How long have you worked at the Uni? What does your role involve?
I’ve been here for six years now, almost 7. I look after purchasing within AHS, I put all the contracts together looking after the big spend items purchased by AHS. I make sure it is EU compliant and we get the best value for the University.
What would you most like to achieve while at the University?
It would be to try and achieve maximum value for the university to ensure we are spending our money as wisely as possible, so that we can invest more in education and research.
Name one thing that makes you feel proud to work at the University of Bath?
The people. Everyone I’ve met in the university is passionate, driven and has ownership of their work. Everyone seems to be working towards a common goal, and we have pride in that.
What piece of advice would you like to give to a student?
Grasp it with both hands. You’ve got three years before you have to start work and follow the rules. You have three years to learn as much as you can – so just go for it!
What’s the one thing you know now that you wish you’d known when you were younger?
You’re not as daft as you thought you were!
What was your first job?
I had a paper round at 14, delivering papers in the often freezing and wet English climate at 6 o’clock in the morning. I was half asleep most of the time – I don’t remember a lot of it!
If you could start your own dream business, what would it be?
It would be a bookshop. Absolutely. I love books, I love reading, and you could just sit there all day reading and talking about books!
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I love Spain. I’m trying to learn Spanish at the moment so it’s always good to go over there and practice. Spain has a fascinating history, with lots of different regions and different aspects to it. And the food, and the climate, and everything about it I really like!
What’s your favourite book or album and why?
Album – it would be Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ as it was a defining moment in my life. There’s no filler on that album they are all amazing songs, and it took you somewhere different with each one, and by the end of the album you were like “WOW” I didn’t know music could do that. I saw them at Glastonbury last year too, and they were the first band I went to see live when I was 15.
Book wise I really like Dostoyevsky, ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ is one of my favourite books as it captures everything that ever happens in life: the human condition is captured in all its glory from the lowest to the highest points, and it is just a great book.
Which one superpower would you like to possess?
Time Travel. You could go anywhere and see anything… and also just get more stuff done! There is not enough time.
Tell us your favourite joke
Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9.