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Exclusive Business and Northern Insight November lunch event

When your speaker starts by saying “ he has the best job in the world” you know that you are going to be listening to a great presentation.

Jon Chadwick’s career has taken two very opposite paths, career one, was spent in the highest echelons of the NHS, in his own words “roaming the corridors of power at Whitehall and shouting at people”. Jon may have made light of his work but he was clearly instrumental in driving change and positive action across the NHS and the much-maligned CSA. Whilst Jon made light of his role he clearly held a position of great influence and the decision to step away from this career was obviously not one that was taken lightly.

Jon talked about the three levels of fear when you are at a point in your life when a career change is required:

  • If I’m not going to do what I have always done what will I do?
  • I don’t know how to do anything other than what I currently do.
  • What will people think of me when I tell them?

All very valid fears but Jon advocates working through each and every one of your ideas however ludicrous they may seem at first, plotting out a sound business strategy may prove that they are in fact valid business models.

So that his how Jon made the move from Whitehall to being a Gin distiller, he took something he loved, Gin, found a way to disrupt the market with his version and created a unique business, Durham Distillery, that is now expanding year on year.

Jon gave an entertaining and insightful presentation that demonstrated how a huge career change could be well managed. He highlighted the importance of drawing on the skill sets you have from your first career to build your second career successfully and the importance of parking self-censorship.

When you have as much passion for your business as Jon clearly does, when you love the product you make and can do this in the part of the world that you most want to live in, then yes, you probably do have the best job in the world.

Thank you Jon for delivering your story and huge amounts of inspiration and a massive craving for a very good G&T!

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