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Linda Cheffings, 1974-2019

6 April 2020

Linda Cheffings, the University’s Finance and HR Systems Manager, died on 7 November 2019. Her colleague Julie Coombs offers this remembrance.

Linda Cheffings, the University’s Finance and HR Systems Manager, sadly passed away after a short illness on 7 November 2019 at the age of 45. Her passing has had a profound effect on her colleagues and friends. Linda, who was a very popular member of the Finance Team, is greatly missed.

Linda grew up in Sonning Common in Reading, with her mother, father and two sisters. After her A-levels Linda left Reading to move to Bristol to study for a degree at UWE. After graduating Linda decided to stay in Bristol, a city which she had fallen in love with.

After a short spell working for the Council, Linda joined the University of Bristol in 1998 as an Assistant Faculty Accountant based in Senate House. Here she made some very special friendships.

Linda excelled in her role and in 2002 was promoted to Management Accounts Assistant. After gaining her CIMA qualification she progressed to the role of Management Accountant in 2008. Linda quickly became the font of all knowledge and the go-to person for any finance-related query. Her helpfulness and wonderful sense of humour made her a much-loved member of the team.

In 2011 Linda became the Finance Systems Accountant. Her expert knowledge of all things ‘systems’, her dedication and hard work made her the perfect person for this role. This was further proven when she was promoted to the Finance and HR Systems Manager in 2015 and finally in 2017 to the Head of Finance and HR Systems. Her enthusiasm and pride for her role was remarkable.

Linda loved to travel and had some wonderful holidays with her friends and family. She was an excellent holiday organiser and found some amazing places to visit that no one had heard of. She was a great cook and also loved to dine out with her friends, always managing to find that special place off the beaten track. Although Linda stayed in Bristol, she still remained a Reading City fan and would watch them whenever she was back home.

Linda was a very special person, who loved her work and the University. She was respected and liked by all that met her. She is greatly missed. We have lost a very special person and friend.

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