Starting as a receptionist at Triumph Engineering Co. and then later as secretary to the then-finance director , Charles Parker, Brenda Mary Price (1929-2019) became a prominent figure in Meriden history with the formation of the Meriden Co-operative. She not only had a position at the private PS Motors company dealing with the non-current Triumph spares acquired from NVT but also held senior positions within the co-operative. She was sales director during the growth year of 1978 having been company secretary upon the co-op’s formation. Price had set up TMA for the co-op in USA after their taking control of marketing Triumph from NVT. She would temporarily head the organisation after the sacking of then-TMA President Jack Hawthorne following the disastrous 1979 sales season until she recruited Wayne Moulton from Kawasaki.
Her business skills were appreciated by Triumph personnel on both sides of the Atlantic although she was prevented by oriental gender prejudice from directly negotiating hoped-for tie-ins with Japanese firms when Triumph desperately needed fresh capital to survive in 1979/80.
Brenda Price continued her business association with Meriden’s political sponsor and board member Geoffrey Robinson MP after he left Triumph until her death in November of this year. She had attended the 2005 unveiling of the Triumph factory memorial plaque outside its former Meriden site and the 2009 ‘Bonneville 50’ celebration organised by TOMCC.

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