Changing Tack by David Mellor


Making the transition from working full-time to semi-retirement


The purpose of this little book is to help people understand the realities of trying to transition from working full-time to achieving genuine semi-retirement.

David Mellor is making this journey himself and wanted to share with other people what it is really like. David has selected 30 lessons that he has learned thus far and tried to balance what he has experienced with observations from 30 other people. David’s key objective is to present the reader with an opportunity to move forward with confidence and “eyes wide open”.

Since 2001, David has developed a portfolio of activities which derive principally from 25 years’ experience in commercial and investment banking with HSBC and Deutsche Bank. His consultancy activities embrace strategic planning and implementation, and mentoring existing and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is a recognised expert in his field, regularly speaking at conferences and running seminars and workshops. He provides one-on-one and group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs, many of whom are aiming to establish themselves as consultants.

He published From Crew to Captain in 2010, written for people making the transition from working for big institutions to working for themselves. He has followed that up by launching From Crew to Captain: A Privateer’s Tale in 2014, which is written for people establishing consultancy practices.

The third book in the trilogy, From Crew to Captain: Commander of the Fleet, was released in November 2015 and addresses the “growing pains” issues faced by successful start-ups. All three books now exist in “bite-size” formats, as A List of Lists: Book One, A List of Lists: Book Two and A List of Lists: Book Three. He is also co-author of FT Publishing’s Inspirational Gamechangers which launched in 2015.

He is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Finance at Cass Business School, where he has run workshops on managing strategic change, entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, leadership, building high performance teams, and sales. In addition, he has acted as course director and provided facilitation and mentoring support to participants in small groups and on a one-to- one basis.

David is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and is a Certified PRISM Brain Mapping Practitioner.


“Semi-retirement may still be a pipe dream but David has created a fun and engaging bible to support reflection and planning. David’s insight will fast track you towards building a successful plan, one where you have considered all options and eventualities. Highly recommended!” Denise McQuaid

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Weight 0.238 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 0.7 cm


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