Managing director, Doncaster MBC
Describe your main responsibilities
Transforming public services for the 235,000 residents of Doncaster.
What attracted you to the role?
The chance to really make a difference in an area that is strategically so well placed on the national transport network. It has already got some incredible landmark developments like the new Frenchgate shopping centre complete with a public transport interchange. Most of all the attraction is the people of Doncaster, who are rightly known as some of the friendliest folk of the UK.
Why do you think you got the job?
Leading an outstanding council team through last year’s floods that hit Doncaster very hard, and pioneering Doncaster’s front-line neighbourhoods approach.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Trust your instincts and you will be right most of the time.
What would your department mascot be?
A thoroughbred horse capable of winning Doncaster’s famous classic race, the St. Leger.
What keeps you awake at night?
Making sure we are doing all we can for the vulnerable.
What three words would your colleagues use to describe you?
Enthusiastic, open and human.
What maxim do you use to see you through the tough times?
Good leadership consists of doing less and being more.
If you won the lottery what would you do?
Supplement my mum and dad’s paltry pension.
What one possession says most about you and why?
My football boots for passion, teamwork and success and integrity because cheating and winning is not really winning.
Who would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
Oscar Wilde, Nelson Mandela and Heather Rabbatts they could talk and I would listen.
What have you learnt recently that would be useful to others?
Never underestimate the capacity of a local government worker to help people in need.
With which historical figure do you most identify?
Harry Houdini for his ability to get out of difficult situations.