22 July 2021

And goodbye to Andy Woodgate

Michael Kavanagh pays tribute to retiring DTUS Secretary, Andy Woodgate, who will be leaving HMLR at the end of August after 38 years service.

In August we say goodbye to Andy Woodgate, who is taking well-deserved retirement after over 38 years of service to HMLR, PCS and our predecessor unions. Andy started in Plymouth in 1983, before moving to Weymouth in 1997.

Andy has been a stalwart local representative for many years, working hard on behalf of members. He was always a welcoming and friendly face whenever I travelled down to Weymouth to speak at meetings. More recently, Andy stepped up to group executive committee level, before taking over as DTUS secretary at the start of 2018.

His knowledge of all things operations and casework is astonishing and Andy is respected by union colleagues and management in equal measure. He provided much of the detail for our hugely successful campaign submissions to defeat the notion of privatisation and his technical expertise has been utilised to a great extent to inform our representations within HMLR. Personally speaking, his sage advice and calming influence has had a positive impact on my career and he has played a significant role in improving the employee relations environment in HMLR.

His mantra – why use ten words when ten thousand will suffice.

We will all miss Andy and, on behalf of all of his friends and colleagues, locally and nationally, I wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Michael Kavanagh, group vice-president