After 51 years Turners longest serving employee retires

Mervyn Brown, Turners longest serving employee retired in September after an astounding 51 years service.

On August 12th 1968 Mervyn joined Turners within the traffic operation at the orignal Fordham depot, he was just 16 years old.


The photo shows Mervyn with his wife Pat and Turners Managing Dircetor Paul Day receving gifts and a fond fairwell from many of his friends and colleauges who attended a surprise lunchtime gathering and presentation.

Back then Turners were operating around 100 plus trucks and Mervyn has seen the business grow to its current position of operating over 2000.

Mervyn’s career started with traffic and planning at Fordham followed by the distribution contract of food and  produce to many of the UK’s prisons.

In the mid to late 90’s he moved onto manage the British Sugar contract based at their Wissington production and processing facility, at the time this was Turners largest singular contract for our Tank division.

With the introduction across Europe of the drivers CPC Mervyn became in integral part of the team to manage and deliver  the required training programmes throughout the Turners operations in the UK.

As normal retirement age came and went Mervyn reduced his work commitments allowing him to concentrate on the things he loved outside of Turners.

For many years Bell ringing has been Mervyn’s main hobby  but much more than this it is where he met Pat, romance blossomed along with marrage, children and now Grandchildren.

Mervyn’ plans are to make the most of retirement allowing more trips in his beloved Motorhome and time with the family.

At the recent surpise lunchtime fairwell and presentation, Paul Day spoke of Mervyn’s commitment to Turners over the 51 years and the continuous high standards he always maintained in every challenge and roles he undertook, a real ambassador and credit to Turners.

And not forgetting the family connections, the above photo shows Mervyn and Pat along with their daughter Rachel Maclaren, Turners Head of Human Resources who already has many years’ service under her own belt and no doubt many more to come.

All at Turners wish Mervyn a long and healthy retirment, he will be missed.