Davina’s story

 

Hello.  My name is Davina and I have been a trustee for Qube for just over a year.  My background is a varied one.  I started my career in market research and then took on marketing, income generation and fundraising roles in the corporate sector, higher education and charities.  I have worked overseas as well in the UK.  I’m also a governor at Ellesmere College and treasurer of the Oswestry and District Embroiderers’ Guild Branch – ‘StitchPlus’.

Qube is such a lovely and worthwhile organisation to be involved with. Being a part of it is really rewarding.  Everyone is so committed and there is an emphasis on getting things done, as opposed to agreeing endless procedures!

For the last seven years I have run a consulting business with my business partner so working at home is the norm for me.  Not a lot has changed other than not being able to travel and meet people. In fact, I’m probably much more relaxed now because I’m not travelling to meetings all over the country using the trains.  I’ve given myself permission to slow down and as a result I’ve started to write poetry for the first time since my school days.  It’s a relaxing change from writing business reports.

I work most closely with my fellow trustees, Laurel, Jim and Charlotte.  One of the best things about the current arrangement has been for trustees to be able to roll up their sleeves as part of the team and to learn more about what everyone is doing day to day.  I’m sure this is going to make us more effective.

Aside from all the smiling faces, with Qube HQ closed I’m missing the art exhibitions which show what a talented community we have.

Once we can meet with other people, I’m going to enjoy seeing friends and family for coffee and lunch and to see the sea, though how long it will take to persuade myself to travel again by train I’m not sure.

I never buy or eat sweet biscuits as a rule but to compensate for our circumstances my choice has been a chocolate digestive.  It was quite a shock to see that they have suffered from global thinning – they’re half the thickness they used to be.

It’s almost impossible to narrow music down to my top three lockdown songs, however, I have chosen:

  1. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes (with Youssou N’Dour)
  2. Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, John Doyle – Leaving Uist / Lochaber Badger
  3. Clannad – I Will Find You

I must also squeeze in Happy by Pharrell Williams.

 

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