Support Trevor’s Long Walk (100km) to Exmouth


Trevor MerridenWe wanted to let you know that our Head of Collaborative Learning, Trevor Merriden, along with 20 cricketing Dads from St Albans, Herts, is walking 100km from Weymouth to Exmouth for charity.

Trevor and his merry band from the Garden Fields Cricket Club – also known as “Men of Fields”, or MoF for short – are a collection of Dads who play friendly evening matches of 20 overs against similar Dad teams within the St Albans area.  MoF are described as “gentlemen, proper players and the rest are, well let’s just say. ‘useful chaps'”!

great-ormond-streetThey’re raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children’s Charity in memory of Maisie Ryan of Garden Fields JMI School. All their children attend this school – and when Maisie died suddenly, aged 6 last year, they wanted to do something to honour her memory. So with the support of her parents, we came up with the idea of the walk.

Over the years the Men of Fields have  raised money for charity by undertaking challenges such as the L2B bike ride, Cycling to Devon from St Albans and walked the circumference of the Isle of Wight.

When they heard of the tragic loss of little Maisie they came up with this idea – a long-distance 100km walk (60+ miles in old money) from Weymouth to Exmouth starting tomorrow 23 June and finishing on Sunday 25 June. They’ve had a fantastic response so far and have raised over £11K, but there’s still time to support MoF:


Their target is £20,000 so they still need your help. Please find it in your heart to give a little (or a lot if you want) for a great cause!

Long Walk update

We got an update on Wednesday 28 June from our ‘Man in the field’, Trevor:

“The final brave man crossed the line at about 8.30pm on Monday (26 June) night – broken but alive (just) after 3 days, 65 miles (over 100km) and just under 9,000 ft of climbing – and descending again (think Ben Nevis twice and then some).

To say it was tough was somewhat of an understatement – it was brutal – and your generous sponsorship has been well and truly earned! However lots of laughs and stories – never a dull moment – and, of course, lots of blisters. Thanks to everyone who has already made a donation!”

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Please donate and share the Just Giving link with others on your social media channel of choice. And if you’d like to follow Trevor’s progress before, during and after the walk, you could ‘like’ the Garden Fields CC Facebook Page or follow them on Twitter: @GFcricketclub

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Careers and Cocktails on 19 June


We’re delighted to announce that Anne Fulton the creator of the CareerCENTRE™ is in London next week for a small dinner ‘Careers and Cocktails’, that we are running on Monday 19 June at the Delaunay, 55 Aldwych WC2B 4BB.

Anne Fulton, the CEO of Fuel50, will be visiting from the US and on the 19th she plans to talk about the CareerCENTRE™, this powerful career management and career pathing tool and provide her insights, based on their clients’ recent experience.


Anne is an occupational psychologist, expert in career management and employee engagement as well as an entrepreneur. She originates from New Zealand, though currently lives in California and is also a very keen marathon runner.

As CEO and founder of Fuel50 she spends all her time spreading the gospel of why organisations should invest in career management in order to facilitate employee engagement.

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What did you learn at Learning at Work Week?


This year’s Learning at Work Week (LAWW) seemed more low key than previous years. Maybe the election is distracting all those journalists who write about careers and the world of work.

Learning-at-Work-Week-Curious-Creative I did deliver two very well attended sessions at Disney in Hammersmith as part of their events for LAWW. I really enjoy these sessions. I am fascinated by the fact that most people give so little thought to their career despite the amount of time they spend working over their lifetime. It is so pleasurable to help people get an insight into their values and talents.

Here’s a couple of tweets and pics taken on the day by our Business Development Executive, Hannah Moran

I was disappointed that LAWW didn’t generate much publicity. Most people need help when it comes to planning their career. Employers via LAWW can create awareness amongst their people and particularly their responsibility to take the time to understand what is important and what it is they like doing and are consequently good at. Knowing what is important and what it is we like doing is essential for job satisfaction.

