It is a bittersweet moment as we announce the retirement of our Financial Director, Douglas Pilkington, who has been a strong player in our financial department for over a decade. Before joining Golden Casket in 2009, Douglas worked for National Semiconductor for 6 years then held a senior position at Aulds the Bakers for 24 years. After being at Golden Casket for 11 years, Douglas has worked and contributed to local businesses in Inverclyde for an impressive 41 years. From the beginning, it was clear Douglas was an experienced CA with the ability to overcome any challenge that was thrown his way, and he quickly became a key member of the accounts and finance department. In 2015, he was promoted to Financial Director which he recalls as one of the defining moments of his career. In this position he helped the business grow during tough and competitive trading years.

Douglas has said the things he will miss most about working at Golden Casket is the variety of work the job entailed, working on something different every day and the buzz of helping to achieve new business. He will also miss all his colleagues at Golden Casket and being able to help them when it came to tax, pensions and other issues in both a professional and personal capacity. However, what he will miss most is of course, the staff discounted sweet treats! Discounted sweets were not the only perk of working for Golden Casket, Douglas also fondly remembers many great nights out with the company – Golden Caskets 50th & 60th Anniversary parties and STV’s Lulu’s Hogmanay show in 2018 to name a few.

The last year has been tough, for everyone personally, but also for Golden Casket. Brexit caused a huge amount of uncertainty and confusion, that paired with the Coronavirus pandemic, lead to many tough business decisions having to be made. The coronavirus period is something Douglas definitely won’t miss. However, he is proud to have seen the company through one of its greatest challenges and believes the future is looking bright. During his retirement he will enjoy spending time with his four grandchildren, exploring the outdoors, playing golf and most importantly…relaxing.

Douglas, we have been incredibly lucky to have you as an integral part of Golden Casket for over a decade and we wish you a long and happy retirement. You will be greatly missed, not only as a Financial Director but, most importantly as a friend.