Specsavers 'no 1 employee' marks 35 years...and counting
February 12, 2019
Author: Sam Reed
Specsavers' very first employee, Helen Pipet, has been celebrating 35
years with the company and is not planning on retiring any time soon.
Not counting the company's co-founders Doug and Mary Perkins, Helen is the longest-serving employee at Specsavers - having started work in 1984, the same year Specsavers was founded.
In those days, there were no job titles… or departments, as there were only four employees including the Perkins. Helen helped out with whatever was needed, from sorting frames to doing paperwork and running errands.
Back then the small team worked from Doug and Mary’s house, from a table tennis table in the spare room. When they opened an optician's practice in Guernsey, Mary asked Helen to help out in the office. From picking and packing frames into shoe boxes and piling them high on the back of her scooter to take to the post office, working in merchandising and introducing the first store uniform, to her current role in Marketing Finance, it’s fair to say Helen has enjoyed a very varied career to date.