Take time to unplug

This time last year, I dug out my sleeping bag and headed, via Leamington Spa, to an event called Comms Unplugged. I knew little of what I was in for. But what I did know was that the event came highly recommended by my good friend, trusted advisor and former mentor, Darren Caveney. Darren isContinue reading “Take time to unplug”

Staycation selections

Lots of people have been unwilling or unable to take foreign summer holidays this year. If you’re wondering where everyone has gone instead, you need to look very far to find out. A quick scan of accommodation booking sites shows that people have headed to the honeypots of the Lake District, Devon and Cornwall, asContinue reading “Staycation selections”

Review: The Black Bull, Sedbergh

Dining in lockdown can be a stressful affair. Dining in lockdown in the staycation-packed Lake District is even more so. Which is why Charlotte and I drove the of the iconic A591 through the Lake District to head for a magical Sunday lunch in the Yorkshire Dales instead. As we passed abandoned cars, queues outsideContinue reading “Review: The Black Bull, Sedbergh”

Hello from your dad

Inspired by an idea that was once on a TV advert, I’ve set up an email account for Teddy and will occasionally send him thoughts and pictures. Here’s my first message, sent earlier today. Hello Teddy This is your first email from your dad. We’ve set up this account so that we can send youContinue reading “Hello from your dad”

Paternity leave – a brother for Tilly

A little over two years after my daughter Tilly was born prematurely and didn’t survive, I am about to start paternity leave. When Tilly was born, it was hard to imagine I’d ever reach this point. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to, and I wasn’t sure we’d even want to. But as time hasContinue reading “Paternity leave – a brother for Tilly”

Find your escapism

Social distancing, self-isolation and working from home all mean huge changes to our daily lives.These can all have a negative impact on our mental health and wellbeing. With this in mind, I asked some colleagues and my Twitter contacts to share their top tips for protecting their mental health. I was overwhelmed with the volumeContinue reading “Find your escapism”

Coronavirus: this is different

I think it’s clear that the coronavirus pandemic is what most people would consider a crisis – for the country, for families and for our employers. When we’re talking about the latter, we implement a series of formal measures to help us to manage the situation. There are lots of different elements to this includingContinue reading “Coronavirus: this is different”