I sort the small stuff so that together we can create something meaningful, joyous and amazing.
Having spent 11 years in the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Logistics Officer, I took a career break to raise our two children. During that time, I became a learning support assistant at the local school and later designed and ran a toddler singing group. The class started as a simple opportunity for local RAF parents to get together and have fun with their children, but after the local Council became interested in the programme, I moved the venue and ran the class as part of their general community outreach programme. In addition, I also learnt new skills, renovating furniture as well as designing and building new items, re-upholstering and re-caning chairs. I enjoyed a variety of volunteering opportunities becoming the Secretary or Chairman of a number of playgroup, school and local RAF support activities.
My creativity is let loose through my two passions, gardening and also whittling, which is the art of carving shapes, typically out of green wood, with small knives. I started whittling celebration spoons for friends and family a few years ago after a try-out session whilst on holiday in Wales. The spoons are whittled using wood from my garden or from a tree that has a special meaning to the recipient, and my designs are inspired by the stories of the recipient and the changes the wood reveals as I uncover its hidden secrets.
We’re continuing to support all our clients during these uncertain times, as they navigate through the various challenges facing their organisations. Generally our work is about supporting people to take on new challenges and building the capability to lead when you don’t know the answer - and through this crisis we’re enabling our clients to do this from a place of care. Something is happening during these times that resonates with us on a deeply human level. It has made us realise how closely we are all connected and how new levels of trust, empathy and caring for one another must be part of how we organise ourselves moving forwards.
We’ve been gathering learnings, building on our experience and we’d be happy to share these with you. We are supporting many other leaders as they think through how to ‘re-generate’ their businesses and create the next version of themselves based on what matters most.
Over the next few weeks you will see our COVID-19 Resource Centre on Our Insights page offering our latest learnings and thinking. If you’d like to explore our approach further, we’d be happy to have an informal chat.
Stay safe, The WhyNot Team