Assistant Director, Suffolk County Council
Why did you get into social care?
It was never a deliberate choice. I have worked in local government for 16 years and managed social care front line teams for more than 10 years as part of my role. Social care is just one of the areas that I work in.
What are the major challenges LAs face these days?
I think that all Local Authorities face rising demand for services and a steadily reducing budget. The challenges in health, social care and education are that the needs of the people that we are supporting are more complex and therefore expensive.
How do you address these problems at Suffolk?
In Suffolk County Council we are ambitious for the people who live in Suffolk. We take a Council wide approach to budget planning and transformation. We build programmes of change that focus on improving the outcomes of people who live here whilst delivering value for money.
At work, designing and delivering the system transformation programme. This was an £8m investment to replace our social care system in adults’ and children’s services, in just 4 years!
Worst job you’ve ever had?
I honestly couldn’t say any of my jobs have been that bad. I have always liked to have a laugh and I think that has always got me through any dark days at work!
What car do you drive?
I drive a 1 series BMW.
Top holiday destination
Too difficult to narrow it down to one place, here’s my top 3!
- Vegas…everyone should experience this once!
- Canada…it’s vast but beautiful. Vancouver Island would be top of my list and specifically Tofino.
- The highlands of Scotland…no explanation needed. If you haven’t been, add it to your to do list.
Desert Island essential
The people in my world that I can’t do without!
“The Stand” by Stephen King. I also love the Harry Potter books, so have to give them a mention.
Interests outside work
Gardening, generally outdoor stuff. I love live music and try and see at least one live performance a month, even if I’ve never heard of the band!
Coffee retailers (!)
Top TV programme
I don’t really watch TV but when I do, I like things like Homeland, House of Cards and crime dramas.
I couldn’t write it on here I am afraid!
60 Seconds with...Tracy Lindeman