After 21 years and two months as the Club’s Accountant, Mr Mike Wood is leaving to commence his well-earned retirement.
Mike started at the Club on 1 February 1994 after 27 years in the Royal Army Pay Corps. He was interviewed by the then Honorary Treasurer Mr Peter Jackson; Vice Chairman Mr John Kerr; and the current secretary’s predecessor’s predecessor Mr Gordon Murray.
When he arrived there were no computers and the Auditor came once a quarter, and was often all done and dusted by 10am. Not so now! In those early days Drummonds made available an overdraft for the last 3 months of the year – how things have changed. Turnover then was £1.1M and the Club had £122,000 in investments – with 5666 members. The Club’s turnover last year was £3.1M, with £1.6M investments and 5440 members.
Mike has been a hugely loyal and committed servant of the Club throughout his time at Whitehall Court and has never given anything less than 100%. He has moved things on a very long way from where they were. Now it is his time to move on and enjoy a very well deserved retirement in Tenerife.
Mike joined the Past Chairmen for lunch on the 14th April and was presented with a rather splendid set of engraved wine glasses as a farewell gift. The Club wishes him well in his retirement.