01 August 2018
Once again, I made it to the “start the week” but this time a depleted one. Serious power chairmanship meant we got out with 15 minutes to spare, Go Cyrus!!
27 July 2018
I could not think of a good enough excuse, so I took part in the “start the week” meeting. I think it had everyone who ought to be there, so might come again!! :-)
20 July 2018
Yet another week with a cast iron reason not to “start the week”. :-)
Instead I went down to London to rendezvous with Fearless Leader and meet with the Bob Watson, the Chief Scientist at DEFRA.
12 July 2018
The week started in the middle of Sunday afternoon, with a drive up to the Lake District. This was not a cunning plan to get as far away as possible from the “start the week” meeting, but as part of HEFCE’s Research Assessment Exercise.
05 July 2018
At last, I have broken the tyranny of Monday mornings – I missed the “start the week” meeting. Instead I drove down to visit my old university at the invite of the alumnus vampires. It was an interesting and somewhat dispiriting day.
28 June 2018
I think I’ve become addicted to “start the week” meetings – that’s 4 in a row!!! It was followed by another go around “Directors Issues” but finally we got to Richard Max-Lino’s review of opportunities in high value services. Having now heard the final presentation, I am intrigued by some of the way-points Richard must have gone through
22 June 2018
Starting another week with “start the week”. Is this a record?
Next came the planning for the July and October Board meetings, the second Innovat08 planning meeting and interviewing someone with Ian. Along the way, David and I spent some time thinking about how an Innovation Platform on the aerospace area might be constructed, what sort of a challenge would be involved, what level of funding would be necessary to make any impact and so on. The focus on aerospace as part of the manufacturing strategy and a number of e-mails going around made it necessary for us to have a position!! We agreed that I would share our early thinking with the BERR Aerospace guys – of which more later.
16 June 2018
Monday was unusual in that I actually attended the “start the week” meeting. It was followed by the pay review meeting, which showed what the value of preparation would have been, a telephone interview with Technopolis about the KTNs and a lot of paperwork.
07 June 2018
The week started with my customary missing of the “start the week” meeting!!
Instead I was down to London taking part in an ETI Energy Efficient Buildings Working Group meeting. Participation is down to a small core group, the EDF Chairman, EON, Carbon Trust and ourselves.
31 May 2018
Luckily, starting on Tuesday saved me from the ignominy of attending two “start the week” meetings in a row, but we made up for it with an extended, two-part Executive meeting. We did get a respite in the middle with the lunch and learn by E S R I Inc.. I took two things from their visit. One was the fact that they saw an opportunity to describe what they do to the Technology Strategy Board as an opportunity worth 4 of their fairly senior guys time and the other was the pervasive, but often unseen, nature of their products and services.