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Where did you work before becoming an inspector? ...
Where did you work before becoming an inspector?

I was assistant head of legal services at Greenwich LBC and moved to North Yorkshire in 1995. I have worked for solicitors Eversheds, in their public sector team, and as a local government consultant.

What's it like coming back to the public sector?

I felt a bit of an alien in the commercial sector, though I had fun trying to explain how local government operated. I did learn a lot about drive and delivering.

Who in the private sector delivers best value?

Depends whether you believe what you are told. I'm sure local government could learn a lot from the private sector's confidence but I'd prefer to wait until I see the evidence. The private sector has a lot of learning to do too.

What's the worst moment in your career?

Lawyers are not very good at admitting their mistakes. I'm saving mine for my first blockbuster.

Who would you most like to lock in a broom cupboard?

Myself, when I get it wrong.

What's your favourite drink and where would you like it?

A large glass of red wine in front of the fire in my house in the Yorkshire Dales.

What has given you most satisfaction?

Seeing changes in the culture of, and improvements in, the public sector and knowing I have made some contributions to that process is satisfying on a professional level. More personally - my cats.

Who is your all-time hero?

Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century politician, musician, painter, poet and manager! And Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Ella Fitzgerald, Katherine Hepburn.

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