This week has been very much about learning. I have been delivering training, delivering Board appraisals, undertaking training myself and also teaching myself how to use some new technology. There has been a LOT of swearing about the latter. But I got there. And its a 40 days since I restarted my Welsh lessons.

Here are three things I have learned / relearned about learning this week:

1 — Learning through stories

Most people seem to report that being on zoom doesn’t exactly increase their appetite for long talk and chalk sessions. But one thing has stayed the same. Learning is about stories, I think…


This week, some practical stuff. I wanted to share some tips I have learnt over the years, as a trainer and as an attendee. I hate that there is so much fear about sharing financial insight. It will also apply to Board reports and other finance communication too. After lockdown, I think I appreciate learning and sharing with others more. We may not always be doing this face to face in the future though. So the way we communicate and what we choose to share will of increasing importance.

1 — Tell the story

There is a real fear about finance, and finance sessions. Board…


I have been involved in recruitment for a long time, both as an appointer and an appointee. So perhaps my first experience, this week, of a blind or unbiased recruitment process for a national opportunity was a little overdue!

I have also heard from several reliable sources that the recruitment market has been changing a fair bit as a result of remote working. Agencies are able to gain work and candidates from a much broader geographical spread. We are a considerable redistribution of work in the future out of cities (London, looking at you). I also read an article that…


Building new Board Teams

This week I have been hearing a consistent theme from new Board members. Very different individuals who sit on different Boards— it should be noted. It seems a broad theme. I have even noticed it happening in me.

So this big trend? Its that new Board members have found it harder to get going effectively since lockdown and moving to a virtual-only environment.

Less extroverted or less confident new Board members are reporting making less of a contribution than they would have liked, or feeling a bit of a “spare part”. More outgoing folk seem to report it harder to…


The world is starting to recover from the pandemic. Many organisations are thinking and asking questions about themselves and their operating models. Many business model elements such as funding sources and supply chains have been disrupted and warped out of all recognition in the last 12 months. And as is often written, many restructures fail. This is daunting and yet, it also presents opportunities to do better than we did before.

This week I have been planning a project non-profit restructure project. There may been challenges to their cost base before, but Covid-19 has made this more acute. …


How much knowledge about the day job have you accrued since you started work? Its a fair amount, I should imagine. I have been thinking about this for a while now. My first ambition, aged 7, amazingly, was not to be an accountant. I wanted to be a writer and create a library of books. I spent hours filling up notebooks with tall tales of wizards and crazy schools and all sorts of stuff. I have been thinking this week about how I might share what I have learned through writing this week. I don’t know if people read books…


This week I have been working whilst my daughter has been on Easter holidays, which has been fairly smooth and hasn’t impacted on the productivity too much. And I am chuffed to say on Friday it was Merry Jabmas for me. The NHS in Cardiff released a new number for folk my age and I was able to get a same day appointment. I wouldn’t want to be managing that call centre though! The amount of coordination involved is phenomenal- and quite moving really.

It was strange to be somewhere with so many people in fact – the place was…


This week we took advantage of lockdown restrictions easing in Wales and took a short break in a remote part of mid-Wales. We were very lucky, and it definitely helped recharge batteries. I felt very inspired and creative. I did have a couple of things to finish off due to deadlines, but I didn’t mind. It was a pleasure to work in this garden and look at the views.

Not a bad office, is it! (My photo)

And safely chat to the odd passerby. I guess it was my choice to do so, which helped! And the fact that the cottage had at least some broadband. …


This week has been another productive one and I have made progress on a number of projects. I guess I am still finding the shallow end of the consultancy pool quite balmy! I got a lot of work and learning done this week and managed some exercise too.

Taking the plunge into consultancy waters. Penarth beach — about to be somewhere I can visit again! (My photo).

This week I have signed up to Calendly. I have found I spend quite a lot of time organising my diary. I’m hoping it helps organising catch ups with clients and with friends and wider contacts. It looks really good. I love the fact it integrates so smoothly with other systems like…


As some of you may know I am now dipping my toe into consultancy waters and am enjoying working for myself. It was something I have been thinking about for a while and this was the week I finally said as much on LinkedIn! You can’t get much more official than that.

I thought this might be a good time to do another series of weeknotes, and share my learning. I have worked in a multi-national, in large and small non-profits and SMEs, so I guess this would be an area I would explore before too long.

A Victorian brick in the Taff — my photo. From the Risca works in South Wales. I can’t believe how clean the waters are! (Walk with sister).

I’m finding I…

Sarah Prescott

Experienced Chief Finance Officer -track record in Welsh social housing and third sector. Chartered Accountant (FCA BFP). Views my own - my space for blogging.

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