our lost stationery trays with all the goodies you’d expect, post it’s pens etc

Felix found our cupboard of books, stationary and other artefacts from pre pandemic. There’s been a lot of furniture moves/work on the office over the last 18 months (obv a good time to do the work given we weren’t there)and as a result we’d lost sight of where the cupboard…


a picture of a small flower that’s appeared on a succulent in the kitchen

A week in which:

Karim and Steve worked on a draft How to HackIT on ending contracts well — to support our contract managers to get it right first time. Leaving a supplier can be complicated, and there’s lots to think about to do it well. …


a picture of some empty Tony’s chocoloney wrappers after a long day with many meetings

“I pin my hopes to quiet processes and small circles, in which vital and transforming events take place”

Rufus Jones 1937

Thea Snow shared this quote at the start of the week and it’s stayed with me throughout the week. I’ve been thinking about change and leading change a lot…


a view outside the cafe window with a coffee in the foreground

This week felt like a week mostly starting to consolidate things that have been thought about/discussed and planned over the summer. Outside of work I’ve been exploring Utrecht, enjoying the last of the summer sunshine, and am back to in person yoga classes for the first time in a loooong…


a canal bridge in Utrecht

Back at work after a couple of weeks proper holiday – as in away, doing other stuff, not looking at my phone or laptop. Or studying.

I can’t quite believe it’s already the end of September – the sun is still shining and in Utrecht, where I’m currently staying, things…


a view out to see from the beach in Bexhill
Went for a brilliant swim at the weekend in Bexhill

This week Emma McGowan and I were at the helm for most of the week whilst colleagues were taking well earned breaks. Luckily mostly calm waters with a couple of swells here and there.*

So what happened this week?**

Monday

I ran the modern tools for housing programme squad session – this is where the three…


a stripe of clouds across the sky over a field, with a fence in the forwgrouind

It’s August, and so lots of people across the teams are taking well earned breaks. I had a break earlier in July and am off again in September, and I’ve completed my masters. For the first time in a while it feels like work/life is getting more in balance, and…


Since October 2019 I’ve been a part time masters student at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose studying on their masters programme — 2019 was the first intake of students for this course. I started this journey in a very different set of circumstances than I finished it in…


the derbyshire dales, looking out over a drystone wall

I had a lovely week off, was back for a couple of weeks and am now off again for a few days. …


This week has been ‘the one before the holiday’ when you realise you really do need a break and are digging deep to finish/move forward keys things, so this is a very short weeknote.

I’m taking a week off next week and — I’ve finished a first draft of my…

Cate McLaurin

Head of Delivery @hackneycouncil @madebycatem. Part-time Masters student @IIPP_UCL. Views are my own. Interested in change, innovation, leadership and digital

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