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

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Richard Hemsley, Deputy Director of Finance, East Sussex CC ...
Richard Hemsley, Deputy Director of Finance, East Sussex CC

What's been your proudest moment?

On a beautiful summer afternoon last year, when my fiancée said 'I do' in our local village church.

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration?

My inspiration used to be Geoff Boycott who made up for any lack of ability through single-minded dedication and hard work, but I've changed my mind and it is now anyone who is truly happy with their life. That is a real inspiration.

What advice would you give to someone starting out?

Don't give less than your best; any mountain can be climbed but take each step at a time.

A plan may be helpful but don't limit your options - the most valuable skills are transferable. If you haven't got a life outside of work and are 'living to work' rather than 'working to live' then you have the wrong priorities. And always, always check your teeth for lettuce before giving a presentation.

Describe your dress sense.

Perfectly aligned with the occasion.

What three words would colleagues use to describe you?

Exigent; positive; fun.

What's the best idea you've ever had?

My best idea is not to be published, but taking Resolve

on Friday night as well as Saturday morning to prevent a hangover was a good one.

What's been your worst working day ever?

Has still to come.

If the office was on fire what three things would you rescue?

My iPAQ, secretary and facilities manager - but not in that order.

Describe your worst ever boss.

He enjoyed his well-deserved reputation for being a complete b*****d to work for, thinking that only the best staff would be confident enough in their abilities to work for him. It was a real lesson in how not to manage staff.

What gets you through the day?

An early start, a sense of humour, great colleagues and friends and being part of a supportive management team.

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