First day and first blog

Hello and welcome to the first edition of my blog.

Today is my first official day in the office – I have been lucky in being able to spend quite a bit of time around the county before today, and have been really impressed by everyone I have met.  However, probably like everyone starting a new role, I feel both hugely excited and slightly daunted about what seems to have been a long ‘run-in’ period now becoming reality!

I hope to get out to meet many of you over the next few weeks and months wherever you work in the county, and to listen to your ideas about how we can further improve the things we do for our customers.  I have always believed that people dealing day to day with our customers have the best ideas about how to further improve our services to them, and I am keen to put those beliefs into practice here.

My first week is going to be fairly busy with a number of ‘getting to know you’ meetings with staff and partners, as well as my first meeting of the Staffordshire Chief Executives Group, that brings together all the Chief Executives of the Districts in the County, together with the Chief Executive from Stoke and myself.  There are many opportunities to become more customer focused and efficient that we can only grasp by working with all of our partners. I am very hopeful that this will be the first of many meetings where we can generate even more momentum to make a real difference on the ground.

I managed to get a few days break between jobs and I hope that others had the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine last week and at the weekend – its been a rarity so far this year but hopefully it’s the sign of a good summer to come.  I do, though, feel extremely sorry for those people who have had their flights and holidays disrupted by the volcanic ash from Iceland and I know that some colleagues in the Council are still stuck abroad trying to get home.  They, together with those who have had to cancel or change holidays at late notice, have my sympathy.

Finally it is turning out to be yet another busy week in the Bell household – we were lucky to get a quick offer on our house in January, but exchange of contracts has taken forever and looks like it might be resolved this week (fingers crossed) so we are all on tenterhooks as we can’t commit to a property around here until we have exchanged.  Until then looks like I’ll be living out of a suitcase….

Bye for now

Nick

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