I’ve made it a point throughout the launch of my public work to keep my day job out of the public sphere. Aside from people knowing that I’m a policy advisor by day, climber by night and public figure otherwise, I’ve not given more details and I don’t intend to now.
There’s something very previous about keeping both those lives separate. When I’m at work, I get very precious time away from what has become a very fulfilling but also demanding public life. When I’m doing my public stuff, I don’t think about work. It’s a very good balance.
So, why am I bringing up work now? I’m a civil servant. One of the reasons I joined was to be able to make a difference to the society we live in today. Aside from the fact that the subject matter is hugely different to what I do in the public sphere, the want to have a positive impact in the society we live in also drives me strongly and is one of the biggest reasons I decided to become a public figure in the first place.
I’m lucky enough to say that I work in a pretty diverse workforce. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing people from all backgrounds and all abilities. Each of them, in their own way, helping to shape the society we live in today.
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve also lent my voice to the launch of the Civil Service Diversity Strategy. I really believe that the Civil Service can only be as good as the people it represents and needs to become even more diverse as a consequence.
I’ve written a blog all about it: https://civilservice.blog.gov.uk/2017/10/20/how-i-ended-up-finding-the-perfect-career-choice-and-the-chance-to-be-who-i-am/
You can also watch the full video below: