Random Roles

Some things about me, you probably won’t find of interest:

A descriptive sample about the randomness of my life so far..

  • I have an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng hons) from Cardiff University, and used to be a member of the IMechE.
  • In my highest paid (short term) job, I was earning £1,000 per day, working part-time as a salesperson for a government funded training program delivered through a private training company. Making on average just 10 phone calls a day, in around six weeks I earned £35,000 in commission (at 10% commission for £350,000 of new business). Unfortunately it was just a limited short term contract at the end of a trial Government program, but it was great for my bank balance at the time.
  • Whilst working for Microsoft for 9 months (from late 2008), at one of the European head offices in Reading, UK, I had a larger office than the UK Managing Director. My job there was predominantly to teach Microsoft employees, press, and clients, how to use the latest Microsoft Windows, in a sample home environment. My job between the 30 minute presentations, was to watch TV, play computer games, and surf the internet, to help encourage more passing tours.
  • I’ve self taught myself to write extensive legal contracts, and have also brought more than 10 court cases against people who owed me or my close friends money. I’ve not lost yet, but I am still waiting for some of the payments.
  • I’ve successfully taught professional stress management techniques to mental health doctors working with the NHS (and of course lots of other clients).
  • I have diplomas in Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy (gained in 1998), and have hypnotised over 1,000 clients, later focussing in teaching people self-hypnosis.
  • I was one of the first members of CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), for my work as a professional senior massage therapist (from 1996 onwards). I’ve personally given over 10,000 massage treatments.
  • I trained in advanced Kinesiology with the late John Logue, and you may still see me in the training videos.
  • I’ve been a Reiki teacher since the early 2000’s (after more than 5 years as a Reiki practitioner)
  • I’ve been a member of the British Mountaineering Council, and a trained Mountain Leader, up to the snow line.
  • I once ran up a mountain near Queenstown (and back down again), just for fun. Loosing around a stone (6kg) in weight in just 3 hours.
  • I can juggle balls, clubs, rings and other random objects, and used to run a juggling club at University in the ’90s. From 2017 – 2019, I managed NZ’s largest circus school, and then from 2019 – 2022 I was a co-chair on the board of Trustees.
  • I was once a well known pole dance photographer.
  • I trained in four different forms of martial arts.
  • I was once a trustee of the National Nightline charity, after becoming the National Coordinator in 1999 whilst at University.
  • I’ve worked as a doorman in both North London and Cardiff.
  • At 19 years old (in 1996), I backpacked solo, around New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia, on my way back to the UK during my gap year / big OE.
  • In November 1995, I tried to walk solo across the UK, following the original Ridgeway path from Lyme Regis to East Anglia. Unfortunately after 50 miles in fewer hours, at the beginning of November (8 hours of sunshine a day), with my feet, shoulders and back bleeding, I postponed the completion.
  • My step brother is an internationally famous professional golfer who beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup.
  • My late maternal great grandmother used to babysit Tom Jones.
  • I don’t drink alcohol, smoke, nor do drugs.
  • I’ve been an egg free vegetarian (for a variety of reasons), from around 1997 onwards. In 2020 I finally realised my body was allergic to milk too, so I’m now vegan.
  • From 2017 onwards, I typically only eat two regular sized meals a day (breakfast & lunch)
  • I can see Auras.

My roles and job titles:

For a bit of a random list on the various other titles I’ve held over the years (both professionally and honourably), I put the following list together for my own reference. Other people seemed to find interesting to read too, hence publishing them here. These are generally in reverse chronological order, but if you have any queries about any single one of these roles, do let me know and I can explain more (what, when, why, for who, etc.).

Obviously I don’t profess to be an expert in these. I know so many people who do far more in every single area. But enjoy learning, and these are typically titles/roles I’ve been repeatedly paid for (either part-time or full-time), been trained to a professional level, or something I’d participated in for a long time that I generally enjoyed, was memorable and/or significant looking back.

I list them here for primarily my own reference.

