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WORK LIFE - 'I DIDN'T GET WHERE I AM TODAY WITHOUT...'

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Mike Webb ...
Mike Webb

Head of Audit and Scrutiny. Norfolk CC

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration?

A visit to the Tate Gallery about 15 years ago when I first came across the pre-Raphaelite painters.

What's the best thing about your job?

Being responsible for two of the most fun bits of the council. Norfolk audit services is one of the best audit units in the country.

I am really enjoying being able to influence its development in Norfolk and nationally.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Realising very early on the potential opportunities for internal audit to support the development of corporate governance and risk management. As part of that, Norfolk audit services showed the way by winning the CIPFA Cliff Nicholson Award in 2001 for our work on the audit of health and safety.

How would you describe your management style?

I try very hard to encourage and build on people's strengths, while giving them developmental opportunities. I struggle with the few who will not take advice. I am a great networker and believe that time is well spent on developing relationships.

What's the biggest mistake you've ever made?

Being the next one in the queue after the last ticket was sold at my college for Cream's farewell concert at the Albert Hall in 1968.

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