Questions answered by Denise Radley, assistant director, performance and commissioning, adult care services, Hertfordshire CC
Why did you choose a career in commissioning?
After university, I wanted to do something linked to my degree subject, sociology.
If you could be a celebrity, who would you be and why?
Michael Parkinson - not particularly glamorous or high profile but he does meet and talk to lots of interesting people.
If you weren't in local government, what would be your dream job?
A book or film reviewer. It would be nice to make a career out of reading, watching films and writing.
What is the best lesson you have learnt through a blunder at work?
Avoid making assumptions and prepare thoroughly. I've avoided major blunders but have regretted assuming that a person or group has a certain role or function, which turned out to be wrong. I try to do some research about the organisation, group or individual I'm meeting - particularly important at the moment as I'm in a new job.
What do you think of the government's retirement proposals to make us work until we drop?
People's lifestyles and expectations are changing and I guess retirement arrangements will have to change accordingly.
What was the last book you read?
I'm in a reading group and we recently read The Story of Lucy Gault, by William Trevor. It's a sad novel but the writing is outstanding - wonderful language on every page - highly recommended.