Member Spotlight - Alasdair Jackson

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Name: Alasdair Jackson

Position/company: Chief Executive Recycling Lives Charity

How would you describe your business to a total stranger?

A charity/social enterprise which exists to help people to change their lives and be the best they can be. We work mainly with the homeless, ex-offenders and anyone suffering from food poverty.

Your previous roles:

Operation Director, Recycling Lives Ltd

Other information (eg other positions held, charity roles):

Chair HMP Preston Employment Advisory Board, Trustee on Prison Employment Advisory Board’s National Oversight Board, Member of the board for the Employer’s Forum for Reducing Reoffending, Holder of the Employment Seat on Reducing Reoffending Third Sector Advisory Group

What do you do outside work? (hobbies/interests):

Love the outdoors and enjoy getting out walking and cycling. Keeping as fit as I can. Being a taxi for my children.

How long have you been an IoD member?

3 years or so

Why did you join the IoD?

To access some of the courses.

Which parts of IoD membership do you value most?

The courses and the potential for networking

How would you describe your branch area to a total stranger?

Lancashire is a hidden gem. Simple as that.

What is the most important issue for the government to tackle?

The NHS. It is utterly broken and there are good people fighting to do a good job every day in almost impossible circumstances.

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself when you started out in business?

Don’t worry about things you have no influence over. Spend your time on things you can directly or indirectly affect.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years’ time?

Semi-retired but doing some non-exec and trustee stuff.

Interested in IoD membership? Contact [email protected]

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