We’re delighted to introduce the ESU’s newest recruit, Thomas Kirkham, Senior Branches and Volunteering Officer, whom we hope many of you will have the chance to meet soon. A former volunteer Special Constable for Leicestershire Constabulary, Thomas understands what makes volunteers tick and will be working closely with branches to provide support, training and to make sure everyone knows how rewarding volunteering can be. Here, he tells us a little more about himself.
What were you doing before you joined the ESU?
For the past five years I have been living and working in Shanghai as an English teacher which was hugely rewarding, and I regard it as my greatest experience to date. I was fortunate to travel around most of Southeast Asia, exploring Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, South Korea, Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand.
What made you want to work for the ESU?
I am proud to say I work for a company that helps young people. I am passionate about the work the ESU does and truly believe it gives young people a great head start for the future.
What do you hope to achieve at the ESU?
I hope to build long-lasting experiences, connections and communities with our volunteers, branches and members. The ESU has a big family and I hope to help support and grow the organisation’s incredible work.
What’s your favourite film?
Gladiator – an all-time classic.
Whom do you admire and why?
My mum – she has always taught me a lot of valuable life lessons. She puts others first and is very family orientated which is something that is close to my heart.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
It has to be Eurovision! Less guiltily, I am also a huge football fan, and spend a lot of my spare time either playing or watching the mighty Arsenal.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being able to consistently create the very best lemon, raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake, and maybe my university degree in criminal investigation.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
Treat others as you like to be treated and always remain positive.