Tell us a little bit about yourself – your work background, your interests…
I’ve only been in post for a short amount of time, although I have worked for the Council in various roles for the last 10 years now! My main priorities in my current role are sales and marketing for our leisure services, which includes our leisure centres and our development teams working in sports, health and physical activity development. This is a new type of role for me, and an exciting, challenging one, but also a good opportunity to try and make a difference and support our leisure offer to communities.
Making a difference has driven my career to date, and specifically helping communities to provide better sports and physical activities to young people. I was a young person who benefitted hugely from the support and guidance of volunteers in sports clubs and I am passionate about trying to help others provide a similar thing. The friendships, skills, experiences, opportunities and achievements that sport gave me really shaped me as a person. It is these experiences that through working in sports development I have tried to enhance and improve for other people.
I have been lucky enough to find a type of role that I really enjoy and I think this makes a big difference to your working life!
Away from work I now enjoy a wide variety of other activities and often try to find mountains to climb in Europe on my road bike! Travel is important to me and I think that exploring the UK and further afield is a good way to relax and experience different cultures, scenery, food and people.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
In Iceland I ate a sea snail that looked distinctly un-appealing….funnily enough it didn’t taste that great either!
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
It would have to be an ipod, a phone with the best 4G connection ever made for internet access and a really, really long book. I’d also sneak some sun tan lotion on as a luxury item somehow – as a sun worshiper I’m not sure how long I’d last out in the tropical sun for days on end!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I sky-dived in New Zealand after promising both parents that I wouldn’t do anything so stupid! With my dad being a pilot for most of his life his philosophy on the subject was that only someone verging on insanity would actually jump out of a plane! However the experience was absolutely incredible and seeing the world from so high was pretty surreal.
I would encourage anyone considering it to just do it!
What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council?
The flexibility in my role, working with nine centres and many different people, means that every day is different. Problem solving, coming up with new ideas to different issues and making them work is really rewarding especially when you see, hear or experience a successful result. Often our successes in Leisure are people who we have helped to achieve fitness or health goals or simply people we’ve introduced into a sport or activity that has had a really positive impact on their life.