Magazine article Public Finance

Obituary: James Watts 1927-2013

Magazine article Public Finance

Obituary: James Watts 1927-2013

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James Watts - or Jim to his colleagues - died on February 6, 20 13 at the age of 85. Jim passed away at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester after fighting a succession of serious illnesses, which he had very bravely borne. He leaves behind his wife, three children and five grandchildren.

Jim was born in Brighton in 1927. When he was 1 1, he secured a scholarship at Varndean School in Brighton, where he remained until the age of 16, after which he got his first job at Brighton Council as a finance officer.

After two years of national service, Jim went to Stevenage Council to take up a finance position. Fol lowing that, he took on a role with the Crawley Development Corporation, which was a very challenging ti me with the founding of the New Towns. Jim qualified as an accountant with the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants, the forerunner to CIPFA, at West Sussex County Council in 1957. …

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