What advice would you give your 20-year old self?

We asked leaders across the business:


Gail Lyon, Head of Digital Engagement: “Everything will be alright in the end. You can do everything that you put your mind to.”





John Williamson

John Williamson, Funeralcare Head of Operations – Scotland & Northern Ireland: “Take time to enjoy your experiences, they may not come again. Savour the challenges and learn from them, you never know when you’ll need that knowledge again. Get used to change, it’ll be with you all your life! Don’t take yourself or life too seriously.”


Nicola Price newsletter

Nicola Price, Head of Talent: “Live today as though it is your last and learn today as though you are going to live forever. See every opportunity as a learning experience whether good or bad. Cherish and spend quality time with the ones you love, as they may not always be around. Take time to reflect and remember you don’t have to run at 100 miles an hour…all of the time.”


Julian_Sykes newsletterJulian Sykes, Director of Organisational Effectiveness: “Do what matters most to you (what you love you will do brilliantly, and you’ll have fun). Run to a job, never from a job (focus on the positive reason to change, and learn/get stronger through the challenges) and don’t be afraid to try something different (you never know what you may learn or where it may take you).”


Gemma KiddGemma Kidd, Head of Brand Design and Creative Services: “Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid of moments of self-reflection. Your personal integrity will drive your development, career choices and passion for what you do so always listen to your “gut” and don’t be afraid to champion and challenge for what you believe is right.  Always be you.”


Richard WalkerRichard Walker, Food Area Manager: “The future of apprenticeships is bright, so if university isn’t your thing then find an apprenticeship programme you can join where you can learn on the job. Get involved and never turn an opportunity down.”



James HillonJames Hillon, Director of Products, Pricing and Proposition (Insurance): “Don’t doubt yourself, be brave and set yourself high standards.”