Warwickshire County Council
I spent seven very happy years working for Warwickshire county council, leaving at the end of 2011.
Over that time I was responsible at Head of Service/Director level for all the councils environmental services including: planning, waste management, sustainable transport, countryside, farms and smallholdings, forestry, climate change, environmental management and sustainable development across the authority.
My last major piece of work for the council was to lead its work on creativity and innovation, particularly its engagement with social enterprises and ‘staff mutuals’. You will find a copy of an interview with me on this work and a case study of Positive About Young People, the council’s first social enterprise spin- out, in the Municipal Journal of 28 July 2011 below.
My work on developing partnerships with the voluntary and community sector was recognised by obtaining the ‘Achievement of the Year’ award from the MJ in 2007 and the awards to Warwickshire Community Recycling of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management ‘Community Champion of the Year’ award in 2012 and the National Government Opportunities ‘Excellence in public procurement’ Award in 2013 – the benchmark by which public commissioning and procurement is measured. The judges commented that it was ‘one of the best examples of a joined up approach within procurement and service delivery’ that they had ever seen.
At various points I was also responsible for economic development and regeneration and the ‘resources’ function of my directorate ie asset management, HR and finance.