Tuesday, 18 June 2013


There is a rather fine new restaurant at Kings Cross station - in the old Great Northern Hotel. Funky decor and good food very reasonably priced. I recommend it! I was having lunch with Paul Breckell, the CEO of Action on Hearing Loss, which I have to admit of still think of as RNID. But as he said they serve a wide range of people from the profoundly deaf to the hard of hearing so they wanted to see that reflected in their name. A good guy with a long career in our sector and he was the FD - appointed by John Low, served under Jacqui Ballard and is now their CEO. A demonstration you can have a career in our sector.

Then I popped into a meeting of the Board of the Transition Institute which was just by at the Guardian. I'm a Board member of this interesting group, ably chaired by old friend and former ACEVO Vice Chair, Allison Ogden-Newton. It works to develop and promote the place of spin outs from the public sector and published research on this - as it has just done. Do check out their website.

Allison is now the CEO of World Child Cancer and we had an interesting discussion about cancer in children, which apparently only affects 1% of the total of cancer patients; but is obviously deeply distressing for those affected. The rapid advance in the care, treatment and research into cancer had been one of the real medical triumphs of later years. We are close to cancer becoming a long term condition. What a change! So, good luck Allison in your new role.

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