In a few days’ time I step away from the company that I helped form in 2006 and move into ‘semi-retirement’ as a freelance consultant.
I’ve packed a lot into the last 12 years, I’ve worked with some great people, made some lifelong friends, and I’m very proud of Globe. So why go now?
Basically, because I want to. There are lots of other things I want to do and I’ve still got the energy and enthusiasm to pursue other interests. By making some definite plans for this occasion well in advance, we have been able to work out a succession plan that has brought younger talent through to be directors and shareholders in the business. It’s going to be quite different not working with the team and our clients everyday but it’s likely I’ll pop up every now and again in a consultancy role to help support projects particularly around the business planning, grant aid and the economic development aspects of planning.
I suspect one of the strangest things for me will be working as a sole trader, something I haven’t done since the early 80s when I was freelance product designer. Positive change is good though, and I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve got every confidence in the new directors, Lizzy and James, and congratulate them on their much deserved promotions. I’ve known Lizzy since she joined the business as an undergraduate through the Shell Step Scheme and within a few years was running the operational management of several UK wide research and data validation projects for me. Since then she has become a Member of the Institute of Economic Development (MIED) and developed as a highly focused and effective business manager, a role now to be encompassed within her new responsibilities as Business and Finance Director. James was a key member of the Lichfield LLP team that merged with Globe in 2010. In the time I’ve known him he has become a Dad, a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) and more importantly for the business, a commercially aware and highly effective planning consultant, who has increasingly taken the lead role with clients over the last five years. I am confident that with Phil continuing as MD these two can steer Globe through the next 12 years with even greater success.
I’ll be watching with interest from the side lines.
As a closing note I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and the business along the way, and a huge thank you to Phil who agreed, several years back, to take on the role of MD and has led from the front ever since, and is a great friend and colleague.