Long-serving staff member celebrates 45th year at accountants Thorne Widgery - Thorne Widgery

For the last 45 years, Administration Assistant Jan Stephens has supported the team of accountants and tax advisors at Thorne Widgery in Hereford.

To celebrate her time at the firm, her colleagues and the award-winning firm’s Directors have held a celebration to highlight Jan’s hard work and dedication.

Jan started at the firm as a junior shorthand typist in 1974 and then progressed to become a receptionist and secretary to the Directors.

She now works closely with the Tax Department for all their administration requirements and manages all the tax books in progress.

Jan also acts as the firm’s events co-ordinator and ensures everything is prepared to a high standard for all of Thorne Widgery’s popular seminars and conferences.

Speaking about her time at Thorne Widgery, Jan said: “The firm has undergone huge changes, but has always remained ahead of the curve. When I first started, everything was done on manual typewriters at our old offices in All Saints Street in Hereford.

“Since then the firm has embraced the technological revolution and is now leading the way in our profession when it comes to digital technology. The systems that we use now are a godsend compared to our original systems in the 70s and 80s, one of which used tapes with holes in it to computerise all accounts jobs in the office.

“I am so grateful to have worked at such a friendly and supportive practice, with such lovely people. I continue to love my job, which is why I have never considered moving since I started.”

During the celebrations held at Thorne Widgery’s office in Wyevale Business Park the team congratulated Jan on her long service.

Kevin Tong, Thorne Widgery’s longest-serving Director, said: “Jan has done an amazing job and continues to show how dedicated she is to her role. Spending 45 years with the same employer is a rare achievement these days and I think it speaks volumes about the wonderful work culture we enjoy at Thorne Widgery.

“On behalf of all the team at Thorne Widgery, I would like to thank Jan for all her hard work.”