Diary: Wadley-Smith bids farewell to Basham and hello to the OU

I hear that Brian Basham is to lose one of his most trusted lieutenants - Barry Wadley-Smith is taking a back seat after 16 years on the Basham team.

I hear that Brian Basham is to lose one of his most trusted

lieutenants - Barry Wadley-Smith is taking a back seat after 16 years on

the Basham team.



Although Wadley-Smith plans to spend more time with his family, (not a

euphemism - he has three children aged 13, six and four.) he is also

planning to take an Open University course.



’I’ve had a hankering to do it ever since Harold Wilson set it up,’ he

said, after I tracked him down recovering from a morning of sailing.



’I went to Sandhurst directly from school and I wished I had gone to

university. I’m now 51 so I thought I’d better do it before I popped my

clogs,’ he adds.



With A levels in geology and ancient history Wadley-Smith says he would

love the chance to do some archaeology and hopes to fit his study around

his remaining commitments at Basham and Coyle.



’He remains as consultant on certain clients and is still director of

the company,’ said director John Coyle.



Between sailing, studying and children, here’s one PR man who’s

determined not to turn into an old fossil.



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