Tell us a bit about your background
I have been a marketer for over 20 years, working across multiple sectors and internationally, living and working in Japan, Germany, Canada and the US. I’ve worked with the largest brands, the smallest brands, some of the ones in between and have had success at every level. Financial success is definitely one way to measure it. But success for me is also about who you’ve helped, not just how you’ve helped yourself – what kind of legacy you leave. I’ve done OK so far.
What made you decide to become a Trustee for Hft?
My wife has worked in learning disabilities and complex needs for the past 15 years, so a large chunk of my life has been spent in volunteering and working with people with disabilities. When the opportunity to serve as a Trustee with Hft presented itself, it was never a question. We share the same values and beliefs around care and empowerment. I am honoured to be a part of such a wonderful charity.
What’s your best ‘Hft moment’?
I am quite new to the organisation, so I know there will be many “best” moments. However, my best Hft moment has been experiencing the excitement that a gentleman with dementia experienced when he was able to recall an extremely happy memory he had not spoken of for some time, through the support of his carer. Seeing and hearing him recall that story and what it meant to him will stay with me forever.