It's not that you fall, it's how you rise
Ian Tibbetts is a Chemical  Engineer who had spent nearly 30 years with Air Products  including European management positions in Brussels. With no natural opportunities on the horizon internally, he and his wife took a bold step to a remote part of Scotland.

hw_a09_3‘If a new start is on the agenda, why not make a new start somewhere you want to live? Place was a strong component in my case. the safe option was to look for a role in operations management in the chemical industry in Belgium, ideally linked to the environment or renewable energy to match my personal convictions. the adventurous option was to look for a role in a place where I wanted to live (S. France, Cornwall, Scotland) that involved man management and public service – something for the community rather than for anonymous shareholders.

Essentially the kind of opportunities I was looking for revolved around what I loved doing in the previous 10 to 20 years…managing people. the technical aspects of my job had become less important.

After a few months’ exploration and varying success, I came across an opening with the Royal Mail, as Delivery Operations Manager, based in Oban, managing the day-to-day delivery and collection of mail for the Argyll and Islands region – nearly 200 people in total. The learning curve has been huge but I relished the challenge and have never once doubted that it was the right thing to do.
And why Oban? Well in 1993, my Belgian wife and I were married in the Abbey on the Isle of Iona which is accessed via Oban. We’d been coming back to the area each year since – we love it.

And finally, there was one phrase that kept me going during all of this – ‘it’s not that you fall, it’s how you rise’ that matters.’

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