Celebration of Bill and Tom’s 90th birthdays
Bill is a faithful contributor to Halkin over many years, providing an accessible monthly summary to the monthly Browning Letter on climate and weather events. Tom is a staunch supporter of Halkin, having been a great friend of Teddy Butler-Henderson and a director of Naydale Services, the precursor to Halkin Services.
We presented Bill and Tom with commemorative 1928 coin sets to express our gratitude and to congratulate them on their magnificent achievements.
William Houston joined the Royal Navy at the end of the Second World War and specialised in weapons. After leaving the Service, he qualified as a Chartered Engineer and in administration before embarking on a career as a 'company doctor' - advising a large range of industrial and commercial concerns. There followed a period acting as industrial advisor to a City merchant bank.
His first book "Avoiding Adversity" was published in 1989 warning businessmen of the coming recession, shortly to be followed by "Meltdown" and "Riding the Business Cycle" that warned of the growing disruption that would take place early in the next century.
Tom Griffin is one of the legends of international fund management, pioneering the search for investment opportunities in the Far East in the 1970s. Tom co-founded GT Management with Richard Thornton in 1969