This week, Lisa Sian tells us about the joys of working in the OAE office…

What’s your role in the OAE office?

Finance Director and Company Secretary.


What does your typical day involve?

Creating budgets, checking incomes and costs against budgets, reporting to other management and the board, currently I am finalising our most recent Audit, and have started to prepare for our upcoming AGM with notices going for members.


What – or where – is perfection?

Sailing and walking in the Scottish West Highlands – big open landscapes and no traffic, no air pollution, & no poisonous snakes.


Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Master Li Mu Bai, cool calm and collected.


Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

Nelson Mandela – never give up hope.


What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

Be able to sail a traditional yacht and park it.


What do you fear the most?

Climbing down cliffs when a polar bear is following you.


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

I’m still learning.


What was the first album you ever bought?

I think it was Heavy Weather by Weather Report.


What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

Anything by Wayne Shorter.


Which OAE concert are you most looking forward to this year?

Our Sublime Strings concert on 26 March with Rachel Podger and Pavlo Beznosiuk.


What’s been the highlight of your time at OAE so far?

Having been here for 7 ½ years there’s lots to choose from, but probably the first time I saw Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne and more recently I really enjoyed Monteverdi’s Vespers.