Does work keep you young?
Eighty-one-year-old Wendy Nutman marks International Women’s Day by celebrating 65 years of service with Johnsey Estates
Wendy Nutman started working for Newport-based TA Johnsey in 1956. At just 14, she was employed by her first cousin, the late Terry Johnson, in an administrative role to support his haulage business. Sixty-five years later, Wendy is still with the company as a non-executive director after officially retiring as company secretary in 2016.
Wendy recalls her 65-year career with Johnsey:
“I don’t think there are many people who have spent 65 years in a company and are still working at 81. It has certainly been a journey.
“Terry first install Johnsey Estates to develop land in Newport for the transportation company. It then acquired various sites, including Leeway Industrial Estate, one of the first industrial parks in Wales. I gradually took on more responsibility as the business grew, but the real turning point was when we started buying shale for Llanwern. This changed the business forever and by 1958 we had become a limited company.
“Terry was a very shrewd businessman, but he also loved show jumping. In fact, her daughter Debbie represented Great Britain at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. It gave her great pride and I always enjoyed hearing the stories of their successes,” adds Wendy.
In 1986, Wendy was company secretary Johnsey Estates and the company had bought Mamhilad Park Estate in Pontypool, part of the ICI/DuPont complex that spans approximately 43 acres and includes 500,000 square feet of office and industrial space. The popular business park is now home to over 180 different occupants, employing some 1,800 people on site.
With three children, six grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and a great-grandson on the way, life has certainly been busy for Wendy who lives in Newport. However, she still finds time to fulfill her role as non-executive director of Johnsey Estates, attend regular board meetings and remain actively involved in the business.
“I have so many memories and so many stories over the years – Johnsey Estates has really been a big part of my life. I’m really proud of all that we have accomplished and I really enjoy being able to contribute to the company again. There have been times when work has made me feel like I’ve aged, but it certainly helps keep me young now.
Johnsey Estates Chairman Andrew Wilkinson added:
“Wendy is a real inspiration and brings real value to the company in terms of knowledge and experience. She is a great advisor to the board and certainly helps us stay focused on our core values of service and value as we continue to invest in our real estate portfolio.
“From England winning the FIFA World Cup in 1966 to launching the World Wide Web in 1989 – Wendy’s career has included so many pivotal moments in time and that’s before we even got to more recent events like Brexit and Covid-19 65 years of work, let alone one company, is a remarkable achievement and we are extremely grateful for his unwavering dedication and support.