As Delib continues to grow, we are delighted to welcome new staff into the fold. We caught up with our newest recruit and talked about some of the most important issues of the digital age – i.e. biscuits.
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Hello! My name is Dani. I was born in Kent but was lucky enough to live on the West coast (aka the Best Coast) of Canada for nearly 10 years before moving back to the UK to come to uni here. I lived in Canterbury and Southampton before settling in Bristol.
2. Favourite band and/or artist?
Honestly, it depends on the day. Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks and Pink Floyd are enduring favourites. Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu and Lianne La Havas have been on heavy rotation this month, and Yes Sir Boss are one of my favourite Bristol bands.
3. Creature of habit or maverick thinker?
Definitely a maverick thinker; my brain is usually whizzing in a thousand directions at once! I find it quite hard to naturally get into habits, so it’s a conscious decision most of the time. Left to my own devices I think I’d probably end up a weird nocturnal creature with no discernible routine. However, much as I like the idea of it, I find it really hard to be spontaneous – I need to have at least a bit of a plan or I’ll panic.
4. You (and, for the sake of keeping it interesting, any spouses/partners/kids/significant others) get mysteriously transported to a desert island, with only time to grab a couple of precious things to take with you. What makes the ‘keep’ list?
Probably a lifetime’s supply of toffee popcorn, my sketchbook, and my bed. I will be comfortable on my desert island, thank you.
5. Biscuits – dunk or leave unsullied?
Dunk – but only in tea, and only for a second. There’s nothing worse than your biscuit breaking and falling in your tea. Do you carry on drinking it, knowing that at any moment you might get a mouthful of grainy mush? Or do you admit defeat and pour your cuppa down the sink? Either option is a terrible time.
6. Before joining Delib, how did you put bread on the table?
I’ve done loads of wildly different jobs – probably most notable are my time at Bristol City Council and working in the film & TV industry.
7. Why did you want to join Delib?
For quite some time, and up until very recently, I had been pushing in a totally different direction career-wise. I had convinced myself that it was my only option, but in doing so lost sight of what actually made me feel happy and fulfilled. I finally made the decision to change tracks last summer (which was terrifying, because I didn’t have much of a plan and, as mentioned above, that is not a situation I enjoy) and made sure I was strict with myself about the kind of work I put myself forward for: I wanted to be part of a company that did work I was passionate about and that would allow me to use my skills creatively. Delib absolutely ticks both of those boxes; I completely believe in what the company sets out to achieve and I’m excited to have found a role in which I can write for a living. It took a few months of temp jobs and existential panic, but here I am. Also, there’s good coffee, which is a huge bonus.
8. Any shout outs, comments or other musings?
Shout out to all the Delib staff who have been super lovely and welcoming in my first week. Also – shout out to my boyfriend who has had to console me through a lot of CV-related tantrums in the last few months. He is very patient.