Steadcross Business Development Officer, Sandra Jones Retires

Last month, our outgoing Business Development Officer, Sandra Jones, announced to us her intention to retire. Before she left her post on 14th February, she wrote this blog reflecting on her working life:


I started work in 1976 as a junior with The Halifax Building Society in Cloth Hall Street in Huddersfield. I worked full time until 2016 with various companies including Prudential, CITB, NHBC and Jobcentre Plus. In 2016 I joined NDNA on a part time basis and latterly worked at Steadcross.

After 43 years of work, I have decided to retire with my fiancée Neil, before we tie the knot in April!

I will have a lot to keep me busy, planning our Easter wedding, renovating our home which we purchased in October, looking after our 3 grandchildren based in Essex and Lincolnshire, keeping an eye on my Mum and having some time to do lots of things with Neil.

When I started work in 1976 I earned £800 pa. As a staff perk I used to get 15p luncheon vouchers and I used to save them up to go to The Mandarin for a Chinese meal. They must have dreaded us all going in with our pile of 15p vouchers! As a junior I had to answer the back door, deliver post around the town, go on a sweetie run for the counter staff, open the post, do the shredding and collect the cheques from the cashiers. After a year I was made up to a Cashier – I felt like I had made it!

I moved away from Huddersfield in 1983 and lived in Essex for 32 years, hence my unusual accent!

My Dad unfortunately fell ill in 2013 and so I decided to return up North and moved in with Neil in 2014. I was able to spend time with my Dad until he sadly passed away in 2015, and be there to support my Mum.

43 years have flown and I hope it will slow down a little bit now, for me to enjoy my RETIREMENT.

Everyone here at Steadcross wish Sandra a very happy retirement, and wish herself & her fiancée, Neil, all the very best for their wedding next month, and hope they both enjoy a long and happy married life together