There is nothing worse than that Sunday evening feeling of dreading the return to work on Monday morning. I believe everyone can have job satisfaction and career success.  You just need to spend the time to understand yourself.

Career Ladders AppSelf-investment is critical for long-term employability. Employability is all about having skills and knowledge the marketplace is buying both now and more importantly in the future. Sadly, all too often, we think just working hard and doing the best job we can will preserve our employment status. There is no UK employer that can guarantee you a job for life.  It is essential you take the time to self-invest. Ask yourself. have you been appreciating as an asset?

At the point of setting up 10Eighty, I created an App, a game of Snakes and Ladders which in effect audits how well you are presently managing your career. There are 8 simple questions. Answer the question correctly, you go up a ladder; answer incorrectly, you go down the snake. Following each question you get a personalised career tip on what you need to do to ensure you maintain employability.

This app is free at both the App Store and on Google Play. Just type in 10Eighty Careers Ladder.  Please take the time to answer the questions and reflect on the answers.  Responsibility for managing your career rests with you and you alone.  The upside is job satisfaction and career success.

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We’re sponsoring the HR Excellence Awards 2017


We’re very pleased to let you know that we’re sponsoring the HR Excellence Awards 2017.


In previous years we’ve supported the Rising Star and Young Talent categories, but in 2017, as we did in 2016, we’re supporting the HR Future Leader of the Year category.

The award recognises game-changing HR directors of the future and is open to any HR practitioner below HR director level, the rising stars who have already made a big impact on their organisations.

This year Rachel Kent, Senior HR Advisor at Shakespeare Martineau and Steve Othen, Head of HR at REC have their names in the frame as HR Future Leader of 2017. Good luck Rachel and Steve!


The HR Excellence Awards ceremony is “renowned as THE night in the HR calendar, attracting the UK’s most talented HR individuals, teams and companies.” In addition the event provides an opportunity to network with over 600 fellow HR professionals and learn about the strategies that raise the profile of HR.

‘HR future leader of the year’ and ‘Best global HR strategy’ are the two new categories that ensure the Awards “represent the increasingly international nature of business while not forgetting the grassroots of HR.”

The HR Excellence Awards judging panel comprises top HR directors and CEOs from a range of organisations and only the very best in HR get shortlisted.

Book your place

This gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 22nd Annual HR Excellence Awards is taking place on Tuesday 27 June, at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Ticket prices includes champagne on arrival overlooking London’s stunning Hyde Park, an excellent three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in HR.

Click here to book your ticket

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MD 10Eighty Cymru Toby asks ‘What is employee engagement anyway?’


Toby TownrowWe wanted to let you know that our recently appointed MD 10Eighty Cymru, Toby Townrow, will be providing some answers to the question ‘What is employee engagement anyway?’ on Wednesday 21 June 2017  between 8 and 10am at Village Hotel, Swansea organised by the Wales HR Network.

Here’s what the Network has to say about the event on their website:

“With Employee Engagement being such a hot topic within every HR Team, Toby Townrow, Managing Director of 10Eighty Cymru’s discusses what employee engagement really means, and Bluestone Resorts Limited HR Director, Debbie Rainbow takes us through the journey her team has taken, and continues to do so, to achieve the highly commended IiP Gold standard.

Book your place today

If you would like to attend the event, just visit the Wales HR Network, and for just £20 + VAT you can secure your place and take part in what promises to be an absorbing event with some excellent networking opportunities too.


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10Eighty is 5 and we’re still top of the world!


On Wednesday (3 May) we celebrated our 5th birthday at Skyloft, located on the 28th Floor of Millbank Tower and offering guests stunning (if slighty misty that evening), vistas down the Thames towards London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral.


Around 100 guests attended this year, a similar tally to last year’s bash. We quaffed flowing red and white wine and non-alcoholic beverages, providing a perfect complement to the tasty canapes passed around by Skyloft’s attentive staff.


