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Peer Stories

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

"For the first time I feel I found purpose and really want to achieve change for people who experience bullying in the workplace"

Nicki Eyre
Founder, Conduct Change

"At one point I was only talking about my husband and his disability and I knew I had to do something for myself"

Jackie Martin
Carer and former cabin crew manager

"Make sure you know what you want to get out of a networking event"

Pat Billingham
EY alumna; portfolio of non-executive director roles

"Starting a business is like throwing a stone in a pond – then follow where the ripples take you"

Paul McCormick
Founder Opening City Doors

"When you have had a good business life, you will have a reservoir of knowledge which I think you have the duty to be able to share"

Douglas Adamson
Executive Chairman at Anthropods & Co Ltd and Chairman of the Trustees at Settle Stories

"If you really want to create a portfolio career, you need to have some security behind you"

Julian Rawel
Chief Executive Market Echoes

"What you valued in your professional career may not be the most important for a board role"

Pat Billingham
Former EY partner and non-executive director

"If you are moving from an executive post, a trustee role keeps you current, engaged in business and governance issues – and opens doors"

Hannah Wade
Associate partner of Berwick Partners

"I made a conscience decision to do something different and go digital"

Phil Hopkins
Travel and Arts Editor Yorkshire Times

"Initially I didn't network in the right places"

Anne Shiels
Organisational development consultant and Non Executive Director, Newcastle Building Society