One of the things that I never expected when I took a job as a ‘pin money’ little number to fill in until retirement, was how many different avenues it would open up. I had been in normal private industry all my working life, never exposed to the ways of working of public bodies. There was never any unions involved in our firm. I didn’t know it then of course, but our boss was breaking every rule in the book. But because we were a happy band of boys and girls, no one ever felt the need for recourse in any action against the firm. Then after that disbanded, I found my little post within the legal side of a government department. This eventually led to my using my best skills – being a private secretary, with the needs of the judiciary. I loved the responsibility and the challenges. If only I’d known about it years before!