Head of KPMG's public sector audit and advisory team.
What was your previous role?
I have had varied roles at KPMG. Prior to this I was an education accountant at Wirral MBC.
What thing would improve the way councils work?
A shift in culture, skills and the use of resources. The best are as good as the best in any sector and the rest need to catch up.
What is the biggest barrier to best value?
Becoming too focused on process and inspection and losing sight of the real potential.
Who would you most like to go for a drink with?
John Lennon - a fellow Liverpudlian and never afraid to speak his mind.
Name six dinner guests Bill Shankley, Ernest Shackleton,William Shakespeare, Hilary Clinton, William Morris, Tom Peters.
Any hidden talents?
I speak fluent German.
When were you most happy?
Driving a C-Type Jaguar.
When were you least happy?
When my son was diagnosed with a major heart defect. (The NHS did a great job and he is fine.)
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
What is the best example of public-private partnerships?
The most promising are where both parties have shown a high degree of trust and confidence which has allowed highly creative solutions.