Get to know Alfie Penfold, Communications Specialist with VPFO Communications & Engagement

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…. It’s Alfie! Joining us from the UK, Alfie Penfold is here to support Communications in Safety & Risk Services and share a chuckle or two.

What do you do for the university?

I recently started in the VPFO, Communications & Engagement department serving the Safety & Risk Services department and a range of projects throughout the VPFO portfolio. I’m at the start of my journey with UBC, so ask me again in six months and I’ll probably be able to give you a better answer!

What makes you laugh?

Silliness, slapstick comedy, one-liners. I love stand-up and improv comedy, Dave Chapelle, James Acaster, and Will Ferrell are a few of my favourites.

Who inspires you, and why?

I’m inspired by people who clearly know what they’re doing, and are experts in their fields, but are willing to give up their time to help and develop others.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned?

Don’t spend time and effort worrying about things out of your control. Focus on the things you can affect and everything else will work itself out.

What is your favourite song or book?

I like a lot of music, and my favourites are changing all the time, at the moment I’m loving: How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? By Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

What’s your favourite or ideal vacation spot?

I’ve only lived in Vancouver for a short while, so it still feels a bit like I’m on holiday now (sorry, vacation — I’m from the UK). I spent a few weeks in India back in 2013 and really liked it, of anywhere I’ve been that’s the place I’d like to go back to most — so much more to see!

How do you like to recharge?

I’m not really one for lying around on a beach or by the pool, I need to keep my brain active or I get bored. I like spending time with friends, doing activities/playing games to relax.

What is your vision for your department?

I feel internal communications plays an important role in enabling others to get what they need to done. If we help to provide you with all the information you need so you can move onto something else (or even go home early!) then I’m happy.

For you, what makes UBC different?

I can already see the people that I’ve met are dedicated to what they do and really care about making a difference to the people they serve. The surroundings are unique and beautiful and I’m really looking forward to growing further with UBC.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Aside from the cheat answer of “I’d be able to control all matter, and therefore have all superpowers” a ’la Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen, I’d choose the ability to fly.

What would you like to be remembered for?

I’d like to be remembered for making you laugh, and bringing a smile to your face.