When did you join the Board of Tees Valley Arts?
2 March 2016.
What interests and excites you about Tees Valley Arts?
TVA has given me an opportunity to be involved with an organisation that seeks to provide support and guidance to others who are less fortunate than me.
What do you love about Teesside?
It’s people generally but especially friends and family. It is home. Beautiful landscape, both industrial and rural.
When you were a child what did you want to be?
A Lollipop Man – I liked the hours.
What is your earliest memory?
Running away from home with my little sister. We reached the garden gate before changing our minds – we realised that we had no money.
What is your most treasured possession?
Boro shirt signed by Juninho.
What is the worst job you’ve ever done?
In the summer of 1988, I dressed up as a chicken and handed out flyers to passers-by outside KFC in Sydney, Australia. It was 42°. I lost 61bs (and my dignity).
What has been your biggest disappointment in life?
Failing the aptitude test for the position of lollipop man. I thought the sign ‘Slow Children’ meant kids with learning difficulties.
Who is your favourite artist (any artform)?
Frank Sinatra. Fortunate enough to see him in concert in Sydney. (He wasn’t dressed as a chicken.)
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Sometimes you just have to get on with it.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
My dad. He’s 87 and enjoys every day.
If resources were no object, what project or activity would you most like to see Tees Valley Arts undertake?
To promote a live concert at the Riverside Stadium to celebrate MFC winning the Champions League.