Tell us a bit more about what your role involves.
The role was created in October last year with two key remits in mind. Firstly, I work directly with students to support and encourage them with their musical ideas and help make them a reality. Then I work with the local community to identify performance opportunities for our students, not just at The Edge, but across campus and in the heart of the city. We're keen to have more of a student presence artistically in Bath, so I’m building relationships and meeting lots of people to find new ways for students to get performing.
Can you name one thing that makes you feel proud to work at the University of Bath?
Being part of The Edge team. It's amazing that a non-arts University has such an incredible arts venue. I'm proud to play my part in this new role. Even though it's a bit daunting, it's also very exciting that I get to really contribute to the artistic life on campus.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Famously, I used to go around saying, “when I grow up, I either want to be a hairdresser, or an archaeologist.” If I’m being honest a little bit of me still wants to be a hairdresser or an archaeologist!
What's the one thing you know now that you wish you'd known when you were younger?
That you don't have to choose one career. When you’re younger you think that you grow up, you go to university and then you become a teacher, or a lawyer or a doctor and that is what you do for the rest of your life. My mum was a teacher and my dad was an accountant, so that linear path made sense, although at the same time I didn’t know what I wanted to be! I trained as a teacher, but I didn't become a teacher, and that's okay. I've known people who've had wildly different careers and are much happier for it. One of my friends used to translate books and now she’s a bike mechanic and loves it!
If you could start your own dream business, what would it be?
It would definitely be something musical. I did a music degree and when I graduated I worked in the education team for an orchestra and then at the Royal Academy of Music, focussing on widening participation. I’d love to run my own organisation with a similar ethos, bringing music to as many people as possible in a therapeutic and fun way. Some musicians are already doing inspiring work in this space, taking music to all sorts of people and building their confidence, as well as communication and teamwork skills. Over the years I've seen how much music can help people, from projects with deaf kids, to TV’s Gareth Malone going into prisons. Music has the power to help everyone.
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I'm not a big hot weather person. Give me a good English summer camping on the south coast of Devon and I'm happy as Larry. My partner is from Devon, near Burgh Island, so we tend to go down there. The scenery is beautiful, it’s by the sea and there’s nice pubs.
What's your favourite book or album?
My favourite book is Lord of the Rings. I read it for the first time in my early twenties and it just blew my mind, I fell in love with it. Whenever the real world gets too crazy, I open Lord of the Rings and everything is okay - it's my safe place!
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive who would it be and why?
I’m quite into history, so I’ve chosen someone historical: Anne of Cleves. She’s famously Henry VIII wife who didn't get her head cut off. They had a quick marriage, followed by a quick divorce, and yet they remained friends. She must have been incredibly politically savvy, not only to keep herself alive, but she also continued to live a luxurious life in a house he bought her. People rarely talk about her, but I think she's fascinating. I would love to ask her how she navigated this ridiculous man and all his dealings.
Which one superpower would you like to possess?
Teleportation, especially now I've got kids. We live in Bristol, which is near my partner's family, but not very near mine. It would be great to just snap my fingers and be like “ta da! we’re here with your nana!”
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I once sang onstage at the O2 in London with Barbara Streisand!