Slaithwaite-based Shaw Pallet recently said farewell but not goodbye to employee Judith Garside.
Judith joined Shaw Pallet in March 1993 when she was looking to get back into work after starting a family. Initially, it was just two weeks of work experience as part of a training scheme organised by The Colne Valley Trust. Those first two weeks quickly lead to a position covering maternity leave for a colleague.
But there was to be no escape for Judith because she took up a permanent position in charge of payroll for Shaw Pallet and it’s sister company at the time Shaw Timber.
This was a particularly demanding and responsible role because it involved calculating weekly wages and bonus for over 100 staff.This involved ordering the precise amount of money from the bank on Tuesday for delivery on Thursday and finally processing the cash into wage packets for distribution by lunchtime the next day.
As payroll moved away from cash to electronic payment, Judith gradually took on more responsibility for HR issues, pension payments and other related issues.
Judith lives in Meltham with her husband Darren and is planning to take a well-earned rest, spend more time with grandson Isaac and enjoy some holidays.
Most importantly, she has promised to keep in touch with her friends at Shaw Pallet and visit them regularly with her homemade cakes – Judith’s baking is the stuff of legend.