In reaction to the outbreak of COVID-19, Movemeon developed an initiative titled ‘Consultants Against COVID-19‘. This initiative comprises of 400+ highly skilled consultants and ex-consultants willing and ready to provide their services for free to support any charities, public sector and other not for profit organisations in need during the crisis. Headed up by Jack Fitch and Clare Tsangari (who are also volunteering their support for free) they are matchmaking the best skills to key roles and creating awareness through a dedicated LinkedIn channel.
40+ consultants have currently been placed with a variety of public health organisations, charities and government at the national level. This is Jamie’s journey to supporting Golf In Society, a social enterprise focused on making golf accessible to more families across the UK, including the first-ever Dementia and Parkinson’s golf clubs.
Where did you start your career/where are you going?
I learned the ‘strategy consulting’ ropes at OC&C, and then left to join the strategy team at the National Citizen Service. That let me apply those skills to a social cause – one that brings together a hundred thousand young people every year to further social cohesion and engagement. The plan is to combine those experiences and work for a consultancy focussed on the third or public sectors.
Meanwhile, my family has a growing list of social enterprise ideas that we try to bring to fruition. The latest is Fallow (www.fallow.uk). It aims to solve labour shortages in outdoorsy roles like fruit picking, whilst giving people with mental health issues a well-supported step on the employment ladder. If anyone reading this could put me in contact with any farmers or outdoorsy employers, please do get in touch – I want to understand their needs.
What first attracted you to volunteer your time and join Consultants against COVID-19?
Well when my entirely hypothetical grandchildren ask me what I did during the ‘great pandemic of 2020’, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to tell them that I helped to find a vaccine or make ventilators or home-schooled children. I want to be able to explain to them that I did the best that I could – delivering things to people in need, helping a worthy organisation to thrive post-pandemic and making so much kombucha that I’m sick of it.
What are the key aspects of your new role and how do they help support your new company?
I have been helping Golf in Society to develop their growth plan and understand the political, competitive and market landscape it needs to operate within. They are a fantastic organisation – they have perfected the art of running dementia and Parkinson’s friendly golf sessions at golf clubs and in care homes. They want to expand from several sites currently to all across the country, and so the level of ambition is fierce. It’s been great fun carrying out the full breadth of the strategy consulting process, from understanding the client’s needs and knowledge, scoping and pitching a project, managing it and doing all the legwork. I’m used to being part of a larger consulting team so I’ve had to learn how to wear some new hats. I would love to tell you that I’ve also taken the chance to master golf but I think that may be some way off yet.
How has this worldwide pandemic affected you personally/your work life?
I am very thankful that no one that I know or love has been hard hit health-wise. Career-wise, it did somewhat derail my plan for the year. I was working in Istanbul for OC&C in 2019 through to Jan this year. I came back to the UK to volunteer on Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign and had then planned to head back out to Turkey. Instead, I have been learning Turkish remotely whilst working on pro bono projects, and my own social enterprise (www.fallow.uk)
What are you doing more of because of coronavirus?
I had dropped off Facebook and Instagram but I thought, during this, it would be nice to see as many other humans as possible. I have been glancing at the jobs market, but I’m not rushing into anything. I’d like to read less news than I do, but I’m a political nut and there is so much interesting stuff going on.
Finally, what are you most looking forward to doing once social distancing rules have been relaxed?
Being able to see the legs and midriffs of my friends and family. I am reading Before the Dawn currently, which charts humanity’s evolution and spread across the world. I can’t help but feel like human communication wasn’t designed to rely entirely on one’s face and shoulders. As a major gesticulator myself, I think it will help us all understand each other better again. The return of live music will also be a joy – I hope the venues manage to survive this.
Whether you’re on the front lines of fighting the virus or not, Consultants Against COVID-19 are helping companies with full-time support down to one-off expertise. Please contact freehelp@movemeon
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