Be real. Be you.

Fergal Roche • 22nd December 2020


One of the traits I most admire in people is authenticity. It was well known in my business that any interview candidate who tried to stick to their pre-prepared script would be deliberately made unco…

Doing the Right Thing

Fergal Roche • 6th November 2020


Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t need a lengthy job description for your role but could summarise it entirely by the four words: Do the Right Thing? In my role as chair of a medium sized charity…

Open your eyes, and smell the conflict

Fergal Roche • 4th July 2020


How often in your work have you ended up in a tense state, where the atmosphere seems oppressive? Is that just the normal stresses and strains of living a busy demanding life, or can something be done…

Why I am a happy sadist

Fergal Roche • 23rd June 2020


In a call with a new colleague the other day, I was moderately taken aback when he said that he could see I was quite a sadist. I assumed I hadn’t been listening and asked if he meant a masochist, a…

The Holy Grail of superb science teaching

Fergal Roche • 28th April 2020


I cannot remember a single science lesson I enjoyed at school. The teachers never managed to engage me. Many no doubt assumed I should be looking forward to their lesson on the timetable, but I entere…

What did you do in the war, Daddy…?

Fergal Roche • 16th April 2020


Lessons learnt from the Covid19 crisis…..so far Two of the most difficult times in my career to date left me with scars, to be sure, but they also gave me a strength and a resolve that have serv…

The Industrial Revolution we are witnessing

Fergal Roche • 11th April 2020


It’s going to be fascinating to see how the rapid adaptation in working habits to the exigencies of Covd19 end up creating another industrial revolution. Will the attractions of the metropolis a…