Cheryl Williams

SECRETARY Cheryl Williams is celebrating a 40-year milestone.Ms Williams started work as a receptionist at the Bury St Edmunds office of accountancy and business advisory firm Baker Tilly, then known as Oliver Lusher & Co, in August 1967.

SECRETARY Cheryl Williams is celebrating a 40-year milestone.

Ms Williams started work as a receptionist at the Bury St Edmunds office of accountancy and business advisory firm Baker Tilly, then known as Oliver Lusher & Co, in August 1967.

She was soon promoted to shorthand typist and continued expanding her administrative role over the next 40 years.

“When I first joined the firm I was working with cumbersome manual typewriters. Fax machines were non-existent, messages were sent by large telex machines and the photocopier was a labour-intensive contraption which involved two sheets of paper and a lot of liquid,” she recalled.


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Baker Tilly marked Ms Williams' milestone with a special drinks party for past and present work colleagues, and the firm's national managing partner, Laurence Longe, presented her with a digital camera and printer.

David Franklin, a partner in the audit team, described her as a “hard-working and responsible employee”.

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“We are honoured that she has chosen to stay with us for such an incredible length of time. Her loyalty is unrivalled, and very highly valued,” he said.

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