Stahl sadly reports the recent death of two well-known UK leather personalities, Len Kershaw and Mervyn Alcock. Len Kershaw worked for Stahl UK Limited as Export Manager in the late 1970s. Prior to this, he began his career in the leather industry at Midland Leather Company where he became Technical Director for many years. He had also attended the Leathersellers College in London. Following his time with Stahl, Len worked for a number of shoe and leathergoods tanners in the north of England. Len was an enthusiastic and creative person throughout his working life and a family man to the end. He leaves behind his wife Valerie, his son Stephen and his daughter Rachel.

Mervyn Alcock started his leather career with the Gomshall Group after qualifying at the British School of Leather Technology in Northampton. He worked for Connolly Leather for ten years before joining Stahl Europe in 2002 as a member of the company’s global Automotive Technical Team. Throughout his working life, he was always prepared to travel and during his time with Stahl he visited places as far reaching as South America, China, Japan, Singapore and India. He leaves behind his wife Margaret, his daughters Claire and Kathryn and grandchildren Oliver and Ella. Both men were extremely popular with Stahl’s customers and with their colleagues. Stahl extend their deepest condolences to their families and feels sure that this will be echoed by all who knew them.