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Susan is Chief Executive of Folkestone & Hythe District Council and a member of DCN’s Chief Executives Group [DCN = District Council Network
What was your first job as an adult?
Creating a national benchmarking system for the British Chambers of Commerce when I was their Business Development Exec following their sponsorship of my PhD
What’s given you the most satisfaction in your career?
Supporting all my talented staff transform the culture of the council from one that was described as “toxic” when I took over as Chief Executive to one that was recognised nationally as the fourth best not-for-profit company to work for. We’re recognised for our exceptionally engaging and empowered workforce – well done team!
What’s the most exciting thing your organisation is doing?
Creating and now delivering Otterpool Park Garden Town on council-owned and controlled land, just off junction 11 of the M20 in Kent.
What single thing – not money or devolution – could most improve local government?
All Government departments fully recognising, appreciating the value and partnering with local government in the wide range of activities we undertake in supporting our places, our communities and our passion.
What is your biggest local government annoyance?
Those who disparage and bad-mouth public servants. ☹
What keeps you up at night?
That’s a tough call: either one of my two Vizslas or one of my two teenage sons.
Tell us something surprising about yourself
When I was growing up in the 1970s, I wasn’t able to wear the highly fashionable Toe Socks (yes, you remember them!) as I have Syndactyly. My sister wasn’t allowed to either as she had to show solidarity!
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