County Policy Development Officer
I oversee strategic policy development and resource planning in Cheshire's new policy and performance department. We co-ordinate policy development on behalf of councillors and the corporate management board within a four-year planning framework.
There are 26 people on the team covering four strands of activity - medium-term financial planning, European external funding, corporate procurement and regional policy issues, particularly the potential impact of a regional tier of government.
Although my job description requires an accountancy background, my work is concerned with policy development within existing resource constraints, to help deliver the council's corporate priorities. A lot of information we deal with flows from central government and other areas.
I started as a CIPFA trainee accountant with Hertfordshire CC in 1991. I was there for seven years. I joined Cheshire's financial planning team in 1998 and was appointed to my present job two months ago. I have a degree in economics and industrial relations from Leeds University.
I am married with two children. I'm treasurer of the council's staff credit union and play football regularly.
I have just been appointed to this challenging post and am keen to make a success of it. The work is so varied I can't imagine working in a more confined area in future.