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Peer Stories

Inspirational, informative and always insightful stories from people using their skills in 'unretirement'

"It’s important to keep up with contacts"

Joe Tulip
Former Detective Sergeant Merseyside Police serious crimes squad

"I took too much for granted about coming back to the UK and could have been more thoughtful and planned more – especially about building networks"

Andrew Moss
Former President of GKN China

"It’s best to be niche about who you are coaching – and the best opportunities are from your network"

Bill Henry
Former PwC partner; coach, chair and non-executive director

"There are multiple options for people when leaving corporate life"

Clare Woodcraft
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, Cambridge Judge Business School

"Retirement is a new beginning"

Jacquie Doucette
Podcast host, Beyond Retirement

"I realised I wanted to help inner city kids through arts education. I was one of those kids and art got me off a bad life path, and gave me confidence and helped me to get to college and later law school"

Mark Shaiken
Former bankrupty attorney and author of and ...just like that: essays on a life before and after the law

“The perspective, support and challenge brought by a mentor with an entire career’s worth of experience is invaluable and can absolutely change your future”

Gemma Smith
Founder, OmniProtect

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"If you want to pursue your own dreams, leave your ‘Golden Gates’ of corporate life and jump into the big ocean"

Gilbert Van fraeyenhoven
EY Belgium partner alumnus

"Having a trusted individual(s) as a sounding board to bounce ideas with can lead to focus and clarity"

Ansar Rahman
Founder, Atelier Rahman

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"The advice I’ve had from the Next-Up mentoring site is of a much a higher and specific quality to what I’ve had before"

Adam McNichol
Founder, Well Good

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