Friday, 20 March 2015

Leaving Tesco after 27 amazing years

This post first appeared on Nick's own blog at page on 13 March 2015.
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Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that Tesco have amicably accepted my request for voluntary redundancy.

After 27 amazing years of a career in computing and innovation, I will be leaving the Welwyn Garden City campus for the final time as a colleague on 13th April.

When I reflect on the last quarter century I’ve had enormous fun, from helping found and build Tesco’s online service, a founding member of Tesco’s staff network for LGBT colleagues, and helping create Tesco Labs innovation group with some incredibly talented people, to name but a few milestones.

I leave Tesco with a heavy heart but happy to be moving on to try something new. I’ll be taking a summer break with the hubby in our new seaside home and getting stuck into a few personal projects that have been neglected in recent times (including this blog!). I can’t wait to jump on our mountain bikes and explore the beautiful South Downs National Park. Time to get super-healthy by the sea!

After the summer, I want to get out there as an ‘innovation insider’ and help companies who want to start their own innovation teams, or who are struggling to get traction with innovation projects. We made R&D/innovation work at Tesco, and I can make it work in many other companies too!
A big thank you to all of you who have worked with me over the years, it’s been fantastic. I will always carry a torch for Tesco, of that you can be sure.

I’ll be announcing a leaving drinks event to my Tesco colleagues (and favourite alumni!) soon.

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As this blog grows in readership - and because it carries the Tesco brand - I have had to become more careful about the sort of comments that are acceptable. The good news is that I'm a champion of free speech so please be as praising or as critical as you wish! The only comments I DON'T allow through are:

1. Comments which criticise an individual other than myself, or are critical of an organisation other than Tesco. This is simply because they cannot defend themselves so is unfair and possibly libellous. Comments about some aspect of Tesco being better/worse than another equivalent organisation are allowed as long as you start by saying "in my personal opinion.." or "I think that...". ... followed by a "...because.." and some reasoned argument.

2. Comments which are totally unrelated to the context of the original article. If I have written about a mobile app and you start complaining about the price of potatoes then your comment isn't going stay for long!

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4. Insulting / obscene messages.

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