DESCRIBE YOUR JOB
I am a member of the council's management team which works together to ensure Kettering BC remains at the forefront of improvement in local government. My role is varied and challenging and I am working on some exciting new initiatives.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND
I graduated from university having studied business and economics. I started my career working for a firm that recycled paper and cardboard on a large scale. I decided to leave when the price of cardboard plummeted. You could say the bottom fell out of the market.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
My first local government job was as a manager in a care services unit. The job advert was well written and the remuneration package attractive. My employers were honest with me as to the scale of the challenge and I relished the opportunity to get stuck in.
I have recently been studying Gordon Ramsey's business philosophy which is very interesting. This also involves eating out a lot, which is always good fun.
DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERVIEW TIPS?
Prepare, be honest and above all, learn from your experience.
WHAT IS THE WORST JOB YOU HAVE EVER HAD?
I worked as a security guard at a local supermarket while I was at university. There was a clear pecking order and the manager had his own table in the canteen. I couldn't resist sitting at it and I quickly found myself working night shifts in a warehouse.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR CAREER OR PERSONAL LIFE?
Career wise I will be a sycophant and say David Cook, our chief executive. He is great to work with and always shares his wisdom. In my personal life, it would be an injury I sustained when I was younger. This taught me that you can make plans, but something else can always scupper them.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 10 YEARS?
From an aspirational point of view, I would say either a chief executive or senior partner in a successful, forward-looking organisation.