We've managed the introduction very well. But the jury is out on whether the outcomes have been in proportion to the time and effort taken up by reviews.
What is the biggest barrier to achieving best value?
Are there any real barriers? We've cut the budget by over£20m and delivered good quality services. I think we're achieving best value. Let's just make sure that the system itself doesn't stifle innovative thinking.
What springs to mind when you think of best value?
A 100/1 outsider in the Grand National - but they rarely win.
How would you structure a council with five services?
I'd ask the chief executive to leave his phone box so I could call a friend. On my own, I might suggest children's, community, environment and strategic services, and social and economic regeneration.
What have been the high and low points of your career?
The high point was probably helping to steer the process that led to the creation of this council. The low point was getting massacred while trying to sell a county council strategy at a parish council meeting in Wiltshire - and not being able to find the way out.
Who would you most like to go for a drink with and why?
Sharing a few wines with Jilly Goolden would be fun, as long as she didn't spit on me.
Where and when were you happiest?
Right here, right now.