  • marinated chicken skewer with sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • pulled pork brioche bun with gherkins and smoky barbeque sauce
  • sesame-seared tuna with mango and coriander salsa served on a spoon
  • goat’s cheese lollipop with red pepper gel and popping candy


Half way through proceedings CEO Michael delivered one of his typically high energy speeches and everyone sang “Happy Birthday 10Eighty”… and we have video evidence too:

As 9pm approached guests picked up their party bag and began to drift back to terra firma… and another successful and engaging 10Eighty event came to end.


Here’s our 5th birthday cake, tweeted on the evening

The night time views were particularly memorable…

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The 1st Big HR Breakfast at Rove Downtown Hotel on 9 May

We’re delighted to announce that the inaugural Big HR Breakfast is taking place on Tuesday 9 May at Room DOW 1&2 of Rove Downtown Hotel, Downtown Dubai.

Over the last few weeks Julie Nicol, Head of Mackenzie Jones HR Practice, has been extending invitations to the first HR Big Breakfast event which will be hosted by Joan O’Connor, 10Eighty’s Head of Leadership Development.


The aim of the Big HR Breakfast series is simple: to offer our senior HR network a chance to meet, engage and learn from each other in an informal and dynamic setting.  For this first Big HR Breakfast the topic will be ‘Having difficult conversations using a strengths-based approach’.

Joan has 13 years executive coaching experience and 20 years as a People and Organisation Development practitioner across private and public sectors within the UK, UAE and internationally and she delivered a number of projects in senior team effectiveness, developing high performing teams and organisational transformation.


7.00am – Breakfast & Registration
7.30am – 9.00am – Presentation & Discussion
9.30am – Networking

Please note, this Big HR Breakfast event is by invitation only.

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Happy Birthday to Us


10Eighty is five years old. Which seems a good moment to pause and celebrate, we’ve come a long way, had a lot of fun and we never stop learning, we love to learn.

In our first five years we’ve worked with a lot of smart, interesting people on a lot of challenging assignments and exciting opportunities. We’ve run some great programmes, provided some excellent training courses, helped a number of clients find new roles and did some great work coaching and mentoring. Alongside that our staff and associates did some challenging voluntary work, raised money for charity and pursued their studies. We like to keep busy.

Our name 10Eighty reflects the employee distribution curve, made up of three groups in a typical organisation:

  • 10% of highly talented individuals – we believe we can help you identify, attract and retain key talent;
  • 80% of employees are the bedrock of the business – we will increase their engagement and in return, your organisation’s profitability and effectiveness;
  • 10% of employees who are leaving the organisation for a variety of reasons including re-structuring, retirement, redundancy and poor performance – we can help you effect successful transitions.


Challenge, change and culture

At 10Eighty we believe that when we learn to approach challenges as opportunities, it means that we build optimism, self-confidence and open mindedness, work becomes an adventure and we look forward to whatever comes next. We focus on a strengths-based approach to getting the best from people in order to improve employee engagement as well as organisational profitability and customer satisfaction.

Employee engagement is a key area where we do a lot of work around organisational development and culture change, building values-based leadership development programmes so that managers learn to foster the behaviours needed to deliver on organisational objectives aligned to values and purpose.

The economic climate means organisations need to be increasingly flexible, agile and adaptable; organisational change is continuous so leadership and quality people management skills are critical.

Facing the future

The workforce and the workplace are changing and competitive organisations need to harness the ability to network and collaborate if they are to be successful. Technology, globalisation, changing demographics and expectations about work and reward are driving innovative new ways of working and 10Eighty are proud to help their clients build organisations that are fit to face the future.

At 10Eighty we believe in sharing knowledge and expertise, over the years we’ve produced a number of white papers on a range of subjects including creativity, career agility, career engagement, employee retention and values in the context of employee engagement. Please take a look at our current white papers and download any that catch your eye.

We’re not just looking back over the past five years we’re looking forward to a great future. 10Eighty may have started small but we’re planning big and seeking out opportunities to build, collaborate and learn. Happy birthday to us!

