6 June 2017
At YWCA Canberra, we’re really proud of the vibrancy and diversity of our staff team. We’ll be bringing you regular staff snapshots so you can meet our team and find out a bit more about the people behind our programs and services. Today, meet Lydia Randall.
Tell us about your role at YWCA Canberra.
I’m Executive Assistant to our Executive Director, so I manage her diary, assist with the work of the Board and liaise with other teams on all sorts of things that the Y does.
What’s on your playlist?
In the car I listen to ABC Classic FM, for podcasts I like 2 Dope Queens, Death Sex Money and Code Switch. Robyn’s Body Talk has been my favourite album for about 5 years, so I always circle back to that. I have heard Janelle Monae has another album in the works, so of course I will block out some time for that too.
What are you reading at the moment?
I have just started A Brief History of Seven Killings, which is fun so far but hard to keep up with.
When you’re not at work, what’s your relaxation activity of choice?
I’m a big sports person, so while it’s not always relaxing, I’m usually watching or playing a sport of some kind. My ride home from work is sometimes a relaxing one, other times it is a relief to get home alive, my voice hoarse from asking motorists (politely, but with expletives) to use their indicators.
What’s an achievement that you’re proud of?
I am really pleased with the job I’m doing as an aunty. True, this typically involves such onerous tasks as fawning over cute pictures, pushing the munchkins on swings, reading them books, listening to them and having good cuddles, but I enjoy it.
If you got a free around the world ticket, where would you go?
I think I would start in East Timor, I’ve yet to go very far west of Dili and would love to see Oecussi. It’d be hard to resist popping into Indonesia at that point. People I love dearly are in the UK, Ireland and Canada so that would surely feature, but there’d most definitely also be women’s sport involved. Next year is the Women’s Sevens World Cup so it would have to be San Francisco, but 2019 is a Women’s Football World Cup year so I’d drag myself to France. Singapore has the WTA Finals (tennis) for another year after this one, so that would be on the route home.
What makes you proud to work at the Y?
It’s quite special to work at an explicitly feminist organisation, with both a set of values I share, and colleagues I enjoy sharing that with. I like working with this sizeable group of colleagues, many of whom are at quite different stages of life and still marvel at how many interesting people have found their way to the Y.