Jack Preston, Virgin

Jack Preston


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Past articles by Jack:

Channel the power of Enough to live life better

Throughout our Live Life Better Spotlight series we’re focusing on how we can all become happier and healthier in 2019 through stimulating our senses. For many people the activities they participate in and the places they visit determine what their senses ultimately experience, especially when it comes to exercise. From the music you listen to in that spin class or jog around the park to the… → Read More

Quiz: what happened at Virgin in 2018?

Take our 2018 quiz below to see how much you know about what the Virgin companies and Richard Branson have been up to over the last 12 months. → Read More

Lift the ban: why people seeking asylum should have the right to work

He’s soon to find out whether or not he’ll be forced to return to his birth country - a place where he says he would not be safe. In this latest episode of the Breaking Barriers podcast we listened in as Teem spoke to British fashion entrepreneur Ade Hassan who has numerous awards under her belt - including Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year, the UK’s favourite British designer and the small… → Read More

Using art to increase understanding of those around us

Understanding empathy, as well as the thoughts and experiences of those from different walks of life, is a crucial skill for any leader. Here Kris Nelson explains the thought process behind the works and artists chosen by LIFT for the day, as well as why everyone can benefit from learning to see things from someone else’s perspective. → Read More

The workplace barriers presented by the disability perception gap

Aisling Gill-Dougherty is a 23 year old Politics and International Relations student at the University of Reading. She also happens to have Cerebral Palsy. In this episode we listen in as Aisling meets Josh Krichefski, the Chief Executive of Media Com UK, part of one of the biggest advertising agencies in the world. Aisling is accompanied by Sarah Knott who is one of Aisling’s personal… → Read More

The problem with "hiring people on merit"

The unemployment rate for BAME people of working age is nearly double that of white British groups, according to UK government research released last year. While shocking, this statistic will not come as a surprise to many with biases - both conscious and unconscious - built into so many of Britain’s industries, businesses and employment practices. On the latest episode of the Breaking Barriers… → Read More

Scale your start-up with Virgin Atlantic in Manchester this week

Tomorrow sees Virgin Atlantic bring another instalment of their Screw It Just Do It : Startup & Scale event series to Manchester, with a host of top entrepreneurs on hand to offer up advice to local businesses. Ex-Dragon’s Den star and Manchester University’s very own Piers Linney will once again be in attendance for a group panel discussion alongside Cemal Ezel of Change Please, Jamie Laing… → Read More

Breaking Barriers podcast

Nicky Priest, is an aspiring theatre actor who lives with Asperger syndrome and describes himself as having an Autism Spectrum Condition. Jacqui O’Hanlon is the Director of Education at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here we listen in as the pair meet at the prestigious Hippodrome Theatre in Birmingham to discuss their shared love of the stage, how important it is for people to see themselves in… → Read More

How Virgin Atlantic is travelling smarter on the ground and in the air

"It has the potential to produce up to 125 million gallons per year in the UK - enough to fuel 100 per cent of Virgin Atlantic’s flights departing Britain. This would result in nearly one million tonnes of CO2 savings per year, equivalent to 2,100 roundtrips flights between London Heathrow and JFK airports." Back on the ground the airline has been busy making a number of other changes this year,… → Read More

Quiz: The fastest and furthest journeys

As human beings we're obsessed with going faster and further than anyone else. People are constantly trying to break World Records and go beyond what anyone else has achieved. But how much do you know about those who have gone faster and further than anyone else on earth? Take our quiz to find out... → Read More

Quiz: the numbers behind the morning commute

But how does your commute compare to the average and most extreme trips into work out there? Take our quiz to find out and read up on how things could be about to change in our Smarter Travel series. → Read More

The Virgin Hotels approach to creating a thriving community

For many people travel is just as much about the journey as it is the end destination, but whatever your view on getting from A to B everyone wants to arrive in a vibrant and welcoming place. With everyone spending so much time on their screens it can be easy to immerse yourself in work emails or social media, even when you’re out on the road. So how do Virgin Hotels encourage chance encounters… → Read More

Virgin Australia celebrate AFL Grand Final with huge giveaway

The airline celebrated the occasion with their biggest ever seat upgrade, giving away over 500 flights to Los Angeles in the process. Take a look below to see which section of the MCG got lucky on the day. → Read More

Digital Mums on how to beat the career break penalty

Here Digital Mums co-founder, Nikki Cochrane, explains how they help tackle the problem and offers up tips for any mothers looking to get back into employment. → Read More

Virgin Hyperloop One heads for Dubai

Next up the team are heading to Dubai to open up their first office outside the US, with aims of providing an additional one per cent of GDP to the UAE region. To find out more watch the below report from CNN. → Read More

Jobs of the week

Do you have drive and enthusiasm with a can do attitude? Are you looking for a step into Learning & Development and to progress your career? Virgin Active are looking for a Learning & Development coordinator to provide end-to-end Red Hot administration support for the department. Duties include delivering heartfelt service by meeting and greeting delegates, new starters and external… → Read More

Devin Dawson appears behind the red door

Take a watch below and if you'd like to learn a little more about the Virgin Hotels approach to live music and creativity then just check out our Creative Matters Spotlight series. → Read More

Experience life inside Virgin Atlantic’s Premium cabin

Allow the airline to give you a guided tour. From priority boarding to the Wander Wall, the Premium cabin comes with plenty of personal space to relax, stretch out and unwind. → Read More

Sofar Sounds founder Rafe Offer talks music and mindfulness

As Rafe Offer explains, people have been gathering together in rooms to listen to music for centuries. However the ritual has been somewhat disturbed in recent years with mobile technology, sanitised venues and the pace of life all impacting upon the way many people traditionally consume live music. Here Rafe explains how his company, Sofar Sounds, has been able to create a global music… → Read More

How Alice Skinner became an art activist

Throughout this Spotlight series, Creative Matters, we're assessing the power of art, music and film to impact change in wider society. To help us in this exploration we have enlisted the help of illustrator Alice Skinner, who has taken the reins as Virgin's first Artist in Residence, supplying much of the creative you see throughout the series. Here Alice explains how she became an art activist… → Read More