Is this the UK voluntary sector's longest-serving employee?

Margaret Brazier will retire next month after nearly six decades with the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society

Margaret Brazier
Margaret Brazier

The executive assistant to the chief executive at a maritime charity is set to retire after 58 years with the organisation. 

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society said Margaret Brazier, who joined the charity aged 16, will retire next month. 

Her career at the charity began as an administrative assistant and shorthand typist before being promoted to executive assistant. 

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have found my niche with such a compassionate society and fantastic working environment with a brilliant team," Brazier said. 

“I started as a shorthand typist and worked at head office with many other office girls. We had to do everything we do today, but by hand, as there were no computers or technology to help us get to the job done.”

Brazier said one of her highs was being awarded the Merchant Navy Medal in 2012 after 50 years’ service with the charity. 

“This was such a proud moment for me and a tremendous honour to be recognised for my contribution to a wholly worthwhile cause – caring for and supporting seafarers and their families – and my involvement in all of the projects focused on improving facilities for everyone at the home. 

“I will miss the people the most when I retire. The society has always had such a family feel and I will miss working with the team every day,” she said. 

The charity – which provides nursing, dementia, residential and respite care to retired seafarers and others and runs a care home in Banstead, Surrey – also said home manager Anne Kasey would retire this month after 37 years with the organisation. 

Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are sad to say goodbye to Anne and Margaret as they retire. They are two individuals who have dedicated so much not just to the society, but the seafaring community itself. 

“The fact that they have both worked such long careers here at The Royal Alfred is testament to the charity we stand for.”

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