Staffer notches up 25 years

PUBLISHED: 16:25 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 October 2009

Simon Redhead and John O'Conner

Simon Redhead and John O'Conner

STARTING off as a seasonal grass cutter, 25 years down the line a grounds maintenance worker has ploughed his way up to management level and has been awarded for his work. Simon Redhead has been with John O Conner since 1983 and this year the Great North

STARTING off as a seasonal grass cutter, 25 years down the line a grounds maintenance worker has ploughed his way up to management level and has been awarded for his work.

Simon Redhead has been with John O'Conner since 1983 and this year the Great North Road company has honoured him with a Long Service Award.

The Codicote villager said: "My first job was pushing out with a pedestrian mower behind one of the ride-on grass cutter operators in Borehamwood."

However, Simon's career changed in the winter of 1985 when he found himself in the workshops; the Welwyn firm soon recognised that Simon had mechanical skills and he was asked to join the small team of mechanics who repaired equipment and vehicles.

Today, Simon is the organisation's fleet manager responsible for service, repair and development of a 200-plus fleet of commercial vehicles, including Vauxhalls and Fords.

He added: "One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job has been helping in the design and development of a new body for the Vauxhall Movano that the company has ordered for its new contract with East Herts District Council."

Matthew O'Conner, managing director, said: "The long service awards have been a fantastic way to acknowledge the loyalty and hard work of our people.

"So far we have had over 30 employees who qualified for the award which we feel is testament to the firm's culture."

John O'Conner, chairman, added: "He has been a real asset and has played a vital role in the company's development."

The business held a buffet lunch to mark the occasion where Simon was presented with gifts.

Martin Currell, also from Codicote, marked 10 years as well.


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