Workwise this has been my first full year working at the University of Birmingham, which I absolutely love!
I’ve been helping to set up the new “Combined Authority” which covers the Black Country, Brum, Solihull and Coventry. I’m mainly working on “public service reform” and sorting the research needs of the authority.
I’m also doing lots of work on how councils can make better use of “evidence” such as research, and just started a part-time PhD (eek!)
I’m lucky to get to visit Birmingham centre quite often, catching up with City Council colleagues and of course the excellent Yorks Bakery Café and Java.
Outside work I’m enjoying frequent Scrabble defeats at the hands of my offspring, trying to keep up with 20 yr old students in Zumba, and recovering from Dance Fitness each Monday!