DESCRIBE YOUR JOB
I develop sport and recreational services. I am fortunate my position allows me to be involved in a diverse range of projects. At the moment, I'm working with local volunteers to develop the concept of community football clubs across West Lothian.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND
I was born in Inverness and brought up in Moray, where I attended Forres Academy. I obtained a degree in recreation at Moray House in Edinburgh. This fuelled my interest in public policy and the role of leisure services within local government.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
Being involved in an organisation that improves the quality of life for people - which is what my job is all about. My work can certainly be frustrating at times, but it can also be hugely rewarding.
I'll have a go at most sports but keep fit through running, swimming, skiing and the occasional spot of fly-fishing. I started yoga this year, which is great for relaxation.
I also enjoy a good book and a pint of Deuchars IPA, but not necessarily at the same time.
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WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
I'd like to have completed a postgraduate qualification in social policy and to have taken on a more senior management role, either within a council or an agency with a responsibility for sport, leisure or cultural services.
WHAT IS THE WORST JOB YOU'VE HAVE EVER HAD?
Picking lettuce, broccoli and spring onions during the school holidays.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR CAREER OR PERSONAL LIFE?
I really value my family and the job my parents did bringing me up. I have also learnt a great deal working
for my boss, Charlie Raeburn, whose thinking has had a major influence on how we have developed sport and recreation services in West Lothian.