I have been a freelance consultant for around five years and have been working closely with the RedQuadrant consultancy for about four years in the area of digital service delivery. In addition I have been working with the charity Citizens Online for about four years on digital inclusion.
I have spent most of my career working within the public sector on change and improvement.
I started my career with the Ministry of Defence on its science and technology fast track programme and went on to specialise in change and benefits realisation.
Having worked across all of the major Central Government departments including DWP, DH, HMRC, DfT, Directgov and CLG I have a good understanding of how central government works.
My most prominent role within Government before leaving to become a freelance consultant was with the Cabinet Office where I provided advice to Ministers and Departments on the economic case for digital services.
The name trapeze for a website name came to me during a brainstorming session when I was attempting to identify what’s different in organisations that really get change to work for them.
Success on the trapeze turned out to be all about focus, nerve and trust and with those you could achieve extraordinary things like a flying trapeze catch.
Long Distance Running
Like most people the idea of running a marathon was initially daunting in the extreme.
However, the need to test what was possible made it inevitable that with a little encouragement from a friend (thank you Chris Lightfoot) I migrated from 10k to half to to a full marathon and now I’m playing with hill marathons and ‘ultra’ events.
Marathon running and change programmes have a lot in common, you first have believe that it is possible, then you have to put the training and preparation in and finally, one day, you just have to stand at a start line take your first step and keep believing.
There is also a strange similarity in that success often depends on things you really didn’t get to understand until you started the journey. In the case of ultra events like the Endure 24 race success lies in training yourself to eat and keep a sense of humour rather than to run. If you can’t keep eating and smiling then running is irrelevant.
Cold Water and Open Water Swimming
I pretty much married into swimming and I was well into my 40’s before I started learning how to swim and enjoy it.
Stop running and you stand, stop swimming and you may drown. Its one of very few recreations where the first objective is not to die.
Last year I took on the Dart 10K which is one of the UK’s most loved long distance swimming events and was possibly the hardest mental challenge I have ever taken on.
The event itself was pretty straight forward and enjoyable, the learning along the way to it was the hard bit.
Having to entirely re-learn how I swam and realise how ineffective I was turned out to be a hard set of lessons.
But, in the end it was essential before I could learn what I needed to learn.