The management and staff of the Goddard Group bade a fond farewell to Mrs J. D. Sue Lynch - Group Human Resources Manager – with responsibility for Training & Development - at a farewell function held in her honour at the Goddard’s Head Office. Sue officially retired on June 30th, 2015 after twenty-four and a half (24 ½ ) years of service to the Group.
At the function, she was lauded by members of the Group HR Department as a truly invaluable member of the Goddard Group and she was also commended and presented with gifts of appreciation by some of the Human Resources Managers and General Managers who attended the function. A Video tribute - through the years – was prepared by the Social Activities Committee; and Stephanie Edghill of the Accounts Department paid tribute in poetry – in her own inimitable style.
Mrs Jennifer Bradshaw-Wood, DGM – Human Resources - in thanking Sue for her contribution to the Group, said: “As Group Human Resources Manager, Sue has been a major asset. She was instrumental in the development of several major HR initiatives e.g. the Performance Management system, High Achievers Programme, Group Orientation and many others. She is constantly looking at new approaches and ideas in the field of HR. She is an avid reader and is committed to learning, education and self- improvement. Her contribution to the HR Department and the Group cannot be denied”.
Mrs Valerie Lovell, Administrative Assistant in the Group Human Resources Department, who worked with Sue for the past seventeen  years also had this to say: “She’s great at spotting potential in persons and encouraging them to achieve their goals……….she obviously saw potential in me and encouraged me to deliver the Group Orientation programme and to produce the Enterpriser Newsletter in-house. I think that she believes that you can accomplish anything you want to - first with the right mind set and attitude and then the relevant training.”
In response, Sue thanked her team in the Group HR Department and had some words of advice, wisdom and encouragement for the leaders in the Group as well as her colleagues and employees throughout the Group. She said that she had really enjoyed her stint with the Group and thanked all who had contributed to her development over the years, and wished the company continued success. She added: “Goddard's is a great company to work for. It has a great reputation in this community and beyond - a reputation for integrity, fairness, being visionary and being a well-managed company whose aim is to get and keep the best talent available. So let us - each one of us - uphold that reputation and continue doing the great job that we have always done. I wish the Goddard Group continued success!”
We would like to wish Sue a healthy, happy and fulfilling retirement and hope that she lives life to the fullest and follows her dreams and passions. She will certainly be missed!