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Social Security Director Retires 15 October 2003

George Hull, who has held the position of Director of Social Security since 1995, has retired from the Civil Service at the age of 56.

He was held in the highest esteem by both his work colleagues and by past and present Members of Tynwald. His enthusiasm, commitment, industry and acumen have been matched by very few civil servants.

George was educated at Murray's Road Primary School and latterly at King William's College. During his 37-year career in the Civil Service he worked in the Local Government Board, the Forestry, Mines and Lands Board, the Civil Service Department (now known as the Personnel Office) and the Board of Social Security (later to become part of the D.H.S.S.). He qualified as a financial accountant in 1971 and as a chartered secretary in 1975 and subsequently became a Fellow of the Institutes of Financial Accountants and Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

It will certainly not be a restful retirement for George, with walking, cycling, hill-climbing and fishing on the agenda.

Announcing George's retirement, Clare Christian BSc, MLC said

We are very sorry to lose the services of such an able civil servant, whose depth of knowledge in the area of social security is immense. His patience and courtesy in providing briefings and information to Members of Tynwald and the public have been much appreciated. The high esteem in which he is held is a reflection of the qualities of George himself and the contribution he has made over a lifetime of public service. We all wish him well in his retirement.

And the Department's Chief Executive, David Killip, added,

Although he has worked in other Departments, George has spent the lion's share of his career working for the Department of Health and Social Security, and its forerunners. Throughout his whole career George has been a model professional civil servant, hardworking, articulate, thorough and effective. The Department will greatly miss his expertise and his good humour. He leaves behind him the highest respect from his colleagues (past and present), who offer George and his family our warmest regards for retirement.

George's retirement was marked by a presentation at the Manx Museum, which his wife Paula, son Stephen, daughters Phillipa and Erica and four granddaughters attended.

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