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Save Time Save Money Save Stress in Bristol

Save Time Save Money Save Stress

Save Time Save Money Save StressIf this phrase seems familiar that’s probably because we told about a ‘Save Time, Save Money, Save Stress’ event that took place in London earlier in the year on 1 February.

We’re pleased to let you know that the next ‘Save Time, Save Money, Save Stress’ national Workplace Mediation event is taking place on Wednesday 28 June 2017 in Bristol.

The inaugural CMC Workplace Mediation event in February was a sell-out success thanks to the contributions of high-calibre speakers with unique experiences to share.

Partnering with Restorative Bristol, speakers for the June date in Bristol are drawn from: Tesco Stores, Acas, Shaw Healthcare, Sheffield University, Newham College, Squire Patton Boggs, Royal College of Nursing and Restorative Bristol. Speaker sessions will include:

  • Understanding the barriers to implementing mediation
  • Raising awareness of workplace mediation amongst staff
  • Encouraging management participation
  • Unsuccessful mediations – turning refusal or failure to your advantage
  • Proactively addressing workplace disputes
  • The role of mediation in future employment litigation
  • A popular interactive session, with audience polling looking at workplace conflict

Book your place today

Just click this link to get your ticket for the Bristol event in June.

If you can’t attend the Bristol event, that’s not a problem. You can also book now for the next regional event in the West Midlands on Thursday 19 October 2017.

Download the flyer for the event, which includes links for booking tickets at the Bristol and West Midlands events.

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10Eighty Cymru is open for business

Toby Townrow 10Eighty CymruThe Welsh branch of 10Eighty opened on 1 March 2017 when we appointed a new Managing Director for 10Eighty Cymru, Toby Townrow. Toby was raised in Monmouth, has lived and worked extensively across South and West Wales and now resides in Cardiff. He told us:

“I’m really excited to be launching 10Eighty Cymru – I firmly believe that Employee Engagement is vital to ensure that the productivity needs of the future are met. Wales has an acknowledged knowledge gap and I know that 10Eighty Cymru can help bridge it as the country look to take advantage of new city region deals, the introduction of the Wales Development Bank, the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and a number of other initiatives over the next ten years.”

Trusted advisor status

CareerCENTRE-10EightyThe 10Eighty Cymru offering mirrors our approach of seeking trusted advisor status. We really want to understand our Welsh clients’ business and competitive environment and truly add value.

Supporting our talent and career development offering we have the CareerCENTRE™, leading edge software that enables organisations to improve implement and manage career development initiatives resulting in increased employee engagement.

Secondly, we provide Strengthscope™ one of the world’s top strengths assessment tools at helping individuals, teams and organisations build greater awareness of their strengths and how these can be used to optimise performance and engagement at work.

Finally we are running a suite of training courses accredited with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), which will provide us with the ability to award recognised UK qualifications for our learning.

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Developing our regional reach

Michael Moran, 10Eighty’s CEO said:

“I am delighted to announce the launch of 10Eighty Cymru. The appointment of Toby Townrow represents another significant development in the growth of the 10Eighty brand. We know there are many opportunities in the Welsh economy and we are really looking forward to working with both private and public sector employers to increase employee engagement.”

Get in touch

10Eighty’s Welsh offices are located at Sophia House, 28 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff, CF11 9LJ

Find out more

If you are interested in learning more about 10Eighty Cymru and our approach to career and talent management please call 07966 665660

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Team 10Eighty take on their 5th JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

JG Morgan Corporate Challenge 2017

We wanted to let you know that we’re taking part in the 2017 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge ® in Battersea Park on Wednesday 5 July.

Regular readers will know that this has been an annual fixture in the 10Eighty calendar and will be our 5th year – here’s how we fared when we took part in 20162015, 2014 and 2013.


