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LIFE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR JEFF LAWRENSON
Jeff Lawrenson 1969 – 1973 SALFORD UNIVERSITY (STUDENT) 1973 - 1989MERSEY & WEAVER RIVER AUTHORITY NORTH WEST WATER AUTHORITY ( ASSISTANT ENGINEER – EXECUTIVE MANAGER) 1989 – 1996NATIONAL RIVERS AUTHORITY ( SENIOR MANAGER) 1996 – 2011ENVIRONMENT AGENCY (REGIONAL FLOOD RISK MANAGER)
From 1994Regional Flood Risk Manager Responsibilities Committee Annual Works Programme Capital Maintenance Flood Warning Development Control Staff Resources / Manpower Planning SCE
Key Events CUMBRIA FLOODS CARLISLE Nov 2005 KESWICK / COCKERMOUTH Jan 2009 REGIONAL BASE CONTROLLER EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL
Reflections of Life when I started Jobs were plentiful Training was plentiful Funding was plentiful The role of Engineer to the Authority was respected Work was relaxed (9-5) Not many floods
Reflections of Life when I started Design was in house Construction was in house Engineers complained that they were underpaid and misunderstood No e mails 3 Day Week / Fuel rationing
Reflections of Life when I finished Jobs were in short supply Training was restricted Funding was in short supply The role of Engineer to the Authority had disappeared Work was demanding (flexi +)
Reflections of Life when I finished Design was externalised Construction was externalised Frameworks in fashion Engineers complained that they were underpaid and misunderstood Frequent Floods
Some other changes Media and PR Public Engagement (EDD not DID) Public Funding Procurement – adversarial contracts H S & W Emergency Planning Environmental
In Future Public Funding Resources (Size of Organisation) VFM Change (gradual, event driven, political) Skills & Expertise Educated Client
Tips for a successful career Own your own development Retain Work life Balance Change or accept Take your work seriously, not yourself Be positive – Be happy
Other 2005 Photographs
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