‘So is it very different from being a parish priest?’ Well, yes. Surprisingly so. And only some of that is good news. After all, they aren’t likely to send for you for a pleasant chat when everything is going swimmingly.
One thing I think I wasn’t quite prepared for is how far ahead my diary runs. I catch myself obsessing about a date six months away as if it was next week. And since everyone is trying to fit more in than there is space for, the dates keep shifting a bit. And new things appear which have to be accommodated. I used to think that wise virgins wishing to travel by Easyjet would book early to save money. But actually I have come to the conclusion that they should book a bit later in the day so that they don’t have to make changes!