On this day 43 years ago a fresh faced, somewhat short and small lad of 18 with a mop of blonde hair, and a waist of 26 inches turned up at Mariner House, near the Tower of London, to begin his 9 day (good old Bank holiday Monday) induction course for International Division, following his father and grandfather’s footsteps into the bank.
For the next 10 or so years he was either at the West End or City, or the combined London International Services Branch (ISB), although the branch title changed on a very regular basis from POB, PIB etc perhaps someone was on the payroll of the printers as it changed so often as did the headed notepaper and complimentary slips!
As the International branches closed in the late 80’s he moved to Multicurrency Payments spending most of his time on Outward Payments though was fleetingly with Inland Payments. Spent 18 months on a clerical enhancement scheme spending time in Wholesale Cheque Clearing, Message Processing Centre and the Midas project. ’97 sees the first managerial appointment and he is in Global Electronic Business, which became part of Global Publishing Services, writing the Hexagon user guides, then in administrating the Group Intranet then the Group Internet site. That was followed by joining the Monitor Liaison Office, where he remains to this day
This bearded, though follically challenged man, with a (much) larger waist, feels very lucky to have worked with many great people (a few may even read this) some of whom I feel treasured to retain some contact with, and a few I still call friend! So many great memories of the managers and colleagues I have had along the way, I could almost write a book, or then again a very long facebook post.