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Graeme Gordon, Southwark LBC...
Graeme Gordon, Southwark LBC

What would your department mascot be?

Buzz Lightyear - to infinity and beyond. (At least that's what it feels like some days.)

What is the best piece of career advice you have been given?

'Why don't you see if the council's got any jobs going?'

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?

The mayor of Southwark's most recent charity quiz - the competition was really tough but our team won through (and we all kept our jobs afterwards, despite beating teams led by the leader, the chief executive and other very senior members and officers).

What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?

Stuff happens.

Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?

David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Catherine Tate plus the guys from the Fast Show and League of Gentlemen.

If you didn't work in local government what would you do?

I'd stop writing reports and memos and go back to writing fiction, something I did in my twenties.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I love travelling and would happily do more of it - I'm just back from touring southern Japan - but I'd keep my home in Peckham, which is a great place to live with a truly wonderful local community.

With which historical figure do you most identify?

Oliver Goldsmith, as much for his pride in Southwark, as for his achievements as a playwright and essayist.

What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?

'Very good boss' said one of my team - but then he's awaiting the outcome of his performance appraisal.

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