60 seconds with …. Andy Winter

The Brighton Argus asked me to answer some questions about myself.  It was incredibly hard to do.  Ask me to write 400 words and I will knock them out in 30 minutes.  But this?  I found it so difficult.  Anyway, this is what I said (published in the Argus on 29th August 2016):

60 Seconds with Andy Winter

Andy Winter has worked for the housing and homelessness charity Brighton Housing Trust since 1985 and has been its chief executive since 2003.

What is your favourite place in Sussex?

At the County Ground in 2003 on the day Sussex CCC won the County Championship for the first time

At the County Ground in 2003 on the day Sussex CCC won the County Championship for the first time

The County Ground on a warm early evening in late June, watching Sussex CCC. It would be even better if they were to win more than occasionally.

What do you love most about living in Sussex?

The variety – the people, the sea, the countryside, the City of Brighton and Hove. Have I mentioned Sussex CCC?

What advice do you have for your 12-year-old self?

The twelve year old - already a lifelong affliction to Stoke City

The twelve year old – already a lifelong affliction to Stoke City

Decide what you believe in, and change your mind when the facts tell you to. Also, don’t support Stoke City FC – it will lead to lifelong misery.

What is your most valued possession?

My family would say my iPad. It is true, I am lost without it. But it is also provides access to things I do value: my photos, my writing, and my family history archives.

What is your biggest regret?

Mary Berry - no soggy bottoms here, thank you

Mary Berry – no soggy bottoms here, thank you

Being lazy, and not achieving everything I should have, not least in athletics. Today I regret not reading enough, not exercising enough, and not becoming the new Mary Berry (I can’t bake!).

What is your biggest fear?

Something terrible happening to my daughter, Clare, or others who are close to my heart.

What is your proudest achievement?

I have two. The first is an achievement shared with my wife – seeing Clare grow up into an impressive and lovely young woman.  The second is having played a part with many brilliant colleagues in making Brighton Housing Trust what it is, and thereby helping to improve the lives of several thousand people each year.

Which five people (living or dead) would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

My family including my much missed mum, but if I was forced to socialise more widely, I would choose the following: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man of great courage and faith who I once met, to say Grace and to make me laugh; Emily Wilding Davison, a militant suffragette and martyr, who was about as popular beyond her cause as Jeremy Corbyn is today beyond his; Tony Benn, a most charming man who was a walking encyclopaedia of twentieth century politics; Mary Berry, but only if she brings some diabetic Lemon Drizzle Cake and makes references to soggy bottoms; and Adele to provide the after dinner entertainment.

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