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PROFILE: SALLY HAMMOND, SENIOR BEST VALUE CO-ORDINATOR, GLA

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What did you do before joining the Greater London Assembly? ...
What did you do before joining the Greater London Assembly?

I worked for Waltham Forest LBC as head of client services in the corporate services division. I was a member of the corporate best value steering group and an adviser to the members' best value working group.

Is working for the GLA a daunting prospect?

It presents me with a tremendous opportunity to learn a great deal more about politics, government and about London and Londoners. I expect there will be much to do, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

Do you think Londoners know what best value is?

Most members of the public will probably know little, if anything, about the new statutory framework. But I think the public knows best about what works and what doesn't and this will be the most important knowledge and experience for us to tap into.

Name your top six dinner party guests from history

Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Eddie Izzard, Dawn French, k d lang, and Ken Livingstone. I like lively, and alive, people.

If you hadn't gone into local government what would you have done?

If I had followed one of my passions - a landscape photographer.

When were you happiest?

I think that time is yet to come. It will probably involve sunshine, veggie food, good wine, my partner and my closest friends.

How would you spend£100?

Two tickets to the London Eye to keep me in touch with the bigger picture and 20 copies of The Big Issue to help me keep my feet on the ground.

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