A new journey

For me, this isn’t just the end of the 2017 Local Government Challenge. This is also the end of my time working for Coventry City Council. After three years in the Public Health department, I am leaving Coventry and the U.K. to go on an extended honeymoon adventure with my new husband. Over the next…

Last reflections on life in local government

I have learned a lot from three years working at Coventry City Council and six months taking part on the 2017 Local Government Challenge. As I’ve progressed through the challenges I’ve continuously reflected  on the main lessons I’ve learned, and these are my final pearls of wisdom Local government is politics – you can’t ‘do’…

The final countdown

At the end of the fourth challenge in Gloucester, we were told that the fifth challenge would be in Birmingham, but not at the Council. When I quizzed Ami on the way back and found out that we were going to the West Midlands Combined Authority I felt both a sense of relief (that this…

A day in the life of a local government officer (what it’s really like)

Over the last six months I’ve enjoyed the Local Government Challenge, but I’ve also enjoyed writing about it, learning from it and sharing my reflections with friends, family and colleagues. I’ve been asked a few times to write a blog on what I do when I’m not busy scaling Gloucester cathedral or developing rescue plans…

Harder, better, faster, stronger

The fourth challenge in Gloucester was the hardest, fastest but also the best yet. We may not have emerged victorious, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

The half-time pep talk

With three challenges down, and two challenges plus the final to go, it’s time for a bit of reflection and motivation ahead of this week’s next Local Government Challenge in Gloucester.

Back to the Future

For the third challenge, we were off to Harrow Council in North West London. Having lived in Harrow for the first 19 years of my life, it was great to go back “home”, but Harrow Council also felt like an organisation that’s ahead of the game in the way it works and its aspirations for…

If I were in charge for a day…

For our second challenge we had to take charge of a fictional local authority, and we faced a number of surprises along the way.

The Learning

As the video from the first challenge in Swale is launched and the second challenge approaches, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned so far that I will take into the next challenge, and back to my everyday work: Try to keep an open mind and don’t make assumptions – I had assumed that Swale was going…

Taking the lead

Team Captain for the first Local Government Challenge at Swale Borough Council!

It started with an email

Anyone up for the Local Government Challenge 2017? It’s like ‘The Apprentice’ but for local government.

About Me

A little bit of background on me and why I started this blog