WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
As a large unitary it is not unusual for heads of service to have considerable briefs. I head up 150 staff in various teams, with a£40m budget.
COVERING WHAT AREAS?
Forward planning, which incorporates structure plans, plus unitary development and local transport plans. We cover sustainable development. Economic development includes regeneration and inward investment. Tourism takes in leisure policy. We have rural issues and European & external funding units.
HOW DO YOU MANAGE IT ALL?
The key factor is an excellent team with the right mix of skills. You have to be focused, clear and flexible and have achievable objectives. My e-mail and mobile phone do get rather burnt up and I have to work hard, but it is enjoyable.
YOUR PREVIOUS CAREER?
I started with Lambeth LBC aged 16 as an enthusiastic junior, and rose to be a business adviser. I went to Essex CC in 1987 to develop youth enterprise centres and later took over the Essex business centre. I left as county economic development officer.
I am married with daughters of 16 and 14. I am a member of the local Prince's Trust board.
I have never especially looked out for career opportunities, for jobs that interested me. I like to see work completed and still have things to achieve here.