Harry Eccleston was the Bank's Chief Designer from 1962 until 1983 and was responsible for the production of the Pictorial (D Series) notes. He commented: "The canvas is ridiculously tiny and there is no 'frame' to your picture the edge is more of a wavy line. Add to that all the words you are obliged to include for statutory purposes, and then the restrictions that printing from an engraved plate imposes upon the monarch's portrait... (features) that make the forger's job more difficult, things like micro-lettering, machine engraving and hand engraving, close registered backgrounds, 'white line' and 'black line' vignettes, asymmetrically based patterns, to name but a few. On top of all that, the design has to be capable of mass production on high speed presses so that notes printed years apart look identical when placed side by side."
JOHN STANDISH FFORDE
The 24th Chief Cashier, John Fforde was born on 16 November 1921. During the war he served as a pilot in the RAF. After the war he returned to Oxford where he became a Fellow of Nuffield College. He entered Bank service in 1957. He was appointed Chief Cashier on 1 July 1966, a position he held until 28 February 1970.
JOHN BRANGWYN PAGE
The 25th Chief Cashier, John Page was born on 23 August 1923. Having served as a pilot with the RAF in the war, he joined the Bank in 1948. He became Assistant Chief Cashier in 1966 and First Deputy Chief Cashier in 1968. He held the post of Chief Cashier from 1 March 1970 to 29 February 1980.
DAVID HENRY FITZROY SOMERSET
The 26th Chief Cashier, David Somerset was born in 1930. He joined the Bank in 1952 and spent 3 years seconded to the Managing Director of the IMF. He became Deputy Chief Cashier in 1973 and was promoted to Chief Cashier on 1 March 1980. He remained in office until his retirement on 28 February 1988.
GEORGE MALCOLM GILL
The 27th Chief Cashier, Malcolm Gill was born on 23 May 1934. After National Service in the RAP, he joined the Bank in 1957. After periods with the IMF and the Treasury, he became head of the Foreign Exchange Division in 1982 and Chief Cashier on 1 March 1988. He retired on 24 November 1991.
GRAHAM EDWARD ALFRED KENTFIELD
The 28th Chief Cashier, Graham Kentfield was born on 3 September 1940. He joined the Bank in 1963 and worked in the Economics Division. In 1985 he became Deputy Chief Cashier and was appointed Chief Cashier on 25 November 1991. After seven years in the job, he retired on 17th September 1998.
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