What did you want to be growing up?
For the longest time in primary school, I wanted to be an ambulance driver – not even a paramedic, I’d like to add! Just the guy who drove the ambulance. That then turned into an Olympic diver. It changed so many times during my school years that I can’t really remember what I wanted to be. But doing art, design and being creative were always hobbies.
I’ve always been a very inclusive person, and have been a member of the Scout Association for about 15 years. So teamwork, loyalty, integrity and all the other great attributes the Scouts offer have been a big part of my life since I can remember. My parents are teachers, so doing well in school was important, but I wasn’t forced into thinking that academic subjects were more important than the creative ones. I tried the lot: music, art, product design, photography, craft and design.
How (if at all) is the subject you studied useful to your current role?
I still study digital design, so it’s focused on creating websites, mobile apps, user experience and user interaction. Motion graphics has been a small part of the course, it’s more of a skill that just needs to be practised. My course has taught me how to come up with ideas more than teaching us practical skills that might soon become outdated. I think being an ideas person is invaluable.