Well, it was a tremendously close decision, we had excellent candidates. Weren’t we lucky? We have been so anxious. Turning people down wasn’t made any easier by liking them personally and having built up a rapport over two days, but the delight of the successful man was a pleasure to hear.
Just before the final interviews, I spoke to a member of staff and she asked how I felt, and I realised that my heart was pounding so hard that I could hear it. Last time that happened, Badgerdaddy had me striding up a steel hill outside Ludlow. I didn’t reach the breathless stage admittedly, but it was very demanding.
Not that I did the preliminary work, three other governors did that. I handed over chairmanship of the committee to someone else, who has superb organisation skills, and the paperwork to two others, who did so much work, very well indeed. My forte came over the interview process, when my ability to be bossy came to a fore. There’s no beating about the bush, there are times when I take over. Though shy in my younger days, I learned Social Skillz and they stand me in good stead, especially now I’m not. Shy, I mean.
I’m still high as a kite I have to acknowledge, but will slump later and, I hope, sleep soundly tonight.