Farewell and welcome

Farewell and welcome

EPE’s Accounts and Administration Manager Pam Lockwood and her husband sold up and moved to Perth from Tasmania 20 years ago.

But with Pam retiring next month, the pair has decided to head back to the Apple Isle.

When asked by EPE Managing Director Peter Gardner if she had any ideas of who she could pass the accounts and admin batten to, Pam didn’t hesitate to recommend former work colleague and “right-hand lady” Colette Gibbons.

The two worked together at a construction firm some years ago and Pam, who has been with EPE since 2014, knew Colette would fit right in.

“I’ve been here for six weeks and am trying to learn everything I can from Pam before she leaves in mid-October,” Colette said.

“It’s a very steep learning curve but I’m enjoying the challenge.”

Outside of work, Colette has a big vegetable patch that requires a lot of work and enjoys kayaking in the river and ocean, particularly if the weather permits a paddle to Seal Island off Rockingham.

Pam admits the planned move back to north-western Tasmania was not without its challenges, brought about by a COVID-inspired housing market boom.

“We bought the house the week COVID hit,” she says.

“I saw it advertised, had friends look at it on Friday, jumped on a plane on Saturday and bought it on Sunday, then was back at work on Tuesday.”

Although retirement is looming, Pam has no intentions of taking it easy. The move back to Tasmania – and particularly to the arty community in which Pam and her husband will live, provides plenty of opportunities for Pam to practice and teach her beloved art.

The EPE team thanks Pam for her dedication and work over the past seven years.

Peter comments: “Pam is an asset to our team and will be sorely missed when she departs. We wish her all the best on her next adventure.”