Category: Personal

  • Linux mobile; safer phones for children?

    Linux mobile; safer phones for children?

    Linux mobile; safer phones for children? I have two children in primary school. They live in a world where mobile phones, and specifically smartphones, are ubiquitous. And …. that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When used ‘smartly’, mobile phones are valuable sources of information, entertainment, organisation and communication. However there are downsides, as I describe…

  • In praise of Mike Clubb – and volunteers everywhere

    In praise of Mike Clubb – and volunteers everywhere

    In praise of Mike Clubb – and volunteers everywhere My dad, Mike Clubb, spent his whole working life as a history teacher. Bridgend for the most part, but also Cwmbrân and Zambia. It’s hard for a son to objectively assess his father’s quality as a teacher; but from conversations I’ve had with ex-pupils, he seems…

  • On bullies

    On bullies

    I have been bullied in two jobs during a career that has spanned more than twenty years and through a wide range of different organisations. Pretty good odds, you might think. But those two episodes, totalling around three years, were devastating for my emotional and mental health, and were the two unhappiest periods of my…

  • Remembering Mick Bates

    Remembering Mick Bates

    I was sad to read yesterday that Mick Bates, a former member of the Senedd (back when it was an Assembly) had died. I knew Mick as a tireless and brave campaigner for renewables during a time when many politicians refused to participate in the debate. It seems crazy now, in the world of climate…

  • Bad customer service; it’ll come back to bite you

    Bad customer service; it’ll come back to bite you

    Our little girl was over the moon to receive her first bike. We’d decided to use The Bike Club, because we were supporting a ‘reuse’ economy, where the company sends out reconditioned bikes. Then, when you need an upgrade – pretty much a given due to the normal process of children needing bigger everything –…

  • Reflections on renewables

    Reflections on renewables

    I joined RenewableUK in June 2012 and left in March 2019. This blog post provides some reflections on my time with the organisation. To hear my thoughts on a wide range of issues, head to the Cardiff Podcast where I chat about climate change, feminism, the energy sector in Wales and my new venture, Afallen.…

  • Our digital strategy; it’s yours too

    Our digital strategy; it’s yours too

    Our digital strategy; it’s yours too (written as Head of Digital at RenewableUK) I’ve previously written about the process which we’ve undertaken to develop our digital strategy.  Since writing that article — and the previous ones about digital principles and our rules of engagement on social media — we have adopted the digital strategy and…