Happy New Year from SajeImpact

18 Weeks and Counting

18 Weeks and Counting

I will be 55 in just 18 weeks time. For me life will be able to take another step into the next season in my life.

When this happens I am hoping to make greater use of this site for my musings on life and the world around! I have one big interview in May which might put these plans back a little bit (about 4 years) but either way there will be more time for travel and writing.

Stay tuned.


Seasons in Life - The Next one for Andy and Saje Impact

There are seasons to life I believe. Well it certainly feels like that as I start September 201Changes in 2018!8.

A number of Sport Board positions come to their natural end after several years of voluntary service - The Sport & Recreation Alliance , Special Olympic and CIMSPA . I want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me during the last 8 years since leaving Parliament (losing the election!) and welcoming me into the world of sport.

It has been another fascinating learning curve working with a sector I have passion for and trying to bring a fresh perspective and influence practise and policy. I will continue to do this but in different ways over the next 'season', mainly through The Sports Think Tank and through SAJEIMPACT LTD where I have generated a series of partnerships to bring the best people I have worked with to the sector - like David Slemen Sport:80 Services Limited . As always Loughborough University Loughborough University London will play a large part of what I do.

I will announce a few new NED positions too over the coming weeks.

I have always had a passion for my home county so I will be doing more economic growth work in Leicestershire through the LLEP too

Here is to the new season. Even if that includes retiring formally from Birstall RFC!

Happy New Year from SajeImpact

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:51

Happy New Year from SajeImpact

Happy New Year from SajeImpact

An update from me first posted on LinkedIn

I don't really do New Year resolutions. I'm not really convinced by a single date in the calendar being used to create a new lifestyle. I do though regard myself as a sponge – learning and discovering new things all the time that I want to embed into the life I want to create for myself and for others around me. However, this year a number of changes have taken place that meant December was a time to naturally reflect on how different 2016 might look compared to 2015.
My top 3 changes have been the move from Chairing the Sport and Recreation Alliance for the last 5 years. For a part-time voluntary role it has certainly dominated much of my work/life over that period. There is a separate reflection needed on everything I have learned during this time & I am certainly starting to capture my thoughts about the time at the Alliance. Hopefully it is a positive contribution and I think I can honestly say the SRA is in a better place than when I arrived. I am not disappearing completely as I will still serve on the Board leading on Policy matters and putting my energy into the Sports Think Tank instead.
Secondly the 2015 Rugby World Cup had been part of my life since I was part of the government that helped the RFU bid and win the contest to host the tournament in 2007. Post parliamentary life I had been involved through the engage2015, the area legacy group in the region, through my club, through LRS and the Leicester based games as well as through the SRA and our strong links with the RFU, as well as the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup which took place in Rugby and Richmond the week before the other one kicked off! It didn't seem four years since we sat in Auckland accepting the challenge of delivering a tournament of 300 players from around the world.
Finally a number of client changes and additions at Saje Impact, G&G and the emergence of the Sport Impact Fund supported by the new Government Sports strategy means there is much to do to build up my business interests.

In addition to these changes I had also promised myself at the Party conference season that I would stop blogging about the new direction of the Labour party under the leadership of Corbyn, and the hard left who hang around him. I was finding it hard to have many positive things to say and I have always been a team player and one likely to build consensus in the party. I had never joined any 'faction' and tried to avoid labels. I found my posts were negative and energy sapping dealing with the Corbyinite trolling of any sensible observation that this might just turn out to be an electoral disaster. I vowed in October to take a rest and reflect on next steps. Now we have seen out 2015 I do think it is time to re-engage in the debate about the future direction of the party as I think it is now even worse than when I made my last observations. The tight grip of the new (re-treads from the Livingstone/ McDonnell GLC days) politics is steadily taking hold of the party machinery and stifling debate. Anything seen as critical and everybody is dismissed as a Red Tory and told to get lost from the Party we have served for over 30 years. So on behalf of the people who care about the party becoming an election winning force again must stay and make the case. I know so many who now feel voiceless because of the level of intimidation that I hope to share stories and help others speak up rather than just focus on my own thoughts. I will still blog at (www.andyreednet.wordpress.com)
So over the coming days I will unpack some thoughts on my usual eclectic mix of sport, politics and faith issues as well as the new areas of my clients and businesses and the new focus of much of my voluntary time. Much of this will still be done on social media andyjreed_obe and facebook/ andyreed
New work in 2016 will include EPpartners, CiS, ASA, SAPCA, London Sport, Sporting equals, Loughborough University Institute for Sports Business, Loughborough University Business School, and the University Physical activity and Public Health Research Group. There are a few new clients on the horizon where details just need to be finalised. Details will be announced at www.sajeimpact.net during January 2016
I am also excited by the work we are starting to generate through GreenandGold – a genuine ethical sports agency delivering social good through sport. (www.greenandgold.org)
Finally, the work of the Sports Think Tank will start to take off in 2016 now I have more time to dedicate to our work (www.sportsthinktank.com)
In my voluntary capacity I will be setting out some objectives for the roles I have with a number of organisations. I am happy to serve on so many Boards because I can make a specific contribution to each. I will do some longer blogs about each of these over January – Leicestershire & Rutland Sport (chair), the Sport & Recreation Alliance, World Vision UK, British Basketball League Foundation, Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (Llep), Special Olympics, Sports Chaplaincy UK and CIMSPA. I will set out what I hope where I can help or at least make a positive contribution with each. It is also probably a year to reflect and decide if it is time to move on to new challenges and let new blood take my place.
So whilst there are no specific new Year resolutions there is certainly a fresh new look and feel to 2016 from us here at SajeImpact and an exciting year ahead.

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