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Allan French, Coventry City Council...
Allan French, Coventry City Council

With which historical figure do you most identify?

Isambard Kingdom Brunel -he built bridges and tunnels in the most difficult of terrains.

What (or who) keeps you awake at night?

Coffee, coffee and coffee

Would you recommend a career in local government?

Definitely. The complexity of our services and the skills we need are little understood by the commercial sector. I used to work in investment banking and found working on financial products uninteresting.

What words would your colleagues use to describe you?

Clear thinking, organised and planned.

What's more important - job satisfaction or money?

Job satisfaction and making a difference to people's lives. Money does not translate into happiness - although a tad more would be nice.

Suit or jeans?

People think you know what you are doing when you wear a suit.

What tune sums up your local government experience?

The theme tune from Mission impossible. I sometimes ask the team whether they are willing to accept a mission, it might be difficult at the outset but we know we can get there in the end. We miss out the self destructing tape machine though

What will your next 'me' purchase be'?

The new Sony eBook. There's nothing like curling up with a good book (borrowed from your local library, of course), but the eBook will be great when you're on the move.

Who would you like to give an ASBO?

Anyone destroying a glazed bus stop - it represents destruction of investment in the community.

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