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Bill was an IT troubleshooter

Some of the most important CEOs in the world saw Bill as one of their most important and loyal workers. Bill aspired to be an NED. He was also a mean cook in his spare time. He came to the Pluralists Club to learn how to reposition himself to win an NED role, and was surprised to find out that with the right approach he could publish a best selling cook book for software developers called "IT's my supper" alongside an NED role and a part time IT consulting position.

Sally was a banker

She was sick of it but was earning too much to throw in the towel. She was surprised that on her first Pluralist Live! day the Club recommended that she should not leave her job - yet! She spent 18 months attending Pluralist Live! days to set herself up for a Pluralist life. She found that, in the meantime, through the networking evenings, she made lots of contacts which helped her win more business for her bank. After 18 months, she transitioned smoothly into her Plural career becoming a working investor in a fast growth business and picking up two Non Executive Directorships in FTSE 250 clients of her former employer.

Who are our Members?

Pluralists come from a wide variety of backgrounds, although there are some common characteristics.

  • An existing successful career in business, professional or academic life
  • An ambition to take charge of their lives and enjoy working and being active for as long as possible
  • Believing they have skills and talents to offer other organisations and people
  • A desire to stay in or return to a working environment, but in a position of authority and with autonomy over their life
  • Avoid the tedium of "retirement"
  • A desire to earn money and/or satisfaction from their Pluralist activities
  • Wanting to build a new network of valuable contacts with whom they connect and can work with 

Typical Pluralists emerge from the following categories

  • Business owners who have exited their business
  • City professionals wishing to escape the rat race
  • People returning to work after a career break, e.g. after Maternity or Paternity leave
  • C-Level corporate executives who have left their companies

 

Penny was a former bond trader

She made millions and then moved into management roles at various banks in the City. Then she retired at 45. She moved to the country and went stir crazy with the slow pace of life. She joined the Pluralists Club to work out what to do next. The Pluralist Live! Days helped her to understand how to position herself and got her back "up to date" with the working world which she had been out of for five years. As a result, she decided to start an information business for the small cap bond markets. Her first customer was Sally's bank (see above). She had met Sally regularly at The Pluralist Club's networking evenings.

Philip was a publisher

He wasn't just any publisher - he was one of the leading magazine publishers of his generation. He fell out with his boss and resigned, vowing never to go back to the publishing industry again. He was suddenly stuck at home in the prime of his life so came to the Pluralists Club to get ideas. Through the Club he learnt how to blend his publishing skills with his own interest in natural therapies and wrote a book on how to run beauty salons more efficiently. As a result he became known as an subject expert and now wins lucrative consultancy contracts advising VCs and investors on which beauty businesses to back. He also accepted an NED position on the board of an AIM quoted FMCG beauty products company which takes up 1-2 days a month.

Our Member journeys

 


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Foundation Pluralists

Foundation Pluralists are honorary members of The Pluralists Club who, from time to time are elected by the existing body of Foundation Pluralists. They have lifetime membership and contribute to the development of The Pluralists Club. They also have the responsibility, along with the organisers and Directors, of ensuring that the Pluralists Club stays up to date and relevant to the membership.

Meet Our Members - Meet Our Members

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