Every year Williams celebrates its longest serving members of staff and this year we recognised the service of employees who have collectively racked up 350 years of service between them! This includes six people who have been with Williams for 20 years, four for 30 years and three people who have reached 40 years at the company.
These achievements were marked with a special lunch for all employees and the presentation of gift awards for the long-standing employees.
Lee Parkin, manufacturing team leader, has been at the company for 30 years and can still remember his first day. I started off helping to build evaporators, and someone swapped my can of drink with some of the water we used to test coils in,” he says. “It was pretty funny, and I’ve not looked back!” Working at Williams has been very rewarding for Lee. “I’ve learned a lot of skills and made a lot of friends along the way.”
Mark Rippon, ICT manager, is one of the employees who has reached 40 years at Williams and agrees that it is the people who work there and the variety of the work that make it so special. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had over the years, which have enabled me to travel and experience almost every part of this business,” he says. “Williams has grown into a global brand over the past 40 years through innovative technology and design, and it’s the people who work here that have made it what it is. I’m proud to be part of the team!”
“It’s always a great pleasure to celebrate the long service commitment of our colleagues,” says Tim Smith, managing director of Williams Refrigeration.
“Our colleagues are Williams' most valuable asset. I feel very privileged that so many colleagues choose to make lasting careers with Williams. Their collective knowledge, skills and experience is second to none in our industry and is the essence of Williams quality and performance. It is also a truly remarkable year, as we mark another milestone with 30 employees who have each completed over 30 years of service with us. Their combined loyal service actually works out at a total of 1066 years, a highly appropriate number as Williams continues to conquer the market, delivering new and innovative solutions for the refrigeration needs of a wide variety of industries!”
Staff recognised for their service included:
- Mark Rippon
- Keith Panks
- Domonic Mace
- Lee Parkin
- Carl Muffett
- Angela Mowles
- Gerald Armsby
- Neville Gathercole
- Philip Bide
- Laura Fox
- Yvonne Gathercole
- Lance Hewitt
- Christopher Munnelly