What advice would you give to someone starting out in local government?
Think flexibly and prepare for a long-haul journey, I joined for three years, 16 years ago.
Who would be your department mascot?
Not Sharon Osbourne. It's important to be able to give feedback in HR.
What will your next 'me' purchase be'?
I'll go for 24 hours at a luxury health spa (with chocolate stowed away in my overnight case).
Name a tune to sum up your local government experience?
Two out of three ain't bad by Meatloaf. Alternatively, give me Gloria Gaynor's
I will survive.
What is the most exciting thing you have ever done?
Joining Brent LBC. Yes, seriously. Not only because it is a great place to work, but because I came from the Employers' Organisation and after 18 years in central bodies being 'strategic' and telling other people what to do, going local is a real adventure.
What is the worst mistake you have made and what did you learn from it?
I have just bought my 10-year-old daughter a turtle for Christmas. She actually wanted something furry and I didn't.
Which three words would your colleagues use to describe you?
I would like colleagues to describe me as a forthright, dynamic, people person.
What (or who) keeps you awake at night?
Planning how to tackle various 'challenges' at work, my toddler and my teenager.
Who would you like to give an ASBO to?
Policy people who think service delivery can be provided 'virtually'. They've got it wrong.