Re-think Retirement - a Next-Up Podcast
A holiday led corporate sales director Michelle to early unretirement

A holiday led corporate sales director Michelle to early unretirement

November 15, 2022

Michelle was prompted to make a life changing decision at the peak of her corporate career - albeit unintentionally. Join us as she talks about her story, 5 years into this new journey.

Michelle weathered through Covid by involving herself with a charity for the elderly in her community; only to come through the other side as one of the youngest trustees on the board!

Still only in her early fifties, Michelle believes in life-long learning and doesn't see herself retiring.

Michelle acknowledges she is highly motivated and unafraid of change, which has helped her navigate her own path, fuelled by a desire to be driven by her values and priorities.

 

AI, data privacy and cyber security – Lord Tim Clement-Jones brings experience to these debates

AI, data privacy and cyber security – Lord Tim Clement-Jones brings experience to these debates

October 25, 2022

Former lawyer Lord Tim Clement Jones now chairs big tech debates in House of Lords; chairs a university Council and is active on autism and cancer issues. In his 70s, he believes unretirement is a mix of strategy and opportunities.

“You have to stay involved across generations. It’s what keeps you young and with a lively interest – it prevents you becoming mouldy in retirement!”

From funeral to celebrant with Amanda Wheal

From funeral to celebrant with Amanda Wheal

October 10, 2022

A series of bereavements inspired Amanda Wheal to become a celebrant after 30 years of teaching

After a long teaching career, Amanda Wheal took what her friends called a ‘brave’ step and trained as a celebrant. She had to learn about the business side too, which was challenging. But she has never enjoyed life so much. If you are looking for ideas after retirement, Amanda could inspire you too.

The former secondary school teacher, from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, says: ‘I was getting a bit disen­chanted with teaching and was thinking about retiring when my brother died unexpectedly.

‘I was very involved in the funeral and we had an incredible celebrant. I just thought that was something l’ll really like to do.’

After completing her training while continuing to work as a teacher, Amanda estab­lished her business in 2020 and has now won awards for her work.

'I didn’t plan to retire as early as I did but, once I had completed my training, I was so keen to get started that I just went for it,’ she says.

‘I've had the most wonderful two years, it’s just been incredible.’

 

Journalist Peter Davenport travelled the world on top stories. Now in his 70s, he’s on Instagram with his Italian jackets and ties!

Journalist Peter Davenport travelled the world on top stories. Now in his 70s, he’s on Instagram with his Italian jackets and ties!

July 29, 2022

International journalist Peter Davenport met Hollywood icons Fred Astaire to John Wayne and Omar Sharif; was with the Royal Navy on HMS Illustrious in the Indian Ocean, flew to the Falklands with the RAF and was at Bloody Sunday in Londonderry. Moving to the ‘dark side’ of PR he started and built PR consultancies and now shares his experiences as a speaker. Author of two books and manager of a teenage rock band, Peter is still young at heart and enjoying life. Always a stylish dresser, he didn’t resort to meeting in pyjamas in Covid! Instead he started sharing his love of clothes on Instagram: @peterd67. Peter is a great example to us all – joyous and positive, trying new things and living life to the full!

Dr Angela Herbert MBE marked her 61st birthday by launching Made on Purpose with a focus on girls and women

Dr Angela Herbert MBE marked her 61st birthday by launching Made on Purpose with a focus on girls and women

June 16, 2022

Dr Angela Herbert MBE began a career in the Criminal Justice System over 37 years ago; first volunteering for 13 years in a young offenders’ institution and then working at a senior level in a London Prison before transferring to Prison Service policy in the Ministry of Justice.

Education and skills in prison and institutions is a key area of interest for Angela since people of African Heritage are consistently and disproportionately represented.

In April 2021, Angela marked her 61st birthday by launching Made on Purpose with a focus on girls and women. Her extensive career in criminal justice focused predominantly on men. Having survived and successfully navigated exceptional challenges as a woman of African Heritage, personally and professionally, she uses art to convey messages of hope. She defiantly, fist-pumps the sky with grit and determination to 'be'.

Made on Purpose aids others to consider their lived experiences as resources and stepping-stones to fulfil their unique life purpose. This is achieved through coaching, mentoring, training, public motivational speaking, written materials, webinars, podcasts, philanthropic activities, and charitable giving.

She published a book of 100 re-affirmations Another day to be... 100 re-affirmations to inspire (2021). 100% of profits from this range will be gifted to women's charities in the UK, Africa and Barbados, making positive use of the triangular trade route!

Lend your support by visiting Madeonpurpose.org

 

Andy Briggs is passionate about employers really thinking about age diversity.  How should they do this?

Andy Briggs is passionate about employers really thinking about age diversity. How should they do this?

March 30, 2022

Andy Briggs, group chief executive of the Phoenix Group and the UK Government’s Business Champion for the Ageing Society, describes his role as helping people secure a life of possibilities.  Very much in line with how Next-Up thinks!  We wanted to get an employer perspective on the issues of retirement to understand wider thinking.

 

African dance was the road to happiness – Genny Jones qualified as a teacher of African dance, shortly after her 60th birthday

African dance was the road to happiness – Genny Jones qualified as a teacher of African dance, shortly after her 60th birthday

March 15, 2022

Genny Jones wears many hats. She is a qualified account, accountancy teacher, life coach and qualified as a teacher of African dance, shortly after her 60th birthday. She also runs her own group with Gingerbread, the charity for single parents, to help herself and others.

How a bereavement ended up in finding purpose – Dr Julie Wilson helped to co-found a business with her daughter in unretirement

How a bereavement ended up in finding purpose – Dr Julie Wilson helped to co-found a business with her daughter in unretirement

February 8, 2022

When Dr Julie Wilson’s mother-in-law died, she and her daughter realised something had to be done about end-of-life administration. She had been planning a packed retirement, travelling the world in a camper van.  But instead she agreed to start Settld with her daughter, Vicky Wilson. Together they have created a simple, secure online service that notifies all companies of a loved one’s death in one go and keeps users updated on account progress in a central place. 

Why start a business in your 60s? Dorthy Miller shares lessons learned from launching Prime Women

Why start a business in your 60s? Dorthy Miller shares lessons learned from launching Prime Women

December 9, 2021

Dorthy Miller Shore launched Prime Women – an online magazine for women over 50 to fill a market gap. Why didn’t she just put her feet up?  Hear her lessons and inspiring story.   

She says that to be successful in unretirement you need to be willing to learn new things and be curious.

Briege Leahy sold her business – then what?

Briege Leahy sold her business – then what?

November 5, 2021

Hear how she created a completely new role and now making a real difference to entrepreneurs

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