SALLY Capp started her football career in the ruck after an early growth spurt. Since she has been on the board of Collingwood, and was the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She’s been the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne, and COO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her career began in the law and now she wants to be lord mayor of Melbourne. We spoke about why, music, films, Collingwood, regrets and always forgetting the punchline. SC: You should put your hand up, Hamish — the process is quite simple. You put in an application to the Victorian Electoral Commission to become a candidate, and provided you are eligible to stand, you pay a fee of $250 and away you go. SC: I want the job because I love the city and care about the community and our future. In life the opportunity to do something with purpose only comes along every so often — and when it does, I think you have to grab it. If you do this role well, you can really make a difference. I had a number of people call me and give me advice that I should throw my hat into the ring. In the end, I’m Melbourne through and through — and I’ve sold our city to the world as Agent-General in London. It is a serious job, and I think I would do it well. SC: I think so. I tend to take criticism as constructive feedback in most circumstances. That sort of feedback, provided it is open honest and focused on the issue, is always welcome because different perspectives help us produce better ideas and outcomes. SC: I understand that. We see so many personal attacks in public life, and sadly we see it in so many aspects of our private lives too. I think because I believe in the seriousness of the role of lord mayor, and the impact the role can have on our wonderful city, I feel it’s a price I’m willing to pay. SC: I would say … energising. There’s a great sense of community across central Melbourne and you get a real sense of the passion the people have for their city. Melbourne is nothing without the people and organisations that are deeply involved in contributing to our community. To listen to their frustrations and ideas, and to be able to get excited about the possibilities and plans for the future of our city, is such a privilege. SC: Of course … I’m slightly ashamed to say I don’t drink coffee! And I’m a proud Collingwood supporter. I think most people are already aware of these skeletons, though. SC: I’m always the first person on to the dancefloor at weddings. My kids find it very embarrassing.