HEAD OF STRATEGIC HOUSING AT TRAFFORD MBC
WHAT DO YOU DO?
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.