Mark Cox, Chief Executive of the Channel Islands Cooperative Society, is in the hot seat today, reflecting on how 2020 has been for him both personally and professionally, his idea of a good Christmas and his hopes for 2021.
How has this year been for you personally?
I ticked off a major bucket list item at the start of the year when I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. I honestly can’t describe what a truly amazing experience it was and one I will never forget.
Then along came Covid-19 and into lockdown…
Losing my routine was hard; the gym was replaced by comfort biscuits, so the waistline has expanded a few inches – coronastone I think they call it!
But the most difficult part has been not being able to see my son who lives in London and the ongoing concern for family, friends, and colleagues.
How has this year been for you professionally?
Ultimately it is has been a very good year. I was promoted to chief executive on a permanent basis, it’s such a privilege to be leading such a unique and diverse community focused business.
My colleagues have been fantastic despite all the challenges surrounding COVID-19. They continue to go above and beyond to serve and protect our members and each other in this very difficult period. I could not be prouder of the team working alongside me.
What’s your ‘hot take’ for 2020?
The pandemic has driven a new sense of community and kindness.
Tell us your hopes for 2021
That people continue to be kind and the sense of localness and community spirit continues to grow and develop.
What would you like to see the States of Jersey/Guernsey focus on first in 2021?
A robust plan that enables our economies to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and that the vaccinations take place so we can all return to a level of normality.
What does a perfect Christmas for you look like?
A relaxing couple of days to unwind with family and friends with lots to eat and drink!
Do you prefer Christmas or New Year?
It’s Christmas for me, no one gets presents at New Year!
What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Miracle on 34th Street deals wonderfully with the Christmas myth surrounding Santa Claus – I believe!
Are you ready for Christmas or do you wait until the last minute to get organised?
I like to think I am organised but I always end up having to do something last minute.
What would you like Santa to leave under the tree for you this year?
I really don’t mind as long as I am not on the naughty list!