This year’s event promises to be a “better than ever celebration of corporate teamwork, camaraderie and community.” Taking part are 6 Team 10Eighty members will be running (or walking) 5.6 km around the picturesque riverside park : CEO Michael, Operations Manager Sarah, Finance Director Nick, Business Development lead Emma, and first timer Toby who’s our new Managing Director Wales/Cymru.

Sarah is our ‘Company Captain’ so she’ll be responsible for orientation, race bibs, branded T-shirts and making sure everyone provides essential info prior to the run. Head of Leadership Development Joan will kindly be looking after our belongings whilst the race is taking place and Hannah and Liz will be watching from the sidelines this year but have every intention to take part in 2018.

JG Morgan Corporate Challenge 2017 The Corporate Challenge® is a platform to promote health and fitness in the workplace, show commitment to the community and best environmental practices too.

Tees for everyone

Everyone who completes the race gets a 2017 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge® t-shirt, so look out for a post in July with the team modelling their newly acquired attire. And we’ll share individual timings for each Team 10Eighty runner.

The Corporate Challenge® strives to make a difference through a donation to a not-for-profit organization in each host city (a similar event is run in 12 other cities across the globe), and through initiatives designed to make Corporate Challenge® the world’s greenest road race.

Join the run using #JPMCC

We’ll be sharing our pics and thoughts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #JPMCC.

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Now We Are Five: Our 5th birthday party is on May 3


We wanted to let you know that our 5th birthday celebrations are imminent and are taking place on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at Skyloft which is located on the 28th floor of the Millbank Tower offering stunning views across the Thames.


And if you think it doesn’t seem like a year since our 4th Birthday celebrations… you’d be right! Last year’s festivities, also held at Skyloft, took place on 29 June 2016.

The event is by invitation only, attendees will hear by email over the next week or so and we hope if you receive an invite that you can join us for yet another milestone in the 10Eighty story – a half-decade of “working hard, doing good and having fun along the way”.

For some instant nostalgia, here’s a few photos from last year’s bash:




We look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues in May  for our biggest celebration yet!

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International Happiness to the rescue


Happy International Happiness Day!  Today, 20 March 2017 is International Happiness Day, a United Nations global celebration coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

The campaign believes that people are now recognising that ‘progress’ should be about increasing human happiness and wellbeing, not just growing the economy. Because of this growing interest, many governments, communities and organisations are using happiness data, and the results of subjective well-being research, to enable policies that support better lives.International-Day-of-Happiness

Happiness as a fundamental goal

When we think about human happiness, economists tend to emphasise the role of personal income; libertarians espouse personal freedom and autonomy; sociologists talk of social capital and trust in society; and political scientists look to constitutional order and control of corruption. Yet none of these disciplines do justice to the concept of happiness

In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”.

At 10Eighty our motto is “work hard, do good and along the way have fun”. We firmly believe that the smart way to organise your career is to play to your strengths and if you find a role you love and it won’t even seem like working.

A workplace where people love their work and are calm, stress-free and happy is more likely to be productive. Laughter brings people together; we like to be with those who are having fun. Creativity, agility and flexibility are key to organisational success and a fun workplace is more productive, so it attracts people and profits.

Taking happiness seriously

Beyond a basic point, increasing economic growth loses the ability to lift happiness levels but there is a lot we can all do to make the world a better place.

Happiness is creative, proactive and constructive and is a state best achieved when shared. When you contribute to the happiness of those around you, you improve your own chances of happiness.

At a workplace level it may sound unfair, or even unprofessional, but it is nicer to work with people who are happy, likeable, positive, enthusiastic, and energetic. It is at least in part a function of our intention to be collaborative, appreciative, positive and self-aware.

Famously Bhutan measures the Gross National Happiness of their population. Traditional economic theory measures growth but doesn’t really look very hard at what is being grown. If you ask people what really matters to them and offer them alternatives such as family, spirituality, pleasure, responsibility, generosity, material wealth and career you will materialism ranking at the bottom of the list and family at the top. We know what makes us happy but that doesn’t necessarily stop the chase after money, power and status.

