Receptionist Lee Lockhart-Mure, a stalwart figure known to thousands of students and staff, is leaving the university this week after nine years' dedicated service.

Lee Lockhart-Mure

calendar-icon 12 June 2017

As Reception, Helpdesk and Switchboard Assistant, Lee has become the face of St George's for many over the years.

He first started to work on the St George's site 16 years ago in hospital roles, first as a theatre practitioner and then a receptionist.

He then moved to the university and has been on reception ever since. He says the students are the people he will miss most of all.

He commented: "I will miss them terribly. They have made the job for me. I always remember that without them the university would not exist.

"I follow their progress through university from beginning to end. I am the first to welcome them on the day they arrive for interview, I see them again when they arrive at the start of term, and continue to see them regularly right through to exam days and graduation.

"Some even touch my jacket for good luck before exams. I like following their journeys at St George's and help in any way I can."

He has also met some VIPs in his time including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Gordon Brown, while he was Prime Minister, and Sadiq Khan, the London Mayor.

Lee added: "It was marvellous meeting the then Prime Minister, he just came over said hello and had a chat. Sadiq has been here countless times and is a good friend of the university and hospital."

Alongside his reception duties, Lee is a qualified first aider, assuring skills that help him to deal with the breadth of enquiries that reach him.

Lee plans to live in the south of France and run a Bed and Breakfast eventually, so watch out for news on that in good time.