"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”
George Bernard Shaw
I have been in Edinburgh for over 20 years, although I was born and bred in Yorkshire. I got my first job when I was 13 and I've worked ever since. I've been a labourer, a youth worker, a housing manager and a company director.
I've worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors. I've spent time in construction, housing, catering, retail, social care, community development, business development and project management.
I've been a cog in the wheel for large organisations and I've started a number of small businesses. I've coached people in martial arts, kettlebells, nutrition and both professional and personal development.
I crammed a lot of experience into my first 50 years. More important than what I’ve done, is what I’ve learned. I have worked with some inspiring people and others that crushed the soul. I've been part of teams that achieved incredible things and others that simply didn't work. I've had stand-out professional success and dispiriting failures. The thread that has run through all my experience is developing people. What drives me is seeing people achieve their potential.
I'm finally doing what I was meant to do. I see the first 35 years as my extended apprenticeship.
"Failure is success in progress.”