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WORK LIFE - TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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RUSSELL MCDONNELL...
RUSSELL MCDONNELL

GROUP MANAGER OPERATIONS, KNOWSLEY MBC

YOUR JOB?

I manage the borough's 180 urban green spaces and outdoor recreational facilities, including parks, playing fields, playgrounds and allotments, as well as developing strategies and working with consultants.

I head a team of five.

DAY TO DAY?

I deal with the public and respond to any issues raised.

I often go out on site visits. We do a lot of sharing information with other authorities.

YOUR CAREER?

I became a countryside ranger with Sefton MBC and moved to a similar job with Knowsley. I've been here for 16 years.

QUALIFICATIONS?

I have a BA in geography, art and physical education from Liverpool Hope University, an MSc in countryside management and a Diploma in Management Studies.

PERSONALLY?

My wife is a teacher and we have three boys. We like walking and outdoor sports.

THE FUTURE?

My job is so different every day, I could do it for the rest of my career. I'd like to progress to assistant director.

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