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WORK LIFE - TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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Antoinette Jackson, head of Strategy and Partnerships, Cambridge City Council ...
Antoinette Jackson, head of Strategy and Partnerships, Cambridge City Council

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?

I manage a range of corporate policy areas from best value and performance management to equalities, with a team of 12. I am active in a number of partnership areas.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

It means working with members to translate policy priorities into action and to respond to new legislation.

A key role is to support the corporate management team in delivering a wide agenda and managing change.

ANYTHING ELSE?

We are a pilot for developing comprehensive performance assessment for district councils and I've been helping departments prepare. We're also responsible for a citizens' consultation programme.

YOUR CAREER?

After Oxford University - my degree is in politics and philosophy - I joined Reading BC as a graduate trainee committee administrator. I moved into policy work and, after eight years, moved to Camden LBC as head of quality and customer services. I came here in 1999.

PERSONALLY?

I am learning Italian and I belong to a book club. We are reading Gone with the Wind at the moment.

THE FUTURE?

Long term, I'd like to become a director then a chief executive. In the short term, I'm happy in this job. I like being in local government because you can see the impact of your work on the community immediately.

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