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Desk of the Week #11

Phil Summers shares his airborne desk of the week with KindredHQ

‘I have what could be politely called a “portfolio career”. Problem is – I don’t really have a desk. I work part time as a GP, do some work as a helicopter flying instructor and do some aviation medicine consultancy type stuff for the armed forces. I’m either “hot-desking” in the surgery or trying to find a quiet corner at the airfield to do some planning. Not having a desk full of clutter is one of the things I love about working part-time. It forces you to pare back to the essentials (as does commuting to jobs by bicycle).

When KindredHQ contacted me I was in GP mode so a shot of my desk would have included a plastic model of the female genital tract and a urine sample. It didn’t take long for us to decide to leave it until a flying day. So here’s a shot that I grabbed from the cockpit a few days later taking a former helicopter student (he’s now got his licence) and a business colleague of his into Stoke Park Golf club for a posh lunch. The conurbation in the background is the town of Slough- so it’s not as glamorous as all that.’

Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

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