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WORK LIFE - TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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Nicola Strapps, team leader, corporate performance group, chief executive's department, Manchester City Council ...
Nicola Strapps, team leader, corporate performance group, chief executive's department, Manchester City Council

DESCRIBE YOUR JOB

I co-ordinate the city's local public service agreement, champion performance management across the council and within Manchester's local strategic partnership, and carry out corporate research such as the best value residents' survey.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND

I have a degree in European studies from Loughborough University and an MBA from Manchester Metropolitan University. I started out in IT as an account manager for a small company, and went into local government in 1997.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT?

A passion for my local area. Two-thirds of my family work in local government, so you could say I was bred into it. I saw the variety of services as a big attraction for my personal development.

HOBBIES/INTERESTS

Sport - squash and team games - in moderation. Eating out and shopping. I have a passion for Formula One motor racing and lazing in the sun. I am about to have my first child so no doubt some of this may change.

DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERVIEW TIPS?

Always answer the question. You can spend too much time building up to the answer but gibbering in between. You end up forgetting what the question was. Also, think for a few seconds before you answer.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 10 YEARS?

I will definitely still be in local government in a management role, which gives me the opportunity to use the skills I've gained. Hopefully at this council, depending on the opportunities.

WHAT IS THE WORST JOB YOU'VE HAVE EVER HAD?

Working on the deli counter at my local supermarket - far too smelly, especially the cheese. The best has to be working on the Belgian chocolate counter at Kendals in Manchester.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR CAREER AND PERSONAL LIFE?

On my personal life, my Dad. Unfortunately we lost him eight years ago, and since then I have become quite driven. In my career, the director of hospitality & trading services at Manchester City Council. I learnt a lot from her and she has had a huge influence on my career.

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