patrick_lPatrick Saintas has lived in Brighton and Hove for 19 years. He is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton and Chair of the Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership.

What brought you to Brighton and Hove?

I first came to England in 1974 to Chichester, as part of my leisure time I came over to Brighton to have a look and fell in love with the place. When my friend and I had some time off we used to come to Brighton and I remember eating fish and chips in newspaper.
I moved to Brighton in 1988 upon obtaining a promotion as a senior tutor at, what was then, the Brighton School of Nursing.

How do you relax?

I love listening to reggae music and I watch a lot of soccer on TV.

patrick1What living person do you most admire?

Sir Richard Branson. The reason I like him is because he’s somebody that had a vision with the Virgin Group and literally he has done a lot, you know Virgin Atlantic goes all over the world. Really it’s his charisma, his get up and go, he’s always trying something.

What are you proud of?

I’m proud of my family. My eldest daughter started university in Kent. The second one is at secondary school and she’s doing well. But also what I have achieved myself. I remember coming to England and I only had £20 in my pocket which I had borrowed from a friend of mine and today I’m a Principal Lecturer and I’ve got my own house.