From AM to PM with Ian Browne

By Anita Jaynes on 19 April, 2016

A one day working diary, from rise and shine to lights out.


Every Tuesday we delve into the day-to-day diary of a member of the local business community.  This week we put the spotlight on Ian Browne, business connector for Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.

What time does your alarm go off?

6am sharp. The Today programme kicks in and usually enough incentive to get me up and going.   At weekends, my eight year old (kindly!) obliges with an early morning wake up call.

What’s the first thing you do?

Coffee is the imperative in our half-Italian household. Nothing happens without coffee.

What do you do for lunch?

I’m always on the go between business premises and meeting not-for-profits. I’ve a mental map of where I can grab things on the go wherever I am, but have been known to forget to eat.

What do you love most about your job?

Bringing together fantastic business knowledge, skills and energy to charities, schools and not-for-profits and seeing lives change for the better – my job is a privilege, what’s not to like?

What’s the worst part of the job?

I do this role on a 12 month secondment, so I guess not being here to see everything come to fruition – but I trust everyone to keep things alive.

What executive tool/ gadget could you not live without?

My mobile; it’s my phone, diary, email, twitter, linked in, GPS, messenger, browser, camera and even the stopwatch that keeps Swindon Soup running to time.

What do you do after work?

I’m a family man. We spend a lot of hours with work colleagues and our children grow up so quickly.   Blink and you’ll miss it.

If you changed direction, what would be your Plan B?

As it’s a 12 month secondment I’d invent a time-machine, go back and do this fabulous year all over again – this time even better.

This week marks Business in the Community’s national initiative, Responsible Business Week (18-22 April 2016). There are two events happening locally:

  • The Business Exchange’s Responsible Business Networking event, Wednesday April 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm Click here for more details.
  • Swindon Soup, a crowdfunding event aimed at community projects. Hosted at Excalibur Communications, Thursday April 21, 6-8pm Click here for more details.

To find out more about BITC visit: