Losing one of your team is unfortunate but losing two in the same month is downright careless. I said goodbye to Neil a couple of weeks ago but today was Pam’s turn. She was one of the first people I met on coming to Durham, although I think it was up at Rivergreen rather than County Hall. My memory isn’t what it used to be.
Pam and I have worked for a long time together. She has been ever present throughout my career here in the Council. I say together though we have actually spent very little time in the same place. We have always worked at distance using skype long before it became so widespread.
Pam has always been at the cutting edge of office technology.
For a long time, I thought I had a new version of Microsoft office. Forget O365, it was more of an Office 247. When we still had the Room for Improvement, it got its own room booking system in Outlook. You simply invited it to meeting and it said if it could attend or not. At times I would put meetings into my calendar, in the middle of a busy schedule and somehow everything around it would be rearranged. It was like magic.
Pam has been everything that I could want in someone that I worked with, she understood what it was that I was trying to do, nothing was problem and she was always a few steps ahead of me.
I guess that all good partnerships must come to an end though, Kyle and Jason, Tommy and Bobby, Orville and Keith. Another one is to be added to the list.
It has been good fun but now there are fewer of us.