As a result, I've decided to leave my current employer and change tacks (slightly) on my career. Today I 'm very happy to say that I've accepted an offer to join Readify as one of their senior consultants and will be starting with them shortly.
For those who don't know who Readify are, they are a specialist consulting firm focused on technical readiness around Microsoft technologies. In other words they help get companies and people prepared for the adoption of new technologies such as .NET 3.0, MOSS 2007 and so forth.
Readify has a large number of MVP's on board, run a "virtual office" where people who aren't on client sites are working from home, and have a great and genuine belief in the need to keep developing their staff. I know it sounds like an ad (sorry) but if you're interested have a look at the careers page of their web site.
I'm looking forward to the next step and seeing where things lead from here. It should be fun.