Tell me about your role
I’m Policy Officer for Employment & Skills at the LEP. Very simply, this involves supporting the development and delivery of our skills delivery plan in order to help reduce skills shortages in the GBS region, thus assisting sustainable economic growth. This can involve anything from developing partnerships to responding to government consultations, creating or summarising policy reports to working with stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of skills interventions.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I’ve only been in the role since mid-December but so far I’ve enjoyed the varied nature of the role, the new challenges it presents, and opportunities to make a positive difference to the lives of residents of the region. Oh, and working with passionate, supportive and intelligent colleagues.
What did you study at university and why?
Many years ago I completed an undergraduate degree in Geography at UCL. More recently I returned to UCL to do an MSc in Urban Studies as I find the development of cities and the relationships within them fascinating, and wanted an intellectual challenge.
What is your favourite place in the GBSLEP area and why?
As a martial artist I spend a lot of time at Gracie Barra Birmingham on Bath Row. When not on the mats I really enjoy the Clent Hills, Cannock Chase, Library of Birmingham and skateboarding at assorted locations across the region.
If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
The British geographer David Harvey, one of the founders of urban geography.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Incredibly boring answer, but it would be quite nice if I didn’t have to sleep!