A.B.Walker is actually a seventh generation business that has been in the Walker family for five generations having been started by Mr Benjamin Dunn in 1826. Subsequently, Alfred Blyth Walker married his granddaughter and eventually acquired the business in 1882. The current working members of the family are all directors of the company: Julian, Matthew and his wife Melissa. In addition, Julian’s wife Nicola Kirk, a practicing lawyer, is a non-executive director, and Terry Goodsell, a Chartered Accountant, serves as our non-family Chairman.
Julian, Melissa and Matthew Walker
As with any family business, the heritage, values and culture of our family are readily infused into everything we do; when offering such a personal service, we believe this makes all the difference.
A.B. Walker was established in 1826 in Reading as ‘Coach Masters’; the Walker family originally from Marlow moved in the 1870’s to Crown Street, Reading before settling on the present day site on Eldon Road in the 1930’s. Over the generations, they became part of the identity of Reading and in time branched out to the communities of Bracknell, Wokingham, Maidenhead, Thatcham, Henley-on-Thames, Caversham and Tilehurst in recognition of the need to be locally embedded in order to provide an appropriate local service.
Our family history has had more than its share of conflicts, accidents, unexpected deaths, unexplained births, intrigue and captivating perseverance and loyalty. Each generation seems to have brought something new; as in the past, the current custodians will be looking to the next generation to affirm their accomplishments.
A.B. Walker have always been involved with the national organisations that represent our profession and several members of the family, past and present, have held offices both regionally and nationally. Our membership of these trade associations offer our clients the reassurance of our compliance to a rigorous code of practice as a framework for best practice and also a complaints process. Click through for more information.