Who Are You?

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.


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.


BEN WILSONLincoln and Nottingham organiser
Likes: Creating puzzles and quizzes, writing fiction, playing Minecraft.


MARK MURRAY: Bristol co-organiser.
Likes: Cocktails, poker, karaoke.
Dislikes: People who don’t indicate at roundabouts, queues, bullshitters.
Pets: 11 (!) dogs.
Favourite word: Solipsism.

JC Montanay
: Bristol and Bournemouth co-organiser.

Likes: Speaking French, Des Chiffres et Des Lettres, taking part in the French equivalent of FOCAL tournaments.

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 TODDLeeds 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.

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SEAN FLETCHER: Bournemouth co-organiser.
Likes: Manchester United, Jack Daniels, Stephen King.
Dislikes: Bullies, slow walkers, reality TV.
Favourite word: Discombobulated.


EDDY BYRNE: Dublin organiser and leprechaun.
Likes: Collecting vinyl records, travelling, socialising.
Dislikes: Birds, fish (both as food and animals), exams.
Favourite word: Bourgeois.


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.