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Peer Stories

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

"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

"Volunteering gives me a buzz and adrenaline rush"

Barry Beckwith
Active volunteer

"I just didn't know where to go next"

Ranjit Arora

"After leaving Shell I was looking for a focus to do something"

Jim Pearson
Former manager Shell