With which historical figure do you most identify?
Malcolm X because he was one of the first to directly challenge racism in the face of significant institutional practice in the US, and paid with his life.
What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?
Fair, focused, insufferable.
What (or who) keeps you awake at night?
The potential for a major civil emergency, or a catastrophic event involving children or young people at a time when I'm least focused and resting.
Suit or jeans?
Work - suit. Out of work -tracksuit and jeans.
Would you recommend a career in local government?
I consider it to be a privilege to work in local government. Where else could you work to create opportunities for the most disadvantaged in our community?
What's more important - job satisfaction or money?
Job satisfaction, but the money helps
Name a tune, to sum up your local government experience?
Three little birds by Bob Marley (the first line 'Don't worry about a thing, 'cos everything little thing's gonna be alright').
What will your next 'me' purchase be?
I hate shopping, am not a boys' toys person, and stick strictly to the basics, so probably a CD or record.
Who would you like to give an ASBO to?
Mark Lawrenson, World Cup commentator. He's so negative - on several occasions I felt like throwing my mug at the TV.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Both have suffered greatly on their journeys but maintained a great deal of dignity.