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.
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.
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.
I started with Ipswich BC in environmental health - I have a BSc in environmental health - and joined Colchester in 2000.
I am 28 and have a partner and a four month old daughter.
I am very family and sports orientated.
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.