WHO'S WHO: PAUL TURNER, charity fundraiser
PAUL TURNER is the new fundraising and communications director at Highgate-based charity Interact Worldwide - an international sexual and reproductive health and rights group. He was previously head of fundraising at Childline. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST AB
PAUL TURNER is the new fundraising and communications director at Highgate-based charity Interact Worldwide - an international sexual and reproductive health and rights group. He was previously head of fundraising at Childline.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT HIGHGATE?
Well, before I worked here I worked in Docklands, and it is a bit of a desert. Here, there is a thronging high street, you can just go out to the shops or pop out for a coffee. It's nice to be back in the community.
WHAT IS THE WORST THING?
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There's nothing bad about Highgate per say, but I would imagine being on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line could get a tad annoying. It somehow seems to take me 20 minutes to get home to Shadwell, but 40 minutes to get back to Highgate. I don't know what I'm doing - maybe it's up a hill or something.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO WORK HERE?
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It's the job of my dreams. The cause, the actual people it's for and the people I work with, it's just ideal. And it all operates out of a little office in Highgate.
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I'm not a book reader really. The last paper I read was, would you believe it, the Ham&High.
football or cricket?
Seeing how we did in the Ashes - football. Manchester City is my team: the team I chose when I was a child and I stuck with it. I did live there for a while too.
WHERE WAS YOUR LAST HOLIDAY?
I've got one coming up actually, I'm going to Hamburg on Friday. My last holiday was to Malta in October. I went to Malta and Gozo, which is lovely. It was perfect.
if you had to twin highgate with any place in the world, where would that be and why?
I would twin Highgate with Cusco in Peru. It's a Peruvian town in the Andes, and it has a similar community feel to Highgate. Like here, it has a lovely mix of architecture. I have been there five times, the last time in 2002, when I lead a trek from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
IF YOU WERE MAYOR FOR A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I'd have a special Highgate Aids day, so that people would know we are here. I don't think they know we're here at the moment.
IF YOU HAD A MILLION POUNDS TO SPEND IN A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
I think I'd give it away to various charities. I'd support Childline and Interact and research into motor neurons disease. I think I'd take my friends for a really nice dinner first though.