Content OD Club – our monthly lunch and chat series

We are always looking for new ways to learn and as a team, we get a lot out of coming together and sharing ideas. We’ve started to take this a step further by inviting someone from outside the company to join us in the office every month for lunch and a chat. It’s a chance for us to get away from our desks and hear from someone who either does something completely different or who can bring a fresh perspective to what we do.

The aim of these sessions is for everyone to pick up new knowledge away from what we know. We hope to begin to build a wider appreciation of the challenges and opportunities faced by other organisations. And as we bring what we learn into our day-to-day work, hopefully our guest will walk away feeling the same.

Guests so far


Matt Dean, CEO of Zest, an award-winning community enterprise based in Sheffield. The conversation covered a broad range of subjects, from the funding process to the effects of Brexit. We loved hearing about what Zest do and the services they provide, and Matt’s passion for the organisation’s work was infectious. Please do check Zest out online and pay them a visit.


Tony Middleton, Executive Headteacher for Heritage Park and Holgate Meadows schools in Sheffield. As usual the conversation covered a huge range of subjects, including some excellent anecdotes from Tony’s early days as a teacher. We heard about the challenges faced by schools with funding being cut and the innovative methods to solve these issues. Tony’s schools have developed their own transport hub, buying minibuses and training drivers for less than their original budget allowed.


Tim Bottrill one of Sheffield's most respected and well known commercial agents came into to talk to us about his business Colloco and the shape of Sheffield commercial development, both past and present. Tim is heavily involved in Sheffield Chamber of Commerce – chairing its property forum, SPARC. He is also one of the founders Sheffield Property Association and sits on its board.

Come for lunch?

We are on the lookout for people to come and join us for lunch over the next few months. Sound good to you? If so, you can email to get in touch and we’ll get something in the diary.