Summer 2016

Spotlight on a team member - Luke Dickinson

What or who inspires you to get out of bed every morning?

Whether you love your job or not, the fact that most of us spend the vast majority of our time at work means it’s even more important to squeeze out every second of the day you can for yourself. It’s this that drives me to get out of bed every morning. It certainly isn’t an outlook on life I’ve always had, particularly during my hearty care free student days when I considered getting up after 10am an integral part of my learning process.

What is your favourite thing about your role at CAF?

Problem solving and everything that it entails is probably my favourite thing at CAF. For me it satisfies the creative spark, that I think we all have in some way and it also means I can work with the different teams within CAF, that are full of great people. I am incredibly fortunate that as a Client Manager I get to work closely with some of the largest, most advanced and sophisticated organisations in the UK (in some cases the world), supporting them in the delivery of their socially responsible programmes.

Potential and existing CAF clients often approach us with new ideas and ways of working. Being able to deliver a solution that enables them to realise these objectives is incredibly gratifying. Not only that, but it’s interesting to get an insight into each client’s unique perception of social responsibility, and their differing needs – all helping keep my job interesting.

Where’s the most interesting place you have travelled to?

It’s not incredibly original but I’d probably have to say New York; there’s nowhere really quite like it. Sure the odd bar is eye wateringly expensive (even by London standards) and yes there’s literally a Starbucks on every corner, but it really doesn’t matter.

If your idea of interesting is a vibrant, 24 hour city, where you can fill each day with fun and delicious adventures without ever doing the same thing twice, where customer service isn’t a pipe dream and $2 pizza slices are as big as a human torso, then you should definitely check it out.

Who would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s a tricky one - I’m certainly not the greatest cook so I’d probably keep it pretty exclusive: 


Sir Alex Ferguson:
As an avid life long Manchester United fan he has to be the first name on the list. Hired in the year and month of my birth, he has won every trophy and accolade it’s possible to win in football.


Arnold Schwarzenegger:
 I have a passion for sport and read a lot of autobiographies - few stand out like Schwarzenegger’s. Seven times (and youngest ever) Mr Olympia, one of the highest grossing film stars of all time, Red Cross Ambassador and the first foreign political leader in American history.


Alexander the Great:
As an avid historian I have to have a big historical figure and they don’t come much bigger than Alexander. Tutored by Aristotle, he conquered most of the known world; he must have a story or two to share.


Karl Marx:
 I studied Politics at University and trying to wrap my head around Marx’s theories about society, economics and politics was something I was never truly able to do. Hopefully the man himself could help me out.


Ronda Rousey: 
It’s a pretty testosterone fuelled table so it needs a woman who can handle herself! More importantly, she certainly wouldn’t be outshone: Ronda Rousey has done as much as any woman in the history of women’s sport to further its popular cause. In 2015 she became the first ever female pay-per view main event attraction in history. There were six all male fights on her under-card and I can assure you not one of them complained.


Don Draper:
I can already envisage the scene, surrounded by all these great people Don sits there, slowly sipping his Old Fashioned, casting the occasional knowing glance and wry smile, inevitably without saying a word he becomes the most fascinating man in the room.

What corporate responsibility trends do you see emerging?

Unquestionably one of the biggest trends I have seen emerge and develop over the past year is social mobility. At its core social mobility is about enabling the movement of individuals within or between social strata in a society, and changing their overall social status which is predominantly based on occupation, income and wealth.

In particular, within the professional services sector social mobility has permeated beyond the realms of CSR, impacting the very fabric of day-to-day operations including recruitment, regional and head office locations and the advancement of the living wage.

Many of our clients lead the way in work experience and apprentice schemes, devoting more resources than ever before to educational sponsorship and scholarship programmes and encouraging their employees to actively engage with local schools through a variety of volunteering programmes.

Luke specifically looks after our Professional Services sector clients so if you’re in one of these sectors and would like to find out more about how we can help you to achieve your CSR ambitions please get in touch by emailing corporate@cafonline.org

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