I live in Derby with my two young sons and my border terrier dog Hank. I work in the voluntary and community sector supporting local organisations and charities with their volunteering programmes, governance stuff and much more. I also manage the Citizens’ Eye Derby community reporting project based at Community Action.I am passionate about many things, one of which is volunteering/community activity. I can talk about it all day long. Seriously. I currently volunteer as a school governor, board panel member, and I’m the chair of Annabel’s Angels, a new not-for-profit group set up in memory of my late wife Annabel who died of breast cancer December 2012. The group is raising funds and identifying gaps in service to help support patients, carers and families living with cancer. What do you think are the most important questions we should be asking each other?
What can we do to help less fortunate people in our communities.
What is the epitome of beauty to you?
Watching my boys fall asleep together after a long day
If you had one year to live how would you spend your time?
Doing all the things I’d set out to do.
Got any good jokes you want to share with us?
Why did the orange go the doctors? Because it wasn’t peeling very well (that joke is one I hear every day in my house, courtesy of my youngest 4 yr old boy)What is the meaning of life to you?
Appreciating that you are expendable, you are fragile and that you could die at any moment. Understand this and then treat each day as if it were your last.
What do you think the world would be like if there was no reiligion?
What are the most important social issues that you care about?
Treating people with respect and dignity, regardless of their situation. Poverty is something which is hard to understand in a developed G8 country like our own.
If you could control all of the media for one day what would be reported and why?
Rich human interest stories, particularly about young people. Why/ Well, bad news is reported more often that good news. Disproportionately too.What do you love most about your life?
My childrenWhat have been your highlights of 2013 so far?
Watching my 4 year old ride his bike without stabilisers
What do you feel most grateful for in your life?
Having met my late wife and partner of 19 years, Annabel (died December 2012)If you could be paid to do anything in the world as a job what would it be?
A mountain leader
What does it mean to be a good parent?
It means everything. Putting your children before yourself is important.
If you could go back in time is their anything you would do differently?
In what ways do you think you are affected negatively by capitalism?
I know it’s all around me, but I don’t feel too directly affected by capitalism.
What are the most exciting things that you are looking forward to doing this year and why?
Launching our not for profit group in memory of my late wife Annabel’s Angels
More emphasis on community activity and volunteering
If you were 80 years old sending a letter back in time to your present self what would you say?
Try not to worry too much
If you could send a letter back in time to your 16 year old self what would it say?
Try not to worry too much
In order for you to achieve your dreams what habits would you need to cultivate?
Need to be more self disciplined. Learn to delegate more
If you looked into a crystal ball and saw yourself living your dream life what would you see?
Living with Annabel, touring the world together when the kids are grown up.What inspires you the most and why?
The people I meet in my day job; the people behind voluntary and community groups and the volunteers delivering services across Derby.
What talents, skills, knowledge or experience do you have that could help others?
I listen well, I don’t judge, am comfortable with people, I’m aware of what goes on in communities around Derby through my day job. I’m a good facilitator with a proven track record.
Listening to music. It helps me to relax.
Who is your favourite author, actor, musician, artist, poet, etc, and why?
Tom Waits. He’s a poet, a musician and a bohemian raconteur all in one.
Do you have any good advice on how we can save money and survive these testing times?
Put on a jumper (if you have one). Develop friendships and share resources.
What projects or organisations exist in Derby that you would like to see more people support?