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Richard Watkinson & Partners' Long-Standing Secretary Retires After More Than 40 Years


Barbara Simpkin began working for Richard Watkinson, now senior partner at Richard Watkinson & Partners, in 1975 and now – after 41 years – she has announced her retirement.

“I began working as Richard’s personal assistant in the 1970s when he was junior partner at Edward Bailey & Son in Newark,” said Barbara.

“I had trained at secretarial college in Stoke-on-Trent and began working at the agency at the age of 25.

“The offices then were very different to how they are now; typewriters, manual printers and phones – no emails or computers, both of which we rely so heavily upon today,” continued Barbara.

Richard Watkinson & Partners was established in 1988 and, after a few years apart – with Barbara starting a family and Richard starting a business – the two were reunited and Barbara returned as the Newark office’s secretary.

“In the mid-1990s we were delighted to welcome Barbara to the business,” said Richard.

“She has been with the agency ever since and her work has been invaluable to the businesses; throughout her time with us she has been loyal, dedicated and hard working. I can safely say that she has been a perfect secretary and PA to myself and the senior partners,” added Richard.

Liz Small, who will be filling Barbara’s position, is relocating to the area – moving from Boxall, Brown & Jones in Derby - to join the Richard Watkinson & Partners office located on Kirkgate in Newark.

“It will be the start of a new era, Liz has been trained for the last few weeks so we look forward to welcoming her into the agency,” continued Richard.

Barbara is now looking forward to enjoying a long retirement.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Richard Watkinson & Partners. I’ve stayed at work past the normal retirement age – I’ll be 66 next month – because I’ve loved it so much.

“Richard has been a brilliant boss who has been very easy to work for and I wish Liz all the best in her new role,” continued Barbara.

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