We thank Margaret for long service

Published by Nick Alder on 31 January 2020

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Margaret Schofield and Nick Alder


Today we say “thank you and farewell” to Margaret Schofield from Canterbury, who retires after an incredible 47 years with the firm.

Loyal and thinking of clients to the end, Margaret from the Accounts and Outsourcing team in Canterbury timed her retirement to be on 31 January, to make sure she helped clients file their tax returns on time before the midnight deadline.

Margaret began her long career with Kreston Reeves on 7 August 1972 in a month where David Bowie’s Starman and All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople were in the UK Top 20, the Summer Olympics were taking place in Munich and Walmart Stores Inc started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Margaret lives in Canterbury and has been based in the Kreston Reeves Canterbury office for the large majority of her career however she has also worked in the firm’s former office in Dover.

Margaret comments: “So much has changed in the workplace over the last 47 years – I wonder how we managed with technology being so basic in those days. Calculators for example were just coming into the workplace and we still had manual typewriters and no computers. There only used to be one telephone per room. It was also much less time pressured as there were no HMRC deadlines or late filing penalties and of course the tax rates for individuals and businesses have changed enormously since then. I am very grateful to all my colleagues for their send off today and wish everyone well in the future.”

Nick Alder, Partner at Kreston Reeves comments: “Margaret has been one of our stalwart unsung heroes within the Firm and it is probably true to say that we won’t know the full range of her incredible skills and talents until she’s no longer there for us.  She has been the Firm’s very own “Search Engine” before Google and the internet existed, and we will miss her friendship, her enthusiasm and her passion to pass on her knowledge to our new trainees.  Margaret has been our link with past generations of clients, Partners and staff over those 47 years, whilst always encouraging us to look to what the future holds for all of us. We wish Margaret a long and happy retirement.”

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