What is your job about?
My job is about modernisation, about developing the council's role as a community leader and improving the quality of council services. I am responsible for best value, partnerships and community strategy, and areas around equality and social exclusion.
At the moment I am managing the comprehensive performance assessment and am on a number of corporate groups. I am also involved in some work we are doing as a national pathfinder around improving the public realm.
I have a BSc in environmental science, an MSc from Cranfield and a Masters in civic design from Liverpool University.
Where did you start?
I have been with Tameside man and boy, starting as a researcher, then becoming a planning officer in the strategic planning unit. I headed the policy unit before my present job.
My wife Liz is a development control officer with another council and we have two children, Alice and William. In June I intend to cycle from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
The most important thing will be to continue to be part of a successful organisation that is about delivering high-quality services and is valued by the people it serves.