Pat Crossland, Accounts Manager for the Pet Care Trust, retired recently after 16 years’ service to the national pet care charity.
Pat joined the Trust, then the Pet Trade and Industry Association, in April 1989, having worked part time as an accounts clerk for an insurance brokers. Officially an accounts administrator, but was quick to help out in other areas.
"In my time I’ve done grooming enquiries, membership, publications and exhibitions as well as accounts," said Pat. "You name it, I’ve done it. I think I’ve covered nearly every job in here."
Pat, whose other responsibilities included running the accounts for National Pet Week and initially the Ornamental Aquatics Trade Association, has seen many changes during her time at the Trust.
"When I joined there were only three of us, and we were based in the attic," she said. "We started off with about 500 members – now there are over 1,400."
Pat marked her retirement from the Trust with a board presentation and a team dinner. She now plans a trip to Hungary with her partner Joe, and will then spend time redecorating her house.
Accounting firm Whitehills Associates Ltd will be taking over the Pet Care Trust’s accounts management.
"We’re happy for Pat, but sorry to see her go," said Janet Nunn, Chief Executive of the Trust. "Pat has been a fantastic servant for the Trust over the years, and we wish her the very best for the future.