Ops controller Paul Pettigrew retires after 45 years

Happy retirement to Croydon Operations Controller Paul Pettigrew after 45 year’s loyal service at Pickfords!


Joining Pickfords in 1970 as a General Clerk based at Redhill in Surrey, Paul rose through various roles before becoming Wimbledon Branch Manager in 1977, paving the way for an array of management positions across London and the south until he was transferred to Croydon as Operations Controller in 2012, where he remained until his retirement.

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Paul’s colleagues describe him as incredibly helpful, reliable and always working hard to satisfy customers, building great relationships with colleagues across the country.


The retirement party was held at Woodmansterne Sports Centre in Banstead, Surrey, where Paul celebrated his career with his family and colleagues past and present. He told an anecdote of his time as a sales rep: being nervous of dogs, he was unfortunate to visit a customer’s home filled with growling, barking hounds. While the customer was kind enough to keep the dogs away from Paul, part way through surveying the house he was terrified to hear more barking right behind him, only to discover the noise coming from the family’s pet parrot, imitating the dogs!


Paul plans to spend his retirement doing jobs around the house, playing golf and taking much-needed holidays.


Pickfords would like to thank Paul for his service and wish him a very happy retirement.

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