DESCRIBE YOUR JOB?
I am the principal officer for the enforcement of planning controls. I manage a four-strong team that deals with breaches of planning permission, conditions, listed buildings, etc. The basic remit
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND
I was educated at a comprehensive in Oxfordshire, and then when to university in Cardiff where I obtained a degree in town planning, and latterly a diploma.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
I had a year out from my diploma course, at the then Rhondda BC. The difficulties faced by a small Welsh valley community to improve its environment, while at the same time promoting inward investment, fired my imagination and kept me working in Wales.
I am interested in rugby and golf although I only now manage to play the latter. I also enjoy cycling and am interested in computers.
DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERVIEW TIPS?
Conduct research into the job you are applying for, and relax - the more you want it the less likely you are to get it.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
I hope to move into senior management, but preferably within the development control field.
WHAT IS THE WORST JOB YOU HAVE EVER HAD?
The council I worked for merged with three others after local government reorganisation in Wales. I ended up as one of two officers in a remote office covering the area of one of the former councils. Two officers were dealing with an area previously covered by five people and the service offered to the public was appalling.
WHAT HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR career?
Seeing the difference the planning process can make to improve the appearance and character of an area - sometimes over a long time. It helps to remember this when you shiver your way through a wet winter afternoon on site.