When were you happiest?
When my wife smiles.
How did you fill your days before you stepping into HRF’s world?
I worked as a journalist before HRF, and most of my time was spent either writing or travelling. I reported on events, interviewed celebrities and wrote far too much. So much that I am typing right now without looking at the keyboard.
What project first got you involved in HRF, and why HRF over other charities?
I heard about HRF when I reported on them for a newspaper. I interviewed a member of the fundraising team who had flown back from an aid mission.
Little did he know that I would be working with him 1 year later...
... he left shortly afterwards.
But HRF is special because of the work it does. It delivers the results that people want to see after donating. People can even go out to see this work themselves as part of the deployment programme. Here they will see that we seriously “walk the walk”. This is what makes HRF special.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to dig up dinosaurs growing up. I remember spending much of my school breaks searching for dinosaur bones buried underneath the trees.
What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had whilst working with HRF, or life in general?
I’ve had many unusual experiences throughout life. I’ve stroked a cheetah, I’ve been pulled in for “random” questioning at the airport, I’ve been caught in the middle of a far-right rally, I’ve got lost up a mountain, I’ve investigated haunted houses and seen things I still can’t explain.
I like the unusual. It makes life interesting.
What is your typical day as a marketing officer?
My typical day is busy to say the least and I have to be ready for the unexpected. I could be creating a campaign leaflet, designing a brochure, but plans often shift as the day unfolds. I could be writing an important email when I remember it’s time for the obligatory morning tea-round.
If you had the power to fix any of the world’s problems (and let’s face it there are many), where would you start, and why?
I would lock world leaders in a cupboard and tell them they can’t come out until issues are addressed. If all fails, I’m calling in the aliens.
What‘s been the best moment of your career to date?
The best moment you ask? I played a zombie in the Great Zombie Run of 2017. A unique charity event I organised in Bradford; participants had to run the course while zombies tried to grab their velcro straps. Believe it or not, the zombies were so realistic that some residents called the police after hearing screams.