24th September 2019 Written by Skills for Health

Image: Adam Causon.“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.” - Lee Lacocca

This is very true of our Executive Director Adam Causon. Take a few minutes from your day to discover why...




  • What experiences led you to work for WD Trust?

I was attracted to the organisation for several reasons, however the key reason being the organisation was created to benefit the sectors we work in. As a not for profit organisation The Workforce Development Trust takes up a unique space in the markets we operate in, we often find ourselves competing with large private sector organisation, from software houses to Consultancy firms.

I started with the organisation almost 12 years ago, working my way up through the finance team to the role I undertake today. This has enabled me to see the company through the different stages of its development and helped me to gain a greater understanding of various roles and responsibilities, and the impact they have. As the business model has changed the organisation has increased its focus to help our customers identify problems and provide value adding solutions. As a relatively small organisation, the contribution each and every employee play is vital, and without their contribution we could not have achieved the great things we have over years.

Having come into the organisation as a chartered management accountant, my initial focus was on the numbers and figures, this granular detail gave me a very good grounding into the construct of our complex organisation. I quickly discovered that the figures were a consequence of other activity and my curiosity and thirst for learning drove me to understand this activity and this enabled me to become a key business partner for colleagues. This curiosity for knowledge and understanding has taken me to the leadership team where I continue to develop and better support the organisation in its strategic objectives and drive a people centred culture.

  • What does an average day look like for you?

Very diverse! I’ve got a wide varying portfolio, from Finance and Corporate Services through to Business Development and Marketing. So, my day-to-day activities can vary hugely, one commonality throughout is people. I work with a lot of different people on different projects, so it’s rare I’m isolated. Luckily, I really enjoy this element of my role, so the interactions comes naturally to me.

An average week can include board meetings discussing strategy, operation planning meetings with various teams through to policy review and update. Due to the variety and workload it is essential that I plan and prioritise appropriately to ensure I meet the business targets.

  • What do you enjoy most about your job?

Problem solving. Whether its working with clients, internal teams, or any other stakeholders ultimately we are trying to find a solution, and for me the art of the process and getting a successful result is most satisfying. Most of these solutions require various levels of expertise, and that’s why it is vital we take a collaborative approach and work as team of experts to find a solution. That is why it is essential to attract and retain the right people for the right roles, and create an environment here where those people can flourish. For me it is a privilege to work for The Workforce Development Trust, and I would like others to feel so to.

  • What upcoming projects are you working on?

We are currently in planning mode, which means we are working hard to develop our business plan for next year and our three year strategic plan. Its really hard to get this bit right at the moment because everything changes almost on a daily basis – interest rates, government policy, business opportunities, staffing etc. So what we are trying to do is create roadmaps across the organisation setting a general direction of travel for success.

  • In a perfect world…

We would have more time! There is never enough of it, both personally and at work. So it is important to use it wisely and enjoy it.

I live with my wife, two children and Shih Tzu in Gloucestershire and I often need more family time too, along with time to go to the gym to burn off the Bristol office cakes, and maybe even watch Spurs on the TV.

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