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30-Second Interview with Catherine Campbell

Updated: Mar 5

The Pelican 30 Second Interview

During the interregnum, we thought we could take an opportunity to get to know some St Giles people a little better, so each month the Pelican will feature a 30-second interview with a member of our congregation, staff or wider community.This month we interviewed Catherine Campbell, who is our Sunday School Leader.


Where is home for you?

I was born and raised in Bermuda, and it will always be home in a lot of ways – however, having lived in London since 2013 (and the UK since 2010) I’ve come to consider myself a native Londoner.


What is your earliest memory?

Probably exploring my back garden in Bermuda, looking for lizards.


What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was six I was totally committed to becoming an entomologist and studying insects. Even though I ultimately decided on a career in law, I still love learning about nature.


What is your favourite time of the year?

Definitely summer – there’s nothing lovelier than a bright warm day.


What is the worst job you’ve done?

Spray-cleaning the open-air aviaries in the Bermuda Aquarium for my middle school’s community service project. I love birds, but the smell was something else.


What is your favourite smell?

Probably the smell directly before and after a thunderstorm or really heavy rain in the summer.

(Definitely not those bird cages!)


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I’m really happy to have come from a small place like Bermuda (65,000 people and 21 square miles) and still been able to find new friendships and a real sense of community in this enormous city. I’m not sure that’s so much an achievement on my part so much as a group effort, but I’m proud of it nonetheless!


When you’re not at work, where would you most like to be?

Usually somewhere outdoors – whether that’s visiting a new city, exploring parts of London I haven’t previously seen, or at a park.


Who would play you in the film of your life?

I’d love it to be Kate McKinnon!


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Being kind costs nothing, but it does pay off.

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