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WORK LIFE - TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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Torben Wood, Private Sector Housing Team Leader, Colchester BC ...
Torben Wood, Private Sector Housing Team Leader, Colchester BC

WHAT IS YOUR JOB ABOUT?

I manage a team whose remit is to improve housing conditions in the private sector; dealing with landlords, owner-occupiers and private tenants. There is compulsory registration of bed-sitter houses and shared accommodation. We deal with complaints and advise on things like condensation and disrepair.

ANYTHING ELSE?

We are involved in providing disabled facilities and have a brief to improve energy efficiency. I report to the council's quality of life panel and am on the empty homes steering group.

YOUR TEAM?

It has eight people - a mix of environmental health officers, architects and building surveyors, and offers advice on good practice, health and safety, and carries out inspections. I am just finalising a report on private sector housing stock in Colchester.

YOUR CAREER?

I started with Ipswich BC in environmental health - I have a BSc in environmental health - and joined Colchester in 2000.

PERSONALLY?

I am 28 and have a partner and a four month old daughter.

I am very family and sports orientated.

THE FUTURE?

In environmental health my preferred area has to be housing - trying to improve its availability and suitability. If you want to make an impact you have got to be prepared to take on more senior roles.

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