After three decades of working in a wide variety of fields it is easy to reflect on the Why? What? When? Who? How did I do that? Time taken to reflect often leads each of us to realise how fortunate we have been. While that is not to say it has all been smooth sailing (far from it), it is often through adversity we learn to appreciate the simple things, the core underlying drivers that make us tick and matter most to us.
For me it would be simple to say "I like a challenge, I like overcoming adversity and I like winning" and while all these statements are true, they don't really get to the bottom of why we do things.
At the heart of all I do is the desire to enable others to achieve their goals. The rewards I receive are being able to apply my skills and experience freely, and when we get there, appreciate the journey we have come on. My part is either as a leader, catalyst, facilitator, coach or mentor, but in every case with a passion to see others achieve their dreams, goals and ambitions.
With the fortune of having such a breadth of experience and reflecting often, it is clear to me we can all do more, far more than our day job. For me, doing more is giving of my time, my skills, abilities and my caring for free to projects and ventures where often resources and funds are limited and most definitely where the objective is to do good for others.
Two major areas where I feel I can make a contribution are aspects of care and development of children and teenagers and the development of future leaders in society. Not just here in the UK, but wider afield too.
Until very recently and for over 18 years I was firstly a trustee and latterly Chairman of PIPPIN, Parents in Partnership and Parent Infant Network, supporting groups for expectant and new parents promoting positive early family and parent-infant relationships.
For over a decade I have served as a senior facilitator and chairman for a breadth of programmes run by The Windsor Leadership Trust. A charity which serves to inspire the leaders of today and tomorrow by bringing together top leaders from every sector to reflect on how they can use their influence, decisions and actions to benefit their organisations, and wider society.
Smaller projects I have served included; Fundraising for the British Heart Foundation (Walking the Great Wall of China); Free consultancy work in Africa reviewing hospital performance and effectiveness; Lecturing to students at Vaxjo University, Sweden on effective team working and communications skills.
I am always open to further suggestions (time permitting).