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Personal assistant marks 35 years in estate agency

Salisbury-based agency brand Whites is celebrating a staff member who has reached 35 years of working for the company.

Glenda Privett joined Whites in 1988 just before her 21st birthday as an office junior and is still with the independent firm more than three decades later.

She first reported to the then managing director Trevor Shepherd and remembers then that the office in Castle Street, Salisbury had just five people, adding: "The office had a friendly feel where everyone helped with everything.  I also worked on Saturday mornings, as we had no separate Saturday staff then". 


She then became Shepherd’s personal assistant where she typed surveys and valuations, before moving to the sales department as sales secretary for James Butcher and Ashley Miller. 

When in 1993, Shepherd’s son Marcus joined the company as joint head of lettings, it wasn't long before Glenda stepped across to become his PA in a position she has remained in today, alongside her other office management duties.  

The company is in the same office but now boasts a 20-strong team, with 600-plus and a successful sales team.

Privett said: "I am proud to have seen and been part of the team which has seen Whites grow and evolve into the busy, thriving, and award-winning estate agent it is today." 

Marcus added: “Working alongside Glenda for the past 30 years and seeing her grow in both knowledge and confidence has been a pleasure.  

“I want to thank her for her hard work, dedication, and loyalty.  She is such a crucial part of our Whites family and helps us to be the thriving independent estate agent we are today."   

Outside work, Privett and her husband Steve are both keen members of their local air rifle shooting club, Southampton Buccaneers Field Target Shooting Club, based near Romsey.  
In 2014 she was voted the most improved shooter in the region.   

She is also interested in photography and loves taking pictures of nature, including her grandchildren and jack russell Alfie. 


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