students as well as wider issues of policy. He was given an Honorary Fellowship by Hallam University in 1987. Frank also became Chairman of the Committee for Community Service Advertising at Yorkshire Television and served on the Board of Telethon.
Several local charities will also remember his able assistance with fund-raising and his business acumen, notably Whirlow Hall Farm Trust and the Concord Youth Brass Band.
Speaking not long before his death, Frank felt that his main contribution was the development and liberation of the capabilities and potential of younger people, many of whom will remember him with affection.