Q1. Tell us a little bit about yourself (where you live, what you do, your back story, etc)
I was born and bred in Coventry and returned to live here after my university studies. I have a strong affinity with the city and 'all things Coventry’. I am a very keen Sky Blues fan. I am now retired after having worked for 44 years in education, in schools, for local authorities and running my own consultancy. I love to travel, go walking, enjoy sport and trips to the theatre, museums and places of interest. I have a passion for running and volunteering at local, regional and international events hosted in this country.
Q2. What made you decide to sign up as a City Host?
Achieving the City of Culture 2021 status is a great accolade for the city and presents wonderful opportunities for local residents, communities and visitors alike. There will be some fantastic, vibrant events for people of all ages in which to engage, participate and enjoy. They can gain first-hand experiences that will stimulate their emotions and live in their memories. Having volunteered in the city for many years I want to be part of this great year, to help people access all that is on offer, develop and deepen their awareness, widen horizons and learn. I want to contribute to the group that showcases Coventry in a positive way and helps people to learn about the city, its history, its story, its hopes and aspirations. Primarily, I want it to be a truly memorable year.
Q3. What are you hoping to gain from this experience?
I want to meet people, be part of the team delivering the City of Culture, learn new things, do something different and have lots of fun.
Q4. Anything else you would like to tell us?
I have been a Coventry Ambassador since the organisation began in 2011, to host the City’s contribution to the 2012 Olympics. Together we have delivered a volunteering legacy in the city and have been involved in civic, cultural and sporting events. I have met and worked alongside some really interesting people and had some great experiences and fun. Having been a participant in organised events of all sizes I appreciate the importance of volunteers. Their attitude, interaction, engagement and how they give information enhance the experience for guests.