  1. Welder
  2. Set & Props Tutor
  3. Shibari performer
  4. Workshop manager
  5. Health & Safety specialist
  6. Hero props maker / fabricator
  7. General Manager of a circus school
  8. Rigger / Entertainment Rigger / Rope Access Technician / Rigging Inspector
  9. Movie prop maker
  10. General handyperson
  11. Dockmaster
  12. Electrician’s assistant
  13. EST (Electrical Service Technician)
  14. EAS (Electrical Appliance Serviceperson)
  15. Lighting assistant
  16. Art Department assistant
  17. Data wrangler
  18. Unit Stills photographer
  19. Art nude / life drawing model
  20. Barista (coffee, not law)
  21. Double Glazing Fitter
  22. Yacht Racer / Sailor
  23. Media Manager
  24. Victualler
  25. Sail Maker / Repairer
  26. Presenter
  27. Acting / Singing / Dance student
  28. Refrigeration Engineer
  29. Restaurant Manager
  30. Bar Owner / Licence Holder
  31. Hotelier
  32. Housekeeper
  33. Artistic Rigger
  34. Board Game Developer
  35. Minibus Driver
  36. DofE Award Leader
  37. National Representative on International Conference
  38. Mountain Leader
  39. Civil Servant
  40. Database Developer
  41. Storeroom Manager
  42. Envelope Stuffer
  43. Administrator
  44. Co-director of a pole dance school
  45. Fell Runner
  46. Diver (scuba, high board, and a little free diving)
  47. Paraglider (Club Pilot)
  48. Contractor
  49. Sub-Contractor
  50. Consultant
  51. Employer
  52. Business Manager
  53. Business Director
  54. Job Interviewer
  55. Recruitment Advisor
  56. Kitchen Surveyor
  57. Call Handler
  58. Telesales
  59. Sales Director
  60. Audience Member
  61. TV Guest
  62. Radio Guest
  63. Plasterer
  64. Presiding Officer (local and national elections)
  65. Poll Clerk
  66. Postman
  67. Waiter
  68. Receptionist
  69. Chef
  70. Cook
  71. Painter & Decorator
  72. Carpenter / Joiner
  73. Electrician
  74. Plumber
  75. Listener
  76. Self-Hypnosis Trainer
  77. Pole Dance Photographer
  78. Photographer
  79. Speaker
  80. Social Secretary
  81. Educational Coordinator
  82. Ts & Cs Writer
  83. Copywriter
  84. Book Keeper
  85. Corporate Trainer
  86. HR Manager
  87. Stress Management Trainer / Instructor
  88. Programmer
  89. Web Developer
  90. Graphic Designer
  91. Web Designer
  92. Microsoft Presenter
  93. IT Specialist / Technical Support
  94. Business Telecoms & WiFi Specialist
  95. Power Tools Specialist
  96. Gardening Equipment Specialist
  97. Printer Specialist
  98. Sales Assistant
  99. Regional Supervisor
  100. Event Manager
  101. Team Leader
  102. Promotional Worker
  103. Adult Literacy and Numeracy Teacher
  104. College Lecturer
  105. National Charity Trustee
  106. Graphologist
  107. Kinesiologist
  108. Massage Therapist
  109. Stage Hypnotist
  110. Recruitment Consultant
  111. Door-to-door salesman
  112. Hypnotherapist
  113. Complementary Therapist
  114. Reiki Teacher
  115. Filing / Archive Manager
  116. Reiki Practitioner
  117. Engineer
  118. Juggler
  119. Labourer
  120. Plasterer’s Mate
  121. Assistant Kitchen Fitter
  122. Palmist
  123. Caterer
  124. National Helpline Coordinator
  125. Local Helpline Coordinator
  126. Telephone Helpline Volunteer
  127. Fire Marshall
  128. Student Warden
  129. Barman (The Happy Barman)
  130. Security Guard
  131. Doorman
  132. Backpacker
  133. Set Designer
  134. Assistant Outdoor Pursuits Instructor
  135. First Aider
  136. Assistant Hostel Director
  137. Handyman
  138. Fruit and Veg guy
  139. Laundryman
  140. Outdoor Pursuits Equipment Repair and Maintenance
  141. Caretaker’s Assistant
  142. Maths Assistant Tutor
  143. Librarians Assistant
  144. Craft Technician
  145. Science Technician
  146. Martial Artist
  147. Cleaner (hazardous waste, blood, vomit, etc.)
  148. Glass Collector
  149. Pilot (gliders and powered aircraft)
  150. N.C.O. (non commissioned officer)
  151. Trolly Boy
  152. Cashier
  153. Pet Food Specialist
  154. Shelf Stacker
  155. Drummer
  156. Fantasia Hopper Hygiene Specialist (a.k.a. a ‘pick and mix’ dispenser cleaner)
  157. News Delivery Agent
  158. Choir Boy
  159. Maypole dancer

One response to “Random Roles”

  1. Some great credentials on display. I am a firm believer in the positive results gained through hypnotherapy. It must be a gratifying job to be able to help so many people with their fears, stresses and phobias.