Movers & Shakers: Muntons malt firm bids farewell to Keith after 50 years’ service
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Keith Riches has retired from Stowmarket-based malt firm Muntons after 50 years’ continuous service.
Keith joined in April 1967 as a quality control laboratory analyst on a starting salary of £4 10/- per week, or £4.50 in today’s money.
During the course of his career he progressed to his current position as quality control laboratory team leader in the busy laboratory, where thousands of samples are tested each year.
“People say that this is a real achievement but to me there was just no reason to leave. The time has flown past, particularly the last couple of years, and whilst I am looking forward to retirement I will miss the job,” he said.
“One thing I won’t miss is the bicycle journey to work and back every day – particularly when it’s pouring down.”
Manufacturing and sustainability director Nigel Davies said: “Keith’s achievement is remarkable. He has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience that he has been able to use to guide our analytical performance to a high level.
“His cycling to work is well known and in my estimation Keith has in his 50 years ridden the equivalent of around four times around the world just coming to and from work. We wish him a very long, happy and enjoyable retirement.”
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The firm has offices in Bishop’s Stortford, Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Epping.
William said: “Selling Country Homes requires an in-depth understanding of this area of the market. Just as a Savile Row tailor would provide clients with the finest hand-made suits, we need to offer a bespoke approach to the selling of unique country homes across our area.
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Chris, from Coggeshall, joined Colchester-based Birkett Long Independent Financial Advisers (IFA) in 2015 after gaining experience in the pensions, investment management and banking sectors.
He has now qualified by passing his Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) Financial Planning Practice exams and completing his Diploma in Financial Planning.
Nicola Ward, team leader and financial planning manager, said: “Chris joined Birkett Long as part of our Trainee Adviser Programme with one part of the qualification under his belt but, in under two years, he has passed a further five exams to attain his qualification, an excellent achievement.
“This is thoroughly deserved, and we wish him success in his career as a qualified Independent Financial Adviser.”
Two years ago Birkett Long IFA recognised there was a shortage of good quality financial advisers and decided to develop the Trainee Adviser Programme, with Chris becoming the first trainee. The firm’s second trainee is expected to qualify next year and, with the scheme proving so successful, it is currently recruiting another.
Father-of-two Chris, 29, a former student of Kesgrave Sixth Form in Ipswich, worked in the town for eight years before joining a private bank in London.
Chris said: “The advisers and the wider firm have been fantastic in their support and encouragement towards me during my training. I have had a great deal to learn from a technical standpoint, and how to liaise with clients and provide appropriate advice.”
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John will work with the the firm’s managing partners to ensure the new IT strategy supports its business strategy.
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Alex, from Epping, joins Redrow from Barratt London, where he spent 11 years, most recently as sales director, responsible for new home sales strategy and delivery, leading a team across significant developments across the Central and West London area.
“I have enjoyed a great career to date, joining Barratt London’s graduate scheme over a decade ago and gaining experience within all parts of the business on my way to my final director level role. It was the right time to take the next step, to continue my career with Redrow, a housebuilder that is firmly focussed on growth in the competitive commuter-belt market,” he said.
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Redrow regional chief executive Matthew Pratt described Alex as “a rising star” in the industry, having held various senior roles already.
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The Great Yarmouth based consultancy is owned and run by brother and sister team Paul Gibbs and Sharon O’Mahony.
Sally brings a wealth of industry knowledge from her background in the oil and gas industry and renewables.
“I am thrilled to be joining P&S Personnel. Having worked in the energy industry on both the agency side and the client side, I’ve had the opportunity to hone my skills and contacts across the board, and am now in a position to help Paul and Sharon grow the business,” she said.
Sharon said: “We are really excited to have secured Sally’s appointment.”