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…