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Twenty and out - Mary retires from DTL after exactly two decades

Twenty and out - Mary retires from DTL after exactly two decades

18 May 2017

Develop Training Ltd (DTL) said farewell and good luck to Mary Webster today, who is retiring exactly 20 years to the day she first walked through the doors of the York training centre.

Mary joined DTL as a Photocopier Operator on 19 May 1997 when the company was known as Water Train International (WTI), following a 30-year career with British Gas training new starters for Centrica and Transco. In the two decades since, her role has developed to see her oversee all reprographics for the York training centre.

Much changed in twenty years

"The company was much different when I joined to how it is now," Mary recalls, "WTI was a charity, and there perhaps wasn’t the same drive there is today to make the business successful. The diversification into new training areas alongside Water has brought with it new clients and many delegates to our training centres.

"Over the years I’ve really enjoyed working with the team at York, the social get-togethers we’ve organised and consequently that’s what I’ll miss most – my colleagues and speaking with visiting delegates."

And of the retirement date? It’s not often one departs a company on the anniversary of them joining.

"I couldn’t decide whether to retire on the 19th to complete my 20 years’ service, or on my birthday which is in July," Mary laughs, "In the end it seemed neater to choose the former, although my friends joke that I’m being overly neat and tidy!"

Future plans

So what does retirement hold in store for Mary, are there plans to travel?

"I’m looking forward to holidaying in Italy this summer, and making plans to visit my brother-in-law in New Zealand at some stage," Mary enthuses, "but after spending a couple of years working with my step-son when he was a motorcycle grand prix racer, I saw a lot of the world and ended up feeling a bit ‘travelled out’ so I am mostly looking forward to putting my feet up!"

"On behalf of everyone at DTL, I’d like to thank Mary for her outstanding service to the company. We wish her a happy and healthy retirement." said Chris Wood, CEO of Develop Training.