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Opening up

I'm the first black person in the role. They're very ambitious about addressing inequality.

Who knew?

It was a realtively high level of difficulty and exposure and I used everything. I used my eyebrows!"

Competitive spirit

Lots of people love the underdog story but I love seeing somebody really at the top of their game.

What gets me through

People know what they want. They know what they should do.

Quiet advice

It's energising to speak to somebody who hasn't been beaten down and just wants to deliver for their community. We can still do amazing things.

Friday night dinner

Kids from council estates don't get the opportunity to play music growing up.

Really impressed

He was such a charismatic guy and he had that great ability to connect.

I’ll let you into a secret

What's missing is residents realising what we could do - I don't think we appreciate the arts enough.

A social thing

The pressure has been phenomenal. All leaders will be in the same position.

Still learning

We're planning a sabbatical next year and doing a three-month cycle tour from Dallas to Vancouver.