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Brief Encounter with Trevor Seeley

Originally Published 21 November 2003

Trevor joined the University recently as a member of the Communications Office. He has spent the majority of his career working in Public Relations in the electricity industry. His last position at National Grid was as Head of Community Investment.

Position
Community Relations Manager

Which means
This is a new role, which involves raising the profile of the University, and understanding of its achievements, among local and regional stakeholders. There are already many links between the University and its local community, but I will be responsible for co-ordinating these and maximising their value.

Favourite phrase
Friends and colleagues tell me that I often start a conversation with “With the greatest respect, ………”. And they say that I always use this introduction when I am about to say something highly critical!

Life before Warwick
University of Reading; long career in the electricity industry (culminating in senior PR roles with National Grid); Communications Manager with the conservation charity The Wildlife Trusts

Best thing about working at Warwick
The fantastic Autumn colours in the trees

Worst thing about working at Warwick
Working out which committee does what

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but...
I was featured in the autobiography of legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird

As a young child what did you want to be as a "grown-up"?
A surgeon – I had open heart surgery when I was 6, and so I wanted to repay the debt I felt I owed to the National Health Service

Your all-time favourite record or piece of music?
Carmina Burana, because as a kid I sung it as part of a thousand voice choir, and it was amazingly powerful (now it features in many TV adverts).

Your favourite hobby or pastime?
Watching sport, especially if England are playing, and playing golf (poorly)