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The Trajectory: Paul Shackley, Rushmoor BC

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LGC’s quickfire quiz hears from newly appointed chief executives and senior officers on the highs, lows, challenges and lessons

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Paul Shackley

Paul Shackley

Name: Paul Shackley

Move: From corporate director (growth and regeneration) at Wycombe DC to chief executive Rushmoor BC in May 2017

First job in local government: Youth sport manager, Wakefield MDC August 2001

Prior experience: Prior to local government RAF for seven years, then Cheshire Police for six years in the force control room. I then worked as a development manager for the Amateur Swimming Association and the Amateur Athletics Association of England. Local government career has seen stints at Wakefield, Sefton MBC, Ashfield DC, Allerdale BC, Wycombe and now Rushmoor.

Education: From school straight to work but returned to education in later years for post- graduate certificates in management and business. I am also a Board Member for SOLACE in Business

Proudest career achievement: Securing the chief executive role at Rushmoor.

Toughest career experience: The general challenges of local government – always needing to do more with less

Best thing about working in local government: The variation in the role, the constant challenges and the variety and mix of people that you meet. No day is the same!

What I wish I’d known when I started out: I would advise everyone to develop their networks. There is no shortage of people in the sector willing to help and advise you so don’t be afraid to ask.

Work/life balance: Be protective of an element of your personal life be it going to the gym, socialising or following your own interests. If its been a long day, go home, the work will be there tomorrow!

Advice to tomorrow’s chiefs and senior officers: Be ambitious and be prepared to move roles to move on and look outside your professional discipline (and even organisation) and most importantly as I said before don’t be afraid to speak to others and take advice.

Any other business: I was a competitive swimmer some years ago and represented both Great Britain and England (including the 1986 Commonwealth Games). This experience contributed to the resilience and determination I have needed in my professional career.




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