A few days ago I told the team I work with at WIMPS (http://www.wimps.tv) that I am leaving Public Achievement. It was neither an easy nor snap decision. I have been with PA since January 2011.
Next Monday (31 March), they will be in Stormont at the launch of the evaluation report of the project. To my enormous disappointment I won’t be with them, but I will be in Dublin presenting at a conference on ICT and Youth Work and talking about some of the findings in the evaluation. The team should be very proud of their achievements. Such talent, commitment, innovation and support for each other is rare. I have said many times to them and publically that they are the best team I have ever worked with.
This is not a professional decision. This is a personal decision. And I am not leaving go to a new job. I am leaving to spend more time with Dawn and both of us are going to spend more time somewhere far from Northern Ireland.
Anyone who knows me will know I love visiting Slovenia, something Dawn and I share. There is a short story about this – but that is for another time.
One of the most beautiful places on this planet is Lake Bled and from June, Dawn and I will be living 100 meters from its shore.This is an adult gap year (but not actually a whole year). Adam and Owen are grown up and have left home. Both Dawn and I have worked for close on 40 years and, well, we deserve a break. It is our time now.
In the meantime, I will stay with the board of Belfast FM, Argyle Business Centre and Achieve Enterprises (if they will have me) and attend meetings via Skype from the balcony of Vila Marija. Cesta Gorenjskega odreda, Bled. Do drop by for a Laško sometime.