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WORK LIFE-TOMORROW'S PEOPLE

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MUSHTAQ KHAN ...
MUSHTAQ KHAN

HEAD OF STRATEGIC HOUSING AT TRAFFORD MBC

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I head the council's strategic housing function.

WHAT DOES THAT INVOLVE?

I am responsible for housing strategy, homelessness, sheltered housing and other non-landlord areas.

IS YOUR JOB DESK BOUND?

Increasingly, though you should not just stick at a desk in housing. It is about working with people in their homes and environment. I try to get out and see things on the ground.

ARE YOU ON ANY COUNCIL WORKING GROUPS?

I am on three : the housing group, the services for older people group, and I lead the supporting people group.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN IN HOUSING?

I began in 1986 as a housing management trainee with Birmingham City Council and joined Calderdale MBC in 1989. I had various housing management jobs there and came to Trafford as assistant director of housing in 1998.

WHAT WAS YOUR DEGREE?

I have a BSc in metallurgy materials, a Chartered Institute of Housing qualification and a diploma in management studies.

HOW DO YOU RELAX?

With sport. I fail Norman Tebbit's criteria badly, because I support Pakistan at cricket, even though I was born here. I am a keen Blackburn Rovers supporter and do Tai Kwondo Korean martial arts.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR FUTURE CAREER?

I have no plan, but I enjoy what I am doing. Housing is important. If you sort out people's housing you sort out other things.

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