Andrew Middleton, Founder
I began work as a tea maker and filing clerk in a travel agency over 40 years ago. I was bright eyed and bushy tailed, and my lack of qualifications and direction didn’t phase me. I was getting paid and no longer at school, I was happy.
Since then I have had what HR departments like to call a portfolio career, working in many different roles and industries. But one thing common to every one position I held was helping people reach their goals and objectives.
I have been lucky enough to work all over the world and became adept at spotting when a company or industry was in decline, and in turn was able to present a different path to change the fate of the doomed. Recognising my talent for creating strategies that helped prevent problems and create opportunities, I shaped my career around it.
I became a commercial corporate technologist and then went into management consultancy, before finding a passion for non-profit organisations. In 40 years I have never once been unemployed while enjoying the variety of working with corporate, small businesses, charities and VIP’s.
I found myself in my mid-fifties creating a plan to maintain my income while using my experience and skills. My father and grandfather didn’t retire, so I have never seen what conventional retirement looks like up close.
To assess my fate, I used the talent that had served me so well in helping companies avoid pitfalls. I quickly realised that I would need to create a strategy which was based not only on building my own skill set but also having the confidence to shout about it.
The challenges for those 50+ are huge, we not only have covert and overt ageism to contend with but our own changing personal and financial needs and expectations.
INDY is designed to help everyone remain useful, profitable and successful while showing the world that INDY’s have unique and valuable gifts which can be of use to everyone.