Jason has been looking after the fountains at Marble Arch for over 5 years.
1Can you explain your role in one sentence?I keep the fountains maintained in good working order and appearance for Westminster City Council, guests to the area and those that live and work here.
2How long have you been doing this job?I've worked for FM Conway, the contractors that work with Westminster City Council, for 24 years, but I have been cleaning the fountains at Marble Arch for just over 5 years.
3Did you find yourself in this role by accident or by design?A bit of both. By design in the sense that I was contracted to clean the fountains here for a year, but also by accident because it's been five years and I'm still here, but I prefer this.
4What’s the best part about your job?Job satisfaction. I used to do Civil Engineering work with Conway around London, like working on Chelsea Bridge and the Dartford Tunnel, but I much prefer working on the fountains here because it's a nice area and I'm able to engage with different people every day. People always come up to me asking for directions or recommendations, commenting on the fountains or just to chat.
5What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened to you in your job?Oh, filming! I've seen a magician from America [Jason Latimer - video here] perform some amazing tricks with Kimberly Wyatt. It was on Channel 4 and I got to meet both of them! Also, Emma Willis was here doing a photoshoot of some sort. She was placed in one of the fountain bowls and on the side of the fountain, but at one point her sandal came off and she couldn't go in to get it, so I got it for her. She was lovely. [Photos below]
6What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?It sounds ironic because of my job, but I enjoy swimming. I also love to travel with my wife and daughter. We've been all over Europe, as well as Canada and Mexico, but our favourites are Turkey and Eygpt. We just returned from Poland and that was great too!
7What do you like about this area?The people and diversity. I get to meet and see people from all over the world. You really get to see first hand that people are generally very nice.
8Where’s your favourite place to go for lunch in the local area?I'm usually very busy and pressed for time, so I like to pop into M&S. If it's very cold out, then Cardinals of Mayfair is a great little Italian cafe that always busy and fills you up. [Cardinals of Mayfair, 115c N Row, W1K 7JG].
9Who is YOUR hero and what is it about them that inspires you?I'm a West Ham fan so I have to say Bobby Moore. You can't beat winning the World Cup in 1966! Also, I think Hayley Turner is very inspiring not just for women, but for everyone. She's the first professional female jockey and is brilliant. She's very talented and her work ethic is something we can all admire.
10If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?This is difficult. Either South Africa to see Victoria Falls, Table Top Mountain and go on a safari or China to see the Great Wall and experience such a different culture.