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 of new turnover). 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, 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.
  • 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 Uni. From 2017 – 2019, I managed NZ’s largest circus school, and then from 2019 I became a co-chair of 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, so 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 other 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 or was memorable looking back.

I list them here for primarily my own reference.

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

One comment

  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.

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