What inspired you to join Chapter?
I was inspired to join Chapter because I wanted to work for an ambitious and forward-thinking mental health charity that has a positive impact on the people it helps and supports. The role also offered me the opportunity to develop and enhance my grant fundraising skills and knowledge, so it was a great fit.
What’s the best bit about your work?
The best thing about my role is working with the fabulous fundraising team at Chapter to develop, write and submit grant applications to a range of marvelous funders. It is a great feeling knowing that our work supports and funds a range of Chapter’s vital services and helps people with their mental health.
Thanks for that. And what’s your own wellbeing ‘go-to’?
I go for a 30-minute walk at least once a day as it helps me to unwind, relax and destress. I love going to see live music and bands whenever I can, as well as visiting museums and art galleries. I also try not to use my laptop on the weekend and do something practical instead. On occasions I might I even bake a cake!
Perfect. Jim tell us something unusual, or unexpected, about you that not many people would know.
I collect prints and books by the artist and printmaker Paul Peter Piech (1920-1996). I am a huge fan of his work and have written several published articles about him for art magazines. I also co-curated a retrospective exhibition of his work at the People’s History Museum in Manchester in 2016/17.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote for life?
‘Every adventure requires a first step’ – Lewis Caroll
What 3 things are you most grateful for?
My health, my family & friends, and a good cup of tea.
Any noteworthy professional associations / qualifications?
I have a first-class BA (Hons) in Art History and a MA with Distinction in Museum Studies, so I am a real art geek..
Lastly. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about contacting Chapter for support?
Chapter is here to help you; you will be supported and not judged. Please take that first step and get in touch.