Heather McManus, Corporate director (regeneration) at Lancaster City Council, describes her role.
Describe your main responsibilities.
They include cultural services, leisure, arts and events; planning, development control, forward planning, building control, conservation, coast protection and engineering; economic development and tourism; property services and neighbourhood management.
What attracted you to the role?
Lancaster is one of the areas within which I worked while at Lancashire CC for over 10 years. The personality of the people and the beauty of the city have always drawn me back. So, when the opportunity of the post arose it was one I did not want to miss.
Why do you think you got the job?
I have knowledge of the area, together with experience in regeneration and, of course, I was the best candidate!
What is the best piece of career advice you have been given?
Star managers let their people shine.
What would your department mascot be?
That would be two little pigs on my desk called Pinky and Perky, that were bought for me by my staff many years ago. I can’t tell you who they represent though, but they will know!
What (or who) keeps you awake at night?
Absolutely nothing I sleep extremely well
What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?
No shrinking violet.
What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?
Things are never as bad as they seem and tomorrow is another day.
Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
That would have to be a very intimate dinner party just myself and Brad Pitt!
What have you learnt recently that would be useful to others?
Asda has the cheapest petrol.
If you won the lottery what would you do?
Smile a lot.
If local government had a theme tune what would it be?
Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’.
With which historical figure do you most identify?
Mo Mowlam, who was always prepared to consider compromise and negotiate no matter what her political stance.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in local government?
You can’t have a better career. The variety and professionalism within local government is second to none.