About Me

My name is Jon Chadwick, Managing Director of Durham Distillery. 

Before I made craft spirits I worked for the Government, and in different roles I saw most of the what the State does from healthcare to prisons, and lots of bits of the civil service.

I am also a miserable twisty faced Nothern malcontent, who hates paperwork and bureaucracy and all that goes with it.  Which is probably why I don’t work for the Government any more.

I started writing a blog to keep my faculties busy, and because I was struck by how different the real economy looks like from an Industrial Estate outside of Durham rather than an office in Whitehall.

Specifically I wanted to talk about why I think that most of the stuff I used to believe about the economy and the world of work were wrong.

The idea was to try and write for 2 years which would span the period from the Brexit vote to actually leaving. Brexit, and this blog turned out to be longer than I expected and I surprised myself that I had more to write about than I thought.

The quizzes came later- the result of an obsession with TV quiz shows, and a brief appearance on Mastermind.

You can contact me on jon.chadwick1@btinternet.com

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“Pansy ass liberal soy boy” MAGAFan2020

Managing Director
Durham Distillery (Feb 2013 – Present)

Project Director
Reap and Sow
2012 – 2013

Head of Commissioning
2009 – 2012

2012 Olympics Programme
Department of Health
2008 – 2009

Commercial Director
Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
2007 – 2008

Project Director
Tees Esk Wear Valley (TEWV) Mental Health Trust
2006 – 2007

Chief Executive
Langbaurgh Primary Care Trust
2002 – 2006

Chief Executive
Langbaurgh Primary Care Group
1999 – 2002

Langbaurgh Coast GP Commissioning Group
1997 – 1999

Contracts Manager
County Durham Training and Enterprise Council
1992 – 1997




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