What is your role at Paisley Park?
I am the Paisley Park Ranger! So my job is to “ride in” and make sure things are generally running smoothly across the business. New centre development, strategic planning, marketing, developing and improving our internal systems and processes, as well as taking care of legal and financial operations keeps me very busy.
What do you love most about being part of the Paisley Park team?
Having fun together at work and seeing people develop to their potential, and being involved with that journey. The sense of achievement that comes with leading and developing people and taking them to the highest level in our field is very rewarding. The outcome, which is the provision of exceptional care and education to many children, is extremely satisfying. As they said in the Lego Movie, everything is awesome when you’re part of a team!
I hear that you are Prince’s number one fan. Tell us a little more about that
Yes that is indeed true. I have been a fan since the late 70’s, and apart from having all his released material, I have a massive collection of live and rare recordings – almost everything available that is Prince! Apart from loving his music, I have admired him as someone who always did things his way on his terms, and constantly challenged boundaries and himself. I have tried to live a lot of my life the same way, and that influence permeates everything we do at Paisley Park ELC
What are your hobbies?
Music, movies and reading – I love books. Books feed the brain, music the soul, and movies let you escape for a while
Do you have any pets? What are they and what are their names?
Ah yes! Two whippets, Blu and Abby, and a temperamental Indian Ring-necked Parrot – Sheldon. If you want awesome guard dogs, don’t get a whippet. Lazy, loveable like no other dog, and total cowards!
What is your favourite food?
I love all food, except seafood. I just love it, a bit too much I think sometimes. But if I had to pick one thing it would be vegemite. I grew up a vegemite kid. In fact, I had vegemite sandwiches 4 days a week (Tuesday to Friday), every week, from Year 3 at school through to Year 12 (there was no fresh bread on Monday back then).
What’s the last song you sang out loud?
Sometimes It Snows In April (yes by Prince). One of his most moving and beautiful ballads, which will always bring a tear to the eye. D’Angelo did an amazing rendition which is on Youtube as a tribute. I did sing Paisley Park in the crowd at one of his last concerts here in February, which in retrospect I was so lucky to have witnessed given his untimely death
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I have always been drawn to Tibet, as I sense a strong spirituality there and want to experience that and the history and culture there
Action packed or relaxing holiday?
Both, depending on the mood. Sometimes after a hectic period at work, there is nothing better than kicking back beside a pool with a book and a great view. Other times I like to take the road less travelled and get immersed in the culture and people of interesting places
Who is your biggest hero?
My grandfather. As a survivor of the holocaust, he was never resentful and was always optimistic and grateful of what he had. Both humble and resilient, he understood family was everything
What is your favourite book?
Given I have read so many books over the years that is very hard, but 3 stand out that I would definitely recommend – Kane & Able by Jeffrey Archer is simply amazing fiction, New York by Edward Rutherfurd which is historical fiction but traces the actual history of New York since inception and is extremely interesting, and Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, which is an amazing biography about an incredible human being
If you were stranded on an island what are the three things that you would take with you?
My iPod, a pair of budgie smugglers and my sense of humour