18 July 2019
2 weeks for the price of one – albeit only 6 working days!! I vaguely remember the “start the week” of July 6th, but only know that I was there because my calendar says I should have been.
04 July 2019
Monday, and I made it to the “start the week” meeting. Next came a discussion with the Competition team about how nest to handle the proposal from Gordon Murray Design and Zytek.
27 June 2019
The week started early with a drive down to Alexandra House for the last minute planning for Gravel Pit !!. The next morning half the organisation turned up to find out what it was all about.
20 June 2019
My original plan for Monday – to attend the official launch of FERA – was stymied by John Beddington and Brian Collins, who have set up a steering committee for low carbon transport activity across government and asked (nicely but firmly) if I could be there, so John Whittal got the long march to Sand Hutton and I took the train to London.
13 June 2019
I had a “get out of the start the week meeting” card, as I was going down to London for an LWEC meeting, but a last minute phone call on Friday evening meant that I went down early and to the MRC.
06 June 2019
Made it to “start the week” again. This is becoming a habit. Then on to my monthly update with Celia Caulcott of BBSRC – talking through Agri-Food moves and Regenerative Medicine. Celia is trying to build BBSRC, MRC and EPSRC into our “grand challenge” RM call – with money!!
23 May 2019
Another week had to start, so I was there in Swindon on Monday morning. After the obligatory tour de table, we carried on under the banner of a briefing meeting for a Board meeting that had, in fact, been cancelled to discuss the output of the MNT Centre Review and its impact on our support for centres/clusters. As is usual, we quickly discovered that our mental models were all different and that we need to spend more time explaining what we meant before we decided what to do, but that’s life, so we did so.
16 May 2019
Another missed “start the week” meeting, because I was driving up the MI at that time to Sheffield. I seem to have become the Chairman of the Molecular Engineering Translational Research Centre – http://www.molecularengineering.co.uk/ – and this was their second Board Meeting. It is strange affair, because it sort of competes with the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry – http://www.materialschemistry.org/kcmc/index.html.
09 May 2019
No “start the week” meeting because it was a bank holiday. Yeh!!
02 May 2019
How I love the feeling when I wake up on a Monday morning and know that I have a “start the week” meeting to look forward to. It’s only a shame that I have to traverse the Air Balloon roundabout to get to it!!