Pittards celebrates career spanning 54 years

Pittards waved a reluctant farewell to long-serving employee Diana Turton last week.

Diana started working for the company in 1967, building up an incredible 54 years service. Friends and colleagues gathered to mark the occasion of her retirement and celebrate her time with the business, hearing how she had joined ‘just for a week to see if she liked it’ all those years ago.

From wrestling with the telex machine and reels of computer tape to modern day comms, as CEO Reg Hankey remarked, “Diana has been a constant at Pittards throughout a significant and fast-changing period in our history.’


 Reg went on to observe. “People are at the heart of Pittards and we are proud to have created a community where someone can build an evolving and long-lasting career. We should perhaps not be surprised that Diana decided to stay after that first week, the leather industry tends to fire a passion in people. It might be an anomaly in this day and age to remain so long with one company but both Pittards and the wider leather manufacturing world continue to value and nurture this ideal.”


L: CEO, Reg Hankey
R: Diana Turton

In recent years many would recognise Diana as the face and voice of Pittards from her vantage point on reception where she also looked after the switchboard. We expect many of our customers and suppliers will miss her as much as we will.