Meet our hard-working team of FOCAL organisers…
ZARTE SIEMPRE: FOCAL chairperson, resident stats man and Milton Keynes organiser.
Likes: Cheese, Birmingham City FC, pop punk music.
Dislikes: Viagra (don’t ask), Jamie Oliver, ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.
Pets: 3 dogs – Reggie, Sheba and Pie.
Favourite word: Quinquangle.
CHRIS MARSHALL: Treasurer.
Likes: Numbers, meat, chocolate.
Dislikes: Liars, Renegade Master, most green foods.
Favourite word: I’n’t (Northspeak for ‘isn’t’)
JEN STEADMAN: PR & Marketing Officer, website/Twitter overlord, and London organiser.
Likes: Tonbridge Angels FC, travelling around Europe, ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Shaggy.
Dislikes: Ice-skating, meringues, cryptic things.
Pets: 2 utterly delightful gerbils, Smudge and Spice (who she never talks about or annoys friends with pictures of).
Favourite word: Flamboyant.
MATTY ARTELL: Manchester co-organiser.
Likes: Games, drums, films.
Dislikes: “Literally everything.”
Pets: A pet skull called Murray. (…please don’t be put off coming to Manchester because one of the organisers is a freak.)
Favourite word: Cretinous.
JACK WORSLEY: Manchester co-organiser and 2016’s FOCAL champion.
Likes: Football, The Carpenters, Indian food.
Dislikes: Birds, self-checkout, reality TV.
Pets: 1 cat called Sooty.
Favourite word: Buckminsterfullerene.
CALLUM TODD: Leeds organiser and Huddersfield co-host.
Likes: Leeds FC, [redacted], [redacted].
Dislikes: Sharing personal information on Who Are You pages, [redacted], [redacted].
Pets: [classified info].
Favourite word: [confidential].
MIKE BROWN: King’s Lynn organiser and owner of The Countdown Page.
Likes: Marmite, Douglas Adams novels, riding on old buses.
Dislikes: people who push in, steak, really noisy places.
Pets: None these days, but feeds the birds in the garden (and he loves cats!).
Favourite word: Yclept.
EOIN JACKSON: Waterford organiser.
Likes: Eurovision, YouTube, cups of tea.
Dislikes: Cucumber, insurance, the sound of Styrofoam.
Pets: 2 dogs, Elvy and Lady, and 2 cats, Ratlip and Normy.
Favourite word: Shellakybooky.
JAMES ROBINSON: Huddersfield organiser.
Likes: Huddersfield Town FC, quizzes, darts.
Dislikes: Leeds United fans, cyclists, scripted reality TV shows.
Pets: 1 chocolate Labrador, Murphy.
Favourite word: Floccinaucinihilipilification.
ALAN YOUNG: Glasgow organiser.
Likes: American football, listening to podcasts, eating/cooking awesome food.
Dislikes: Cats, referees, people too lazy to have an informed opinion.
Favourite word: Guru.