Chris Warburton ¦

Awards Season – Making it count

It is nearing the end of exam season and in the last couple of weeks, I have also spent some time marking… judging industry award entries.  As always it has been an interesting process, with lots of close entries, which often made it hard to determine winners. Of course a winner there has to be. Based on the entries, category criteria, and combined judges’ responses (no sorry I cannot be influenced!) it was a robust process. However, having seen the… Read more

That Friday feeling… on Thursday

Why is it that short weeks always feel longer than longer ones? It never ceases to amaze me, and that was exactly what happened this last week, being the second bank holiday in May (in the UK). I am not sure if it is the need to cram five days of work into four, or just because it is all too easy to slip into a mini holiday the weekend before, but that Monday feeling—of course, now a Tuesday feeling—… Read more

Time flies – eventually

Last week I had an evening trip down to London. As it was after work, after a full day and with the travel, well I felt like skipping it… it would be easier to stay local. However, a casual unrelated, comment “it is always much better to meet in person” – set a seed and made me change my mind… I’m glad I did; they were right. Sometimes is better to take the more difficult path in the end and… Read more

Track to the Future

It was only a quick question… “if I forward an email, can other people see that I have done so?” ‘Pretty straightforward’, I opined… yet on further thought, it was a much smarter question than I gave credit for… and one that illustrated a couple of underlying truths or trends. No Slacking Now I am someone who has grown up with email… I have a fondness for Outlook, and dare I say, Lotus Notes and ccMail too! But, rather than… Read more

The Digital Frontline – A Retreat to Reading Books

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an event around resilience, in the world of consumer duty and cyber threats, in Manchester. All very interesting, and I walked away with the feeling that what we think we know is merely just a fraction of what is really going on. It was an, albeit a concerning, eye-opener to the need to be prepared and being operationally (and indeed cyber) resilient to potential risks. The event, built upon a prior session… Read more

January Fever – Emerging from hibernation

January has ended, and it certainly felt like a long month. I’m not sure why, but after the holidays, time seems to slow down, even though everything is super busy. The saying goes, “Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself,” which, I suppose, doesn’t reflect well on the start of this year! The news this week was mixed too, credit card and consumer loans, both of which had been increasing fairly steadily in volume throughout all of last year, showed a… Read more