We can’t legislate for happiness but we can provide the conditions that help the growth of happiness. In the workplace this would mean an organisational culture that values and promotes, inter alia, trust, openness, collaboration, fairness and diversity.

The Action for Happiness pledge is: “I will try to create more happiness in the world around me”.

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Strengthscope® certified by British Psychological Society


We’re delighted to announce that Strengthscope® has become the first strengths assessment to achieve Registered Test Status with the UK’s British Psychological Society (BPS), which means it is the only strengths assessment in the world to achieve this highly prestigious status, obtained only after rigorous testing for reliability, validity and ‘fitness for purpose’.BPS standards are based on European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) guidelines, which are recognised as a global gold standard. The BPS has confirmed that Strengthscope®:

  • Measures the 24 strengths in the model reliably over time
  • Predicts high performance at work
  • Measures what energises and motivates people at work in order to help them discover areas where they can achieve peak performance and high engagement (in this sense, Strengthscope® differs from traditional personality measures that help to explain behaviour and preferences).

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In addition, recent independent studies, including one by City University London¹, have shown that Strengthscope® is both a valid and reliable measure of work-based strengths and other studies show that the assessment measures strengths without bias across gender, age and ethnic group.

Dr Paul Brewerton, Joint Managing Director of Strengths Partnership and co-creator of Strengthscope®, said: “We’re delighted to have been recognised by the British Psychological Society. Achieving this ‘gold standard’ means that our customers can be certain that the assessment measures employees’ work-based strengths and energies fairly and precisely wherever they are in the world, and that Strengthscope® accurately predicts and activates peak performance at work.”

Strengthscope® was developed in the UK 10 years ago by Strengths Partnership founders Dr Paul Brewerton and James Brook, and is used by a wide range of organisations globally to energise peak performance at work. The cloud-based strengths profiling system powers employee development programmes for many leading brands including Sainsbury’s, EE, BT, PhotoBox, Channel 4, BOC and Genentech.

10Eighty has been partnering for several years with the Strengths Partnership.

¹External validation study of the Strengthscope® psychometric tool, Ashley Whitefoot & Dr. Antonio Pangallo, 2016

Learn more

If you would like to find out how Strengthscope® could help your organisation get the best out of your employees and boost business performance click here for more information or get in touch.

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Have you seen our new team page?


We recently updated Our Team page and wanted to make a bit of a song and dance about it!

Out are the purple-dyed pics. In are full colour photos, many of them taken at our Associates Day which we held at the end of November 2016. You can find everyone’s LinkedIn profile when your mouse hovers over their profile photo, then click on an individual photo to discover Team 10Eighty’s in-work and out-of-work passions.

10Eighty-Our-Team-Page-2017 As you probably know, at 10Eighty we’re big fans of the work-life balance, detailed in a few of our blogposts including The work-life balance trick and Work hard but maintain your work-life balance. The opening sentences of the latter blog nicely sums it up:

At 10Eighty our motto is “work hard, do good and along the way have fun”. We think that if you love what you do it often doesn’t really feel like work, and it is mostly fun. 

We certainly enjoy our work and the various disciplines we’re involved in have kept 10Eighty in shipshape shape for nearly 5 years now, but did you know that…

Nick LawsonNick Lawson (pictured) our Finance Director is also part of a Barbershop Quartet/Octet that perform in the Surrey area…

Hannah Moran, our Business Development Executive equally loves to race around Brands Hatch or cycle in her local park…

Joan O'ConnorSarah Jamodu, our Operations Manager is handy with a paper-cutting knife…

Joan O’Connor (pictured) our Head of Leadership Development adores amethysts, which had a big influence on 10Eighty’s branding…

Douglas Reynolds, our IT Translator is a St John’s Ambulance regular and fan of 80s electro-pop.

Find out more

For more information about the extensive experience of Team 10Eighty and some more interesting factoids head to Our Team page

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