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7 Questions with Jonathan Hill

Name: Jonathan Hill

Current title: Managing Director

Current organisation: One Safety Team Group Limited

Having started his career working in the office for a local plumber Jonathan has progressed through the years and has worked for a number of blue chip companies. He is the founder and Managing Director of One Safety Team Group that holds the philosophy of safety and teamwork together.

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1. What have you found most challenging as a board member?

For me having worked at each level below board level I think probably the adjustment to board level and the differences that this brings.

2. How did you become a board member? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I couldn't find a company that was in the industry that shared my philosophy and lived it. So, I decided that as I couldn't find it I would create it.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I structure it around blocks of time. As I remain operational though sometimes this can be interesting. It's not unknown for me to be doing desk based work outside of what could be considered office hours but I do like to factor some reflection time into each day. Asking myself what did I do well, what could I have done better and what would I do differently.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

The best environment to create is one where people can make mistakes without fear. Where they can challenge something and speak up and there concerns will be listened to.

5. What are some of the keys to doing governance well in a organisation?

Openness and transparency. Stress testing as you go.

6. How do you differentiate between the role of board member and the roles of CEO or executive team member of a organisation?

I don't. Everybody has a voice and is given a platform to share their knowledge and experience.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a board member so far?

I was talking once to an Managing Director of a cleaning company and he explained to me about how he still remains operational as it allows him to get in touch with his employees and to have that knowledge guides him. Also, they can see that he will never expect them to do something he himself wouldn't.