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He relocated to Manchester in 1960 & shortly after that to the West Midlands where he was an Assistant Postal Controller Class 1 & later Postal Controller.
Finally coming back to Surrey and working from Head Office in London.
He was a distinguished leader and a person who held the highest business ethics. Ken was a keen follower of sport and in his day a powerful rugby forward.
He loved to sail – especially on holiday with Liz and their boys.
The Mo D was indeed fortunate to have had the advice and guidance from this acknowledged expert in postal technology and mechanisation.
He gave freely of his time and expertise to plan the changes needed to bring the Mill Hill Depot into the world of postal automation.
With the 1992 reorganisation Ken was promoted to Director and General Manager SWSW and moved to Gloucester.
Graduating from Sandhurst as a lieutenant he was posted to Singaport for several years before returning to England and demobilization.
So the change of Corps and size were not exactly popular with anyone in the Group.
The fact that we became a recognised strength at Grantham was due entirely to Ken’s supportive leadership, his planning, inspiration, professionalism, determination and his tact and diplomacy.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. We will remember them Extract from ‘For the Fallen’ (1914) by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) Ken Barker was one of a line of distinguished Post Office Directors to command the Postal and Courier Services TA.
However, his tour was far from the norm as he headed the Group in both the Royal Engineers and the Royal Logistic Corps.