Category: Thoughts

  • The day that Ben left

    The day that Ben left

    Today, Friday, is the day that Ben Holliday leaves the Department for Work and Pensions. In one way, it’s a sad day. Ben will be a huge miss within the team, but also a miss within the wider realms of government. An influential voice with experience to match. His work and effort has had a…

  • A letter from the future

    Dear past me, You were right, we’re more connected than ever before. We didn’t look for calm in our lives nor did we look to take anything away. You see, connectivity and devices are still everywhere. No longer are they just in our pockets and attached to our wrists. What you had back then was…

  • Hello you. Hello you, this is me.

    Hello you. Hello you, this is me. That’s how we started every phone call, it was our little game, one which we’d done since I was a teenager. We both used to laugh and get confused on who had to say what. That was my Dad, my best friend. My best friend passed away on…

  • Invest in yourself

    A little while ago I sent out the following; Don’t forget to invest in yourself. Make time, health and learning an important investment for you. A lot of ourselves goes to other things. — Gavin Elliott (@gavinelliott) July 5, 2015 There were many thoughts behind that message and a bit of a personal story (and…

  • Cleansing the soul with honest design

    Back in late 2013, shortly after I joined traveljunction.com, I managed to internally recruit Tim Gale on to my team. It was a pretty bold move, Tim was sought after across the company but I was pretty determined and didn’t give up. I’d known of Tim for a while before joining the company and as…

  • Understanding the why

    When we were learning as children, we always asked important questions. More often than not the main question was, Why? We as adults joke about children getting to that age and how they continue to ask why after the 2nd and 3rd time. Each time a child asks why and receives an answer it generally…