James Leppan

James Leppan

General Manager
Industry Experience – 13 years

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
The Moon. I’m lucky enough to have travelled to all seven continents but why not think about going outside of our little planet? Let’s go to the moon. Always been interested in astronomy. Love the idea of settling somewhere, being a pioneer, making a difference

Why did you choose your profession?
My background was photography (which I fell into while studying psychology) but I enjoy the creative process of conceptualizing and then generating a practical product which is tangible and physical. Converting ideas into reality is what appeals to me.

How do you spend your free time?
If I can sit on a couch and watch three movies in a row, I count that as a win. If I have the time, I love to travel. As far as possible.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
In high school, I was helping an injured student and I was pretty stressed, so I told someone to “f-off”… without knowing the principal was standing behind me. That was mortifying. I don’t tend to use that word a lot, ever.

If you were US president, what is the first thing you would do?
Dismantle the 2-party system. Time to find more common ground, rather than everything that makes us different. Both parties in the US are broken, it’s time for a fix.

How would your friends describe you?
Loyal, stubborn, serious, passionate, wise.

If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Elephant. Serious and sage.

Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Superman. Always has been. At a young age I wore glasses and saw myself as Clark Kent (even went to school with a superman shirt under my shirt). I’ve always been drawn to his nobility, sense of justice and his unwavering character.

What is your favorite summer activity?
Travelling to the sea? A lake would do too. But I’m not a fan of the insects and roughing it. Just like the sound of water really.

If you could be any flavor of ice cream what ice cream flavor would you be and why?
Tiger. Black liquorice and orange. Maybe because I’m a study in contrasts. I have my black (serious) moments but also my brighter moments.

What is one thing that annoys you the most?
Entitled bullies. Nothing worse than someone pushing you around because they feel entitled, taking advantage of your good nature.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Um. I don’t eat strange things if I can help it. I had calamari once and almost died (I’m allergic).

What is the worst job you could have?
Anything involving sewage or cleaning up anything related.

What celebrity annoys you the most?
Justine Bieber. Annoying and entitled.