Robert Leach

Robert Leach

When I’m not at work I spend my time … mainly with my family. I have 4 children between the ages of 8 and 12. They all love sport and play regularly. Getting 4 kids around to different sporting venues takes up most weekends. They are also involved in loads of other activities – drama, band and so on – so there is not much spare time! But I would not change any of it.

When I do have free time I enjoy playing tennis, going to live sport, especially rugby union and cricket, and having dinner or drinks with mates.

The person that most influenced my decisions in life when I was younger was … Sean Kerly – but he would not know that and most of you would not know him! Sean played up front for England in field hockey and was a real maverick. That is what I wanted to do. Hockey was amateur, but still a very popular game in England back in the 1980’s – a women’s hockey match at Wembley in 1978 got a crowd of 65,000 people! I managed to get into the national indoor team, but never quite made it onto the pitch for the much more prestigious outdoor team. Sean was still playing up front when England got the bronze medal in the LA Olympics in 1984 and the silver medal in the World Championships in 1986 – losing to Australia. It should have been me!!!!

The last interesting book that I read was … a fantastic book that I dip in and out of is called The Colony, A History of Early Sydney, by Grace Karskens. It was an extremely thoughtful Christmas present from someone we all know, but who shall remain nameless here. I think that it should be compulsory reading for all those not born in Australia, but fortunate enough to live here.

My first job was … a holiday representative on a Greek Island. Probably best not to go into too much detail here, but suffice to say I would highly recommend it to any young man as a first job… or second job… or third job…

My guiltiest pleasure is … I try to enjoy all life’s pleasures and rarely feel guilty about any of them! As long as you are not hurting or offending anyone else, why not?!?

At school, I was known for … sporting prowess, being the smallest in the class and being the only one in the first year of senior school still wearing short trousers – the curse of having hand-me-downs from four elder brothers!

My favourite movie of all time is … probably The Sting. I am not a huge film fan, but I can watch this one time and again.

I know it’s not cool but I love … watching the England cricket team!!!

The person I most admire is … hmmm, not sure. I think it changes. One of the people I most admire right now is Glen McGrath. He reached the absolute pinnacle of his sport, but was still always renowned as a true ‘sportsman’. He has come through huge personal tragedy with immense dignity. Now he is turning that tragedy into a positive through actions that educate a broader audience and make a real difference. That is hard to beat!

My friends say that I … need to slow down. Either work less, or play less!

My hope for the future is that … my kids grow up healthy and happy in a peaceful, more tolerant world. I sound like a Miss World contestant!