Levers and barriers for corporate volunteering

If you've ever tried to organise volunteering in the community, you'll know it's difficult to get people to turn up. Even with good intentions, numbers often drop at the last minute. This can happen for a variety of reasons, it can be frustrating and puzzling. During my five years focusing on engaging all the people… Continue reading Levers and barriers for corporate volunteering

Landing the corporate client ‘holy grail’

Many individuals and smaller service providers are trying to break into the corporate supply chain. Thankfully, the trend at the moment is for corporates to support local providers and social enterprises. However, it can be difficult to know what approach to take to secure corporate clients, especially if you don't have any experience in the… Continue reading Landing the corporate client ‘holy grail’

Sustainable sustainability

I have been asked about what makes a good corporate sustainability or CSR programme. I think it is one which is sustainable by the organisation. What do I mean by that? I mean it is one which can withstand the test of time. Ideally, in my opinion, one which will be followed through in the… Continue reading Sustainable sustainability

Think twice

It certainly feels like we're hitting a critical mass of people concerned about plastic waste and its impact. This is a great thing and it's amazing to see how quickly change can be brought about and steps can be taken, particularly when people are shown the effect on sea life or a company's customers threaten… Continue reading Think twice

Forget it.

There's an endless supply of advice out there: ten ways to 'this', five top things to 'that'. I have read countless articles like this, but the advice rarely sticks. It's unoriginal, has little impact and is forgotten in no time. There is one piece of advice that has stuck in my mind though, and that… Continue reading Forget it.

Because… Me.

A recent trip to the doctor left me with a surprising and thought provoking diagnosis: "...don't forget to make some time for self care." Don't get me wrong, I showed up showered and dressed with clean hair and brushed teeth. However, with a little probing from the doctor, a few gaps started to show. "When… Continue reading Because… Me.

Winds of change

I learned some interesting things tonight. I attended a B Corp social and was pleasantly surprised. I learned that the B Corp movement is about more than changing your company's constitutional documents to balance the needs of all stakeholders, not just shareholders. I realised that the movement is also about creating communities of people who… Continue reading Winds of change

A year to save my life

It took me a long time to feel ready to try for a baby. There was no rational argument for why the world needed another person in it. I wanted children, more so after meeting the right partner, but I was in no rush. I knew it would change everything about life as we knew… Continue reading A year to save my life

What #difference does it make?

Loads of successful professionals have reached out to me over the years with the same problem. They've dedicated years to qualifying and building careers, but find themselves feeling unfulfilled. People want to feel like they are 'making a difference'. This is something I struggled with personally. Much psychological energy went into questioning the 'why' of… Continue reading What #difference does it make?

#MummyWorks

Almost a year ago the most life-changing thing happened to me. I had my son. I have always thought of pregnancy and motherhood as the most sacred things, and I guess deep down I knew that becoming a mother would shift my centre of gravity and give me one purpose above any others. I guess… Continue reading #MummyWorks