Interview with the new Head of Stewart’s Melville College, Anthony Simpson
Mr Simpson hit the ground running in August when he took on the mantle of Head of Stewart’s Melville College. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about the man that has already made such a positive impact on the School. We hope you enjoy this quick-fire interview.
What attracted you to Stewart’s Melville College?
Mainly the school’s reputation. I had heard so many positive reports about the pupils and the school’s ethos.
Tell us something about yourself
I have two daughters, a wife, and a black Labrador called Tessa.
You represented Great Britain in a duathlon in both the European and World Championships last year. Why do you think it is so important to challenge yourself physically?
It gives me the motivation to train; particularly when I’m tired and not feeling up for a hard session. In my previous role, I stopped training in the first term due to the amount of work – when I finally got back into it, my productivity increased immensely – it’s so important to have a balance in your life to keep you healthy and happy.
What do you do to look after your mental health?
My training gives me time to think; it helps me to meet new people and to switch off from the daily pressures.
Who is your hero?
What kind of music do you like?
Anything and everything – music has the ability to capture a moment, or to stir the soul. The most powerful pieces are probably classical music, such as Allegri Miserere, or Jacqueline du Pre’s rendition of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.
What was your favourite age growing up?
To be honest, every age has its benefits – I’m learning to appreciate each moment, or to quote Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it the present”.
What was the last thing you read?
I’m currently reading Doddie Weir’s autobiography – My name’5 Doddie.
What's your favourite ice cream topping?
Nothing….. why ruin a perfectly good ice cream.
What's the one thing that can instantly make your day better?
Who would be at your fantasy dinner party and what would be on the menu?
Stone-baked pizzas – family and friends!
Do you have a motto that you live by?
I have many – I love my quotes and motivational mottos, but a current favourite is ‘It’s the journey that counts, not the destination’.