Articles

I've written pieces for publication in different formats for very different audiences:

  • Online and print articles for industry publications, mainly B2B audience
  • Travel blogs for city trippers and holidaymakers
  • Work-life topics for general audience
  • Interviews and reviews for entertainment magazines and websites

Damen Shipyards Group

As a freelance writer I write articles to appear online and in print for Damen publications.

Leading the charge towards a greener future | Damen Magazine

Emissions-reducing solutions for shipping include engines powered by liquefied natural gas or by hydrogen cells, but these are expensive to implement and at present offer little scope for upgrade once installed. The introduction of a ‘battery box’ would require little imposition on the structure and operation of a ship’s propulsion and the removable batteries could be replaced following the development of newer, more efficient methods of energy storage.

Damen scales up | Damen Magazine

The large RoPax industry segment saw a peak in demand around thirty – forty years ago – roughly the lifespan of this type of vessel. This means that soon many of these ships will be coming to the end of their service and will be earmarked for replacement. Damen intends to use its experience in shipbuilding, coupled with new facilities to offer the marketplace a superior solution as part of its new Cruise, RoPax and Offshore (CRO) division. “With this, we are able to fully service this sector,”

Upskill online in your downtime offshore | Damen Magazine

The beauty of modular online learning is that you don’t need to be in a certain place at a certain time to get on with your studies. This flexibility is something Damen Shipyards Group has wanted to take full advantage of for a long time. Access to information, advice and training regardless of location allows clients to benefit from Damen service provision round the clock and around the globe – and can be immensely rewarding. When you purchase a Damen vessel, you don’t just get a boat.

Qualify: Plotting a course for lightweight topside structures | Damen Magazine

Efficiency and sustainability are big issues facing most industries today, and none more so than marine operations. Damen Shipyards Group’s partnerships with Skoon and EMAR to promote sustainable propulsion are examples of its investment into preparations for a changing future. In a related venture, together with ten other stakeholders, Damen forms the Qualify project partnership to investigate the use of composite materials in the construction of primary maritime structures.

Future of Work blog posts for RingCentral blog

Ringside: Insider Interview with Sahil Rekhi

In this series of posts, we’re talking to our own leaders to get insights into the challenges and solutions of the telecommunications industry. This episode is a special one, taking into account what everyone’s going through. At RingCentral, we’re fortunate that it’s our business to enable remote communication and collaboration. When the time came for us to pack up our laptops and take them to work from home, we did it without missing a beat.

The Capability to Work Remotely Is Just Expected

The application of remote working was already growing thanks to its clear business benefits. Now for many companies it’s a matter of necessity. We’re fortunate that our technology can meet the challenge. As we step away from the office and set ourselves up at home, we won’t be entering a novel situation. For years now, we’ve been familiar with using applications that make our lives easier, from instant messaging to guided meditation – all on a single device.

Remote Work Resources from around the Web

For some companies, the need for remote working has come out of nowhere. This sudden need to make a fundamental switch raises all kinds of questions, and it’s difficult to know where to start. With a bombardment of information about remote working suddenly hitting the social platforms, a filter is really useful to help navigate it all. With that in mind, here’s a summary of some of the best remote working blogs and guides in the market right now.

Ringside: Insider Interview with Monica Visconti-Patel

In this series of posts, we’re talking to our own leaders to get insights into the challenges and solutions of the telecommunications industry. In this special episode, we welcome Monica Visconti-Patel, AVP of Marketing for EMEA. Something of a celebrity in the SaaS arena, Monica has occupied numerous directorships at software companies including CA Technologies, Jive and MuleSoft, and was featured in HotTopics.ht’s Top 100 B2B European Marketing Leaders list for 2019.

Ringside: Louise Newbury-Smith

In this series of posts, we’re talking to our own leaders to get insights into the challenges and solutions of the telecommunications industry. This episode features Louise Newbury-Smith, Regional Vice President for Enterprise Sales. In plain English, Louise leads our people on the ground who are selling to big businesses like News UK. Louise has spent much of her career in telecommunications, occupying director roles for big players including BT and Daisy Group.

Why Remote Working Isn’t Going Away - Elite Business Magazine

Remote working is becoming increasingly common in the UK, and the signs are it’s not a fad. The UK had 4.5 million remote workers in 2018, up from 3.6 million ten years before. The change is steady, measured – the hallmarks of lasting evolution rather than short-term craze. As businesses see the practice paying dividends in other sectors, or among their partners and competitors, they realise the potential benefits of remote working outweigh the risks.

Ringside: Insider Interview with Daniel Yin

In this series of posts, we’re talking to our own leaders to get insights into the challenges and solutions of the telecommunications industry. Today we turn to Daniel Yin, Head of Product and Innovation RingCentral EMEA. Daniel has spent over ten years in the cloud software and communications industry, holding positions in engineering, operations and product management, helping companies succeed by developing innovative communication solutions.

Ringside: Insider Interview with Shaun Spivak

The reason we’re able to provide insightful thought leadership content is the fantastic staff resources we have under our roof. The leaders of our business who develop strategy, share industry insights and solve problems on a daily basis are the driving force of RingCentral’s success, and are major contributors to the expansion of unified communications in general. In this series of posts, we’re talking to our own leaders to get insights into the challenges and solutions of the telecommunication industry.
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Working life: indulging on Medium

I participate in discussions on Medium about work, life, and finding a balance.

Make ‘collaborate’ a verb again

I started working with this bloke recently. Interesting bloke. Thespian. Good at accents. Very engaging, good at making you feel listened to. Always looking out for the value in people and in ideas. Speaking up to share and join in, not just to be heard. The kind of person it’s good to be on a team with. The bloke’s name is Andy Gillies. He came in to lead a team of Business Development Reps (first line sales guys). Let me call them BDRs.

Leaving home…and arriving in the office

It’s not the cubicle walls I miss, nor the shared catering facilities or the controversial central heating and aircon systems — it’s the smaller points of contact. The sharing of frustration when the morning traffic is bad, or the communal celebration when an ice cream van stops right outside the office. The impromptu discussions that provide surprising insights into what colleagues are working on or finding challenging.

Travel blogs

I used to write blogposts about travel for the Easytobook blog. Easytobook was like Booking.com, but smaller and more orange.

Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce magazine 'In Business'

Some articles I wrote for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce magazine In Business to promote undergraduate work placement projects and Foundation Degrees to local businesses. My colleague and I won the regional 'Shell STEP Agent of the Year' award for our delivery of the Shell STEP placement programme in Derbyshire.

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