Tell us a little bit about yourself – your work background, your interests…
I have been with Wiltshire Council for 7 years now in a variety of roles from leisure management to HR and OD. I am currently employed as Community Engagement Manager for the Westbury community area. A really exciting and varied post that allows me to really get to know what makes our Wiltshire communities “tick”. This is not your typical 9-5 work and I guess that is part of the attraction for me. One day I’ll be meeting a community group who want to develop a local project, the next I’m at an evening meeting with elected members devolving services to the public or agreeing an asset transfer of a facility. I am married with 4 young children, you have no idea (or maybe you do) how busy it is with a 6 year old, 5 year twins and an 18 month old! We are a really active family with the children involved in everything from kickboxing to horse riding – neither of which I am any good at might I add! In what little spare time my wife and I have together away from the children we like to eat out and are big fans of red wine – again I know nothing about it other than it tastes good.
What makes you have a good day at work?
A good day at work for me is made up of helping local communities do more for themselves. The Wiltshire Council ethos of not being a local authority that does things to people but rather allows them to do more for themselves is what my role is all about. Some of the best days are meeting enthusiastic community groups who have big plans and ambition for their town or village. It is great to see the passion and commitment that exists within Wiltshire and being able to assist with grant funding makes it all the better.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I don’t know about daring but certainly a little embarrassing was appearing on a recent television advert for a well known online electrical retail company. The advert has played on national television and I think it’s safe to say that I won’t be giving up the day job any time soon.
If you could have dinner with any four individuals living or dead who would they be? Rik Mayall – comedy genius Jeremy Clarkson – obnoxious and controversial Ian Wright – Arsenal legend Chuck “the ice man” Liddell – UFC Hall of Famer
What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council? The flexibility in working hours is a god send for someone like myself with such a hectic home life. I might occasionally send an email at 06:30 or 22:30 but that means I haven’t missed sports day or the nativity play at the children’s school. Wiltshire Council recognises the importance of a work-life balance and you can’t put a price on that.