08th September 2021
Hawkins would like to wish a very happy retirement to both Vanessa Wade and Richard Fletcher.
Vanessa Wade retires after 7 years with Hawkins, and we would
like to thank her for her work with us. Vanessa made a huge contribution to the
smooth running of the office in Reigate. She had a great sense of humour
and provided many funny stories. Vanesa also helped to organise several lovely
afternoon teas for her Reigate colleagues at various celebratory
occasions. She will be much missed. Reigate Office Manager Helen Child and
secretary Helen Smith decorated Vanessa’s desk on her last day.
Richard Fletcher retires almost exactly 29 years after joining
at Hawkins. Richard says he has, “had a great time with some very
interesting cases and fantastic colleagues” and that, “it was a privilege
to serve as Managing Director for a number of years.” As well as
investigating numerous fires throughout his time with us, Richard became a
Director of Hawkins in 2004 and Managing Director in 2006. After a very
successful tenure as Managing Director, he stepped down from the Board in 2013,
to return to full time forensic investigation. He has carried out over 1500
investigations, both in the UK and Overseas ranging from consumer electrical fires
to renewable energy systems and fires in large generators and transformers.
Richard’s daughter, Hannah, now follows in his footsteps as a fire investigator in
our Reigate Office. We hope Richard continues
with his other passions, including bee keeping, during his retirement.
Richard, front and centre as Managing Director, with the rest of the Hawkins Board in 2011.
Hawkins thanks both Vanessa and Richard for all of their hard work.