New kid on the block…

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As I am sure you have all heard, Hermione has been on a mission to find a ‘Chief Doer’, and I am over the moon to be able to introduce myself as that person.  

The recruitment process has been super fun. We have enjoyed grappling with Skype chats 400 miles apart, scoffed Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream at the Do Awards (with all of those that were able to make it), and had an interview involving plenty of giggles, colourful pens and brainstorming.

I am now chomping at the bit to get ‘Do’ing some work, but first I would like to tell you a wee bit about myself!

I am a curious creature and, like the rest of the team, have never been shy of doing things slightly differently. This has led to me doing some rather crazy far-fetched things including:

– I was nearly flattened when radio-tracking unpredictable bison that charged me, whilst working on a EU funded project in Poland.

– I helped re-build the coral reefs in Thailand post-tsunami, by carefully transplanting live coral fragments from a reef nursery.

– I struggled through a gruelling impromptu half marathon to raise money for a leukaemia charity, after-which I walked like a baboon for a week due to the pain.

– I was lucky enough to get involved with building a rooftop rainforest on the top of the Westfield Shopping centre in aid of WWF Earth Hour, later shown on Sky.

– I hiked for 5 hours up a snow covered Austrian mountain to snowboard back down at midnight; the path lit up by the luminous full moon.

Just over a year ago I stumbled across a Masters course in Leadership for Sustainable Development, that I have just completed. It has streamlined my thinking and ballooned my drive for sustainable development; not to mention introducing me to the fantastic work of The DoNation.

At some point in the near future I hope to celebrate in true The DoNation style – I will set up a profile, don my lycra and embark on a long cycle ride for The DoNation.  In the meantime, it’s time for me to ‘Do’ some work. I would like to leave you with a thoughtful quote:

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” ~John Ruskin.

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