|1860 - 1876
He was the first Chairman and held the post for 16 years. He was also head of the British Shipowners Company.
|1876 - 1889
Records are not specific but the editorial of The Cadet Magazine Sept 1889 says that
John Williamson of the Williamson Milligan & Co, and MD of Cunard had been Chairman for "several years".
James Poole was Chairman for "four years".
W S Graves of the White Star Co had been "...recently Chairman for several years..."
Captain Sproule, a senior Brocklebank Master was definitely Chairman at some point but his exact years are not known.
The" Lord Mayor of Liverpool" was the Chairman
There were two mayors in that year EDWARD HATTON COOKSON, Esq. and THOMAS HUGHES, Esq.
|1890 - Jul 1895 (at least)
Charles MacIver Esq
Liverpool shipping magnate, he had joined Samuel Cunard in establishing
the 'British and North American Royal Steam Packet Company' - later
better known as the Cunard Line. He was a crew member of the British
boat Mouchette, which won the silver medal in the 12 metre class at the
| 1896 - 1906
Sir Thomas B Royden Bart.
power in Liverpool business and political circles” with a “sympathetic
and most kindly nature” he steered the Ship “during a critical period
and steered the management during a trying time with much tact,
discrimination and respect.” in 1897 he was one of the first shipping
company owners to start taking cadets directly from Conway to serve their
apprenticeships in steam rather than sail.
|1906 - approx Jun 1912
Sir Robert Hampson (cadet June 1913 page 166).
Previously Mgt Committee member
|At least Jun 1911 to Aug 1928
G D Killey JP
He joined the committee in 1899 and was a "true and loyal friend" to the Ship.
Cadet magazine announced that Fortay was Acting Chairman. No mention is
made of Killey other than "his deplorable loss" (he had been ill in
1927). Killey was Chairman for 17 years so it is strange that there is
no mention of his death or acknowledgement of his service to the Ship.
|23rd Jul 1928 - 15th Jul 1934
Sir Frederick Bowring Kt DL JP.
Liberal MP for Liverpool (Exchange Ward) 1909-20 and Toxteth 1924
Mayor of Liverpool 1925-27
Knighted Jan 1928
was chairman of CT Bowring & Co, a director of Barclays Bank and of
the Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co. He was Lord Mayor
of Liverpool for 2 years and eventually knighted. He eventually retired
because of ill health but remained on the committee. At the same time the King appointed him High Sheriff for Lancashire and he later became Deputy Lt of The Palatine.
Profile and photo
|15th Jul 1934 - Jun 1953
of Alfred Holt & Co, he had been Lord Mayor of Liverpool 1929-30.
He was also a member of the Coal Mines Re-organisation Committee and
the Blanesborough Committee on Unemployment Insurance.
He was appointed
“when it was essential that new ideals, vision and energy were required
for Conway was then behind the times in the education she provided.
Under his guiding hand a new spirit pervaded the Ship, the curriculum
was amended, and the Ship received recognition as an efficient
secondary school. The vast resources of Mr. Holt’s family business were
put at the Ship’s disposal and all departments gave advice and help so
that not only were the educational facilities improved but also the
hull and fittings. A large programme of refit was put in hand. His
retirement … will be a grievous loss to us, for it has been an
inspiration to all on board to have a chairman whose watchword was
On his retirement the post of President of the Management Committee was created specially for him.
|Jun 1953 - 1959
Brian Heathcote OBE MSc.
Manager, Alfred Holt. He had already been associated with the
ship for over 18 years. He was an educationalist and on the Council of
Liverpool University and several other schools. Heathcote was
introduced as a man with “like ideals” and “there is no man better to
see the obstacles overcome and we look forward with confidence to his
years in office.” As part of his first address to cadets, Heathcote
demonstrated a deep understanding of Conway with a rallying cry, which
resonates to this day “Tradition doesn't reside in the timbers of an
old ship. It doesn't reside in bricks and mortar. Tradition is in us.
It is the use we make of the examples of the past, to embellish it, to
enhance it, and then to pass it on to the generations yet to come.” He
retired because of ill health.
|1959 - Apr 1966
Sir John Nicholson Bart CIE JP
was the managing director of Alfred Holt & Co, Chairman of Martins
(now Lloyds) Bank and a Director of Royal Insurance. He had been on the
committee for many years.
was responsible for much of the planning and fundraising for the New
Block. He was the first Chairman of the newly renamed the Conway Cadet
School Ltd that took over ownership of Conway from the MMSA. He always tried to spend at least one weekend in the Ship every year.
1966 he was elected Chairman of the British Liner Committee and of the
Committee of European Shipowners Committee. These entailed extensive
travel so he relinquished his position as Chairman of Conway's
Committee but remained on the committee.
|Apr 1966 - 30th May 1968
was Lawrence Holt's son. He gained his second mate's ticket with Blue
Funnel and was Marine Manager of Elder Dempster. He was President of
the Kirby & North Liverpool Sea Scouts, a Director of the OBSS
Aberdovey, a Governor of Liverpool Institute High School and had been
on the management committee for 12 years.
was the last Chairman under Conway Cadet School Ltd ownership, followed
by a period from 31st December 1967 as Chairman of a transitional
committee until the British Shipping Federation assumed ownership. He
then reverted to be a committee member and remained one until closure.
|31st December 1967
MMSA relinquished control of Conway and was replaced by an interim
"unofficial" committee of management under the chairmanship of Julian
The new British Shipping Federation / Cheshire County Council management committee took control on 1st June 1968.
|1st Jun 1968 - Nov 1971
Lt Cdr Stanley Grant Fowler RNVR MBE.
spent six years in the the RNVR in armed trawlers in the Atlantic
convoys, finally becoming a Lt Cdr in command of an American Tank
Landing Ship. After being demobbed he went on to become Deputy Chairman
and Managing Director of the New Zealand Shipping Company and the
Federal Steam Navigation Company. He had served in the RNVR, was also a
director of the Australind Steamship Company and went on to a senior
position in P&O Group.
was the first chairman of Conway under British Shipping Federation
ownership. He successfully negotiated with the Secretary for State For
Education for Conway to be awarded Voluntary Aided Status. It was his
"steadfastness of integrity and purpose" that settled Conway down after
these turbulent changes.
|Nov 1971 - 1974
Lt Cdr David Williams RN
served his apprenticeship with Moor Line and spent many years at sea
with the Royal Navy 's Fleet Air Arm and the Merchant Navy.
Mentioned in Dispatches whilst in Ark Royal and was shot down ending up
a prisoner of war for 5 years.
He joined Palm Line's management team
and became a Director in 1956.