John Luxford receives
Honorary Life Membership
The BAR Board of Directors recently conferred Honorary Life Membership of the Association on industry
veteran John Luxford in recognition of his substantial service to the BAR and contribution to raising standards
of quality within the wider industry.
John has been deeply involved at all levels of BAR affairs
across his long and illustrious career. One of his earliest
experiences of Association governance was his taking
up the chair of its Mid Southern Area in the early 1990s.
During this time he also became an active member
of the BAR Publicity Committee that was tasked with
promoting the Association crest as a mark of quality to
the general public.
John has long championed professional standards
for the removals industry. Having initially joined the
Movers Institute (TMI) – the Association’s training body
as it was then known – as a lecturer and exam marker,
he quickly rose through the ranks to become Chairman
of its Examination Committee, also heading up his
local TMI branch and eventually taking the reins as
Institute Chairman in 1997. Around the same time, and
along with BAR Past President David Trenchard, John
was also instrumental in the launch of Quality Service
Standards (QSS), which was formed to develop the BS
EN 12522 domestic moving standard and oversee its
implementation within the domestic removals market.
John was also a founding Director of the newly formed
BAR Training Services.
John got more than he bargained for when he took
on the role of BAR President in 2000. Having nearly
completed his year in office – as was the original
term – John became the first President to serve two
consecutive years after the incoming President Elect
suddenly left the industry.
John was fortunate to be at the helm of the
Association during the millennium year, and so oversaw
the celebrations around the centenary of the formation
of the Furniture Warehousemen and Removers
Association (FWRA), the forerunner of the BAR.
Among other things this involved hosting an immense
500-guest Gala Dinner at the Grand Hotel in Brighton
to mark the Association’s 100th birthday.
During John’s time in office he presided over the
significant action needed to implement the Competition
Act, which required the BAR to revise its Membership
Criteria and strengthen its inspection processes for a
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BAR President Ian Palmer presented John (right) with his Honorary Life Membership earlier this year
new, consumer-led age. Investment into further quality
programmes and schemes continued under John’s
watch, with BAR head office achieving Investors in
People accreditation in 2001.
After completing his run as President John kept up his
close involvement with QSS and BAR Services – another
committee on which he had served for more than two
decades – culminating in becoming Chairman of BAR
Services for a number of years.
John’s family can trace its heritage in the trade as
far back as the 1860s. His great-grandfather, Sidney
Wynn Luxford, founded the family firm initially as
a greengrocer’s, serving the Kingston-upon-Thames
area before moving his business to Weybridge, Surrey,
where he opened a shop to sell his produce. It was with
Sidney’s son, Herbert, that the business diversified into
general haulage and domestic removals under the
name H F Luxford & Sons. At that time the company’s
removals yard was in Baker Street, a prime site right at
the centre of town, with the ground floor of the family
home serving as the office.
John joined the family firm in 1982, after graduating
from university with a degree in politics and philosophy
and having spent time with moving firms in London. In
the early 1990s John took over as Luxfords’ Managing
Director from his uncle, Joe (BAR Past President 1985-
6), and began to expand and modernise the business
in preparation for the new millennium. A shrewd and
skilful diplomat, John managed to coordinate the
interests of the family shareholders, most of whom were
not working in the business, to instigate the sale of
Luxfords’ freehold premises in central Weybridge. Once
in control of the family shares, in 1998 he took the
brave leap to purchase a site near the Brooklands motor
circuit and construct a formidable 1,000-container
warehouse on the premises. Former customer Sir Cliff
Richard cut the ribbon for the new site at an opening
ceremony attended by such luminaries as Sir Geoff
Hurst and Grace Jones.
In 2019, John retired and sold what has become
a highly respected business to the Doree Bonner
International Group to carry on the Luxfords name,
synonymous with quality and professionalism, well into
A Luxford donkey and cart pictured in 1910