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Questions set by Catherine Ratcliffe, chief education officer, Rotherham MBC...
Questions set by Catherine Ratcliffe, chief education officer, Rotherham MBC


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.

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