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Janet Haffegee

Janet was one of our longest serving members of the HR team, and undoubtedly one of the most committed, professional and able. She was the cornerstone of the HR Operations team for nearly twenty years.  More importantly, Janet was also a wonderful, generous individual who provided tremendous personal and professional support to her colleagues over many years.  We will all feel her loss as tremendously, but she will be remembered with warmth and affection by her friends and colleagues, and will be sorely missed by all of us.

 

Owner :Rachael Millhouse
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Jane Goring

As one of the longer serving members of the HR team, I was lucky enough to have known and worked with Janet since she started at York nearly 18 years ago.  Starting back in the early days when we were upstairs in the attic of Heslington Hall – her office was next door to …

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Colin Jobber

It’s taken some time for me to find the right words to say, and lossing Janet still doesn’t quite feel real. In the 10 years or so I worked with her, Janet was, as other colleagues have said, the ‘go to’ person for a great number of things and was never too busy to …

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Jane Grenville

I have only just heard of Janet’s death and am reeling with shock at the news. She was always such a calm and gentle presence ‘downstairs’, and always ready to help with her exhaustive knowledge, both of the University and of employment law. But more than that – a quiet and empathetic soul with …

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Kate Slade

I will miss Janet so much.  Janet recruited me 5 years ago to my first HR role in higher education and I couldn’t have hoped for a more kind, patient and knowledgeable colleague.  We worked closely together almost every day since then and Janet quickly became a source of expertise, a pragmatic sounding board …

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Michelle Thorne

Janet was so kind to me when I returned to work and was one of the people who helped me settle back into things, helping me along in meetings we went to together.  She was so knowledgable and was always happy to help, support and share what she knew with others. Janet was such …

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Kari Methven

It’s taken me a while to process the news of Janet’s passing.  I first met Janet when she came for her interview at the University, and she became my manager for a number of years.  Janet was incredibly kind and caring and brought her humanity and compassion into her work, never losing sight of …

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Susan Kane

Rob and Tash, Janet was taken from this world far too soon and she will be missed greatly by so many of us who had the pleasure of knowing her. For the 12 years I have worked with Janet she has has been a constant source of knowledge and expertise for me. On many …

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Iona Rodger

It has taken a little while to write this – I’ve found it very hard to take in Janet’s passing. Janet was a dedicated and professional work colleague but beyond that she was such a kind and lovely human being. She always checked in with you to see how you were feeling and she …

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Matt Ramm

  It was a real pleasure to work with Janet and get to know her over the last 5 years. She was an incredible person, principled, knowledgeable and a genuine role model to many of us. I already miss being able to seek her guidance and her wicked dry sense of humour – a roll …

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Corrine Howie

I feel so blessed to have had Janet in my live since first working with her in HR 15 years ago. In her work she was the consummate professional. If I needed someone to sense check an idea I could always rely on Janet to share her time and knowledge, always giving calm and …

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Philip Ratcliff

I was very fortunate to know Janet for a number of years whilst working in the HR Business Partnering team. Janet was always quietly extremely professional, one who did not say a lot but when she did it was very much worthwhile listening. Her knowledge was immense and her detailed and meticulous approach could …

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Gail Richmond

Janet – an amazing HR professional and friend to many. On a number of occasions Janet would dig deep into her handwritten notes to find answers to queries that nobody else knew about or could remember. She was always there to help and support in her calm, considered manner. My heartfelt condolences go to …

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Paula Tunbridge

The news of Janet’s untimely death has been so shocking to all who had the pleasure of working with her.  I hope the wonderful messages and memories that so many colleagues have shared will bring some comfort to Rob and Tash.  I have worked with Janet since 2008 and throughout that time she was …

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Paul Ellison

The news of Janet’s passing has deeply saddened me. It’s hard to come to terms with losing someone that’s been part of my life since joining the University. Janet was always a strong, uncompromising individual, respected by all of us as a valued colleague. I will miss the opportunities to tease her and the …

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Isra Black

My thoughts are with Janet’s loved ones and close colleagues at this extremely sad time. I greatly appreciated Janet’s willingness to share her considerable knowledge and expertise sympathetically with the trade unions as well as to engage in sincere discussion. Janet’s loss will be felt in our joint work together. …

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Eliza Bonello

Dear Rob and Tash,   Janet and I worked together in the HR Operations team and right from the first she was welcoming and helpful. However it was over the four years that we worked together that it became clear just how great a colleague she was – incredibly knowledgeable, hard working and supportive. …

rachael.millhouse@york.ac.uk

Nicky Milner

I was terribly sad to hear this news and I wish to pass on my sincere condolences to Janet’s family and friends. She was a lovely colleague who was always happy to help and she made a great difference to lots of people who she worked with.  …

rachael.millhouse@york.ac.uk

pat lofthouse

Such a shock to hear that Janet had died….her family must be reeling  I worked with Janet for over 10 years and was always struck by her commitment, calmness and professionalism. She was valued by all who knew her. As well as being a dedicated colleague Janet was a devoted mother and wife and …

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Richard Armitage & Bob Hide

Bob and I worked with Janet for a good number of years, through various forums but mainly on union based activities. Janet was always friendly, helpful and was really good at the detail. It was a great shock to hear about her passing and our thoughts are with her family and friends. …

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Abigail Harvey

I was so very shocked and saddened to hear about Janet and still can’t quite believe she has gone… Though we haven’t worked together for some time, she was a much valued and respected colleague for many years, managing to strike the perfect balance between absolute professionalism and genuine humanity. Reliable, kind, sound judgement, …

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Morag Lehrle

I have many happy memories of Janet, from discussing our daughters love of dancing and their involvement in “Miss Sallys” dance shows to her epic paper base filing system and her ability to put her hand to a document 15 years old at a drop of a hat.  I am so sorry for your …

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David Duncan

I was desperately sorry to hear that Janet has passed away.  She was a great colleague and a wise source of advice during my time at the University of York – a gentle soul and a very fine person.  Best wishes to her family and friends.   …

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Mary Ashbridge

The words quiet, kind and talented come to mind when I think of lovely Janet. I am lucky to have worked with Janet since 2010. From day one, she impressed me with her professionalism and astounding knowledge. Her recall ability was impressive, though she modestly attributed this to her love of paper notes. She …

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Cath Dickinson

I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Janet played an instrumental part in my career by recruiting me at a housing association in Leeds – my first proper job. She unofficially mentored me and besides being a wonderful, fair, kind, professional, colleague, who encouraged me to go for promotions and pursue my part-time …

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Henrice Altink

I am deeply saddened by the news of Janet’s sudden passing. When I was Head of History I worked closely with Janet. She was very supportive of me as a new Head, always at the end of a phone call to answer my queries. I feel privileged to have worked with such a  generous person. Keeping …

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