1. What is your role at indiGO?
Founder & CEO – This means I work closely with the board of trustees focussing on strategy, budget, team coordination and so on. But in reality, as we are a small organisation, you might also find me exploring new projects, working in the field, handing out flyers in London, or attempting to write updates for our social media.
2. Tell us a bit more about you
Despite having a severe inability to plan and commit, I am somehow a very reliable human. I am tongue-tied, which I think gave me some strange power to speak an inordinate amount. I love to play sport, especially netball. I also like to sing, and I love to boogie to what some may describe as cheesy music. I am obsessed with my morning porridge routine which I take very seriously, where I catch up with American politics.
3. What inspired you to be part of Team indiGO?
Like most of us, I struggled to see the suffering in the world and was mortified by the unethical way bigger agencies were making money off people's willingness to come out and volunteer. I considered burying my head in the sand and taking it out on some random people on twitter, but quickly decided to take a slightly more constructive approach; This leads to the building blocks of team indiGO 🙂
4. Tell us an important fact about you!
I can float, as in, actually float on water, with my arms, legs, toes and belly all on the surface. After telling people this, most seem extremely confident that they also have this talent. When put to the test, however, they indeed tend to fail miserably.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Netball, chit-chatting, being on a train or plane and eating out.
6. What is one of your bad habits
I take my job too seriously, I work too hard, I'm too much of a perfectionist 😉
But really, my most common bad habit is the tendency to go off on these rather famous tangents when telling a story. I say too much, speak too fast and the story quickly becomes derailed, with the initial story rarely getting told.
7. Favourite quote/poem/song
I made one up that I use if I find myself in situations that could be seen as stressful. I just ask myself 'is someone going to die right now?'. If the answer is 'no', then i tell myself that there is probably not too much to worry about. It works brilliantly for if the bus is running late, there's an unexpected plot twist in your life, your laptop breaks, and so on.
8. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I can't recall wanting to be anything, probably partly due to my brain being unable to plan for the future. My family always said I was bossy and would make a great teacher.
9. If you had 5 minutes in a room with Donald Trump, Theresa May, Boris Johnson what would you do or say?
I can't tell you what I would do or say, but by the end of it, one of them would be doing an Irish jig naked.
10. After taking the archetype test, what were your top archetypes?
advocate, rebel, explorer