Welcome to my blog, a growing and evolving collection of my thoughts, ideas, experiences and suggestions on the work and lifestyle of a CEO working in the not-for-profit sector.
My inspiration for this blog comes from two sources: Firstly, I have found being a CEO it can be difficult to find online resources to support me simply because ‘one size’ of CEO does not necessary fit all – for example there are many differences to being a corporate CEO to a charity CEO, as there are differences between a charity CEO and not-for-profit CEO. Whilst some similarities in leadership and finances are extant in all CEO roles, I am more interested in identifying and exploring the unique aspects of not-for-profit life.

Secondly, and perhaps more light heartedly, I am always interested in lifestyle issues which impact my generation (middle aged men). Many of these are inevitably linked to my career such as travel (UK and international), volunteering, health and fitness and even choice of appropriate clothing (for example selecting clothes/building a wardrobe which is both ‘age appropriate’ and matches my lifestyle and the challenge of doing so in a world seemingly obsessed with ‘dressing down’ to a level past generations would have called slovenly!).
I have decided to chart my journey now in this blog – I hope it helps you, and I would ask in return you respect my views and opinions. That said, I welcome feedback from those of you sharing a similar journey.

I am in my mid-50s, married, and living in Suffolk, with my office based in London. I initially served in the Royal Air Force for 16 years, retiring as a squadron leader and then embarked on a career in the not-for-profit sector. My current CEO role sees me spending much of my time travelling around the UK and internationally. I have a busy social life linked to my CEO role, my London Club, and my volunteer activities in Suffolk. My sporting activities, once extensive, are now gym-based rowing and weight/resistance training, some swimming, with croquet and backgammon for variation!
Thank you for reading my blog!
Mark Hollingsworth
January 2017

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