This week saw the funeral of Paul Chamberlain in Northamptonshire.

Setting up Independent Thinking as a company and a vehicle for Ian Gilbert’s ideas was his idea, along with his wife Sue with whom Ian was teaching at the time.

Apart from their seed capital, Paul and Sue were generous with their time and support to the company in its infancy and to Ian and his family personally.

Through his endlessly patient mentoring and guidance, Paul helped Ian understand not only the mechanics of running a start-up business but also how to do so with integrity and compassion.

Paul and Sue showed that when you get the chance to help somebody else, to give someone their ‘big break’, to help them turn their ideas into reality, it is a chance you take.

Paul’s influence has permeated Independent Thinking for twenty years and we were so pleased that both he and Sue were able to join us for our 20th Birthday Party last year. Here Ian was able to thank them both personally and here too they could get a feel for what the organisation they helped bring to life had become.

We thank them both again now and, Paul, you will be sadly missed.

From all of us at Independent Thinking