Dawn Gough, Personal Assistant to David Withers Managing Director of Ransomes Jacobsen, has recently celebrated 25 years of employment at the company, which is one of the leading turf maintenance equipment manufacturers, based at Ipswich in Suffolk. Ransomes Jacobsen is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
Dawn joined Ransomes Sims and Jefferies, the forerunner of today's Ransomes Jacobsen on 2nd July 1984 as a shorthand typist in the Buying Department. In August 1985, she became secretary in the Buying Department and soon after was promoted to secretary working for the Financial Director, a position she held until 1994. The next four years were spent in varying roles, including working in the CEO's office, in Human Resources and for the Property Division. She was appointed PA to the Marketing Director in 1998 and through to 2004 also worked for the Sales Director and Customer Support Director.
Since 2004, Dawn has worked as PA to the Managing Director. As well as her usual PA duties she is also responsible for arranging European customer visits to Ipswich and, since 2002, has regularly organised and attended the annual customer visit to the Golf Industry Show in the USA.
Commenting on her 25 years with the company she said, "I've always enjoyed working here; the culture is great and the people are very friendly. I was fortunate to have been given various opportunities to move between departments, which has given me a great insight into how the different sections of the company work together. It has provided a good grounding for my current position."
Dawn lives in Ipswich with her husband Matt, Ransomes Jacobsen's Demonstration Fleet Manager. In her spare time she likes reading, gardening, walking in the countryside and travelling. Dawn and Matt are currently planning their third trip to Australia, later this year.