Carol Speed joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as a secretary in 1978. She moved into Accounts after a while and later became the Chief Accounts Clerk. She looked after the finances of the department for many years and saw us through the introduction of CAPSA, the University's computerised accounting system.
Carol moved on in the New Year to become the Department Secretary (Finance) at the Computing Laboratory at their new William Gates Building at West Cambridge. A buffet lunch was held in her honour at Queens' College, on Friday 1 March 2002.
The photograph shows Carol with Howard Chase, our Head of Department. He was delighted to present her with a card signed by all her departmental friends and colleagues. There was such an overwhelming response to sign her greetings card, that this became completely full and signatures over-spilled onto two sides of a piece of card. This is a true measure of our appreciation of Carol's personal help to many of us over the years and her overall contribution to many aspects of Departmental life. Professor Chase also presented her with an envelope containing several John Lewis vouchers which Carol intends to turn into a canteen of cutlery.
In reply to Howard's speech in appreciation of all Carol's efforts over the years, Carol thanked all those who had helped her develop her career during her time here. It was very nice to see some past members of the Department at the lunch who were also her old friends.
Carol's old post of Chief Accounts Clerk will soon be filled by Mrs Rachael Offer. Rachael is employed as a Chief Accounts Clerk with the Staff Bureau and has been helping in the Accounts office, so is not a new-comer to the department.
John Emmines is another long standing member of staff who is moving on to pastures new. John has been with the University, man and boy, since 1964 and he had been with the department of Chemical Engineering since 1984. He has now moved on to become the Assistant Safety Adviser (Buildings and Construction) at EMBS. A small gathering was held in his honour at the Department on 28 February 2002. Head of Department, Professor Howard Chase, presented him with a Barbour jacket which he had chosen and, at John's request, the rest of the money collected was sent to the East Anglian Children's Hospice.