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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.

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1 LIFE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR JEFF LAWRENSON

2 Jeff Lawrenson 1969 – 1973 SALFORD UNIVERSITY (STUDENT) MERSEY & WEAVER RIVER AUTHORITY NORTH WEST WATER AUTHORITY ( ASSISTANT ENGINEER – EXECUTIVE MANAGER) 1989 – 1996NATIONAL RIVERS AUTHORITY ( SENIOR MANAGER) 1996 – 2011ENVIRONMENT AGENCY (REGIONAL FLOOD RISK MANAGER)

3 From 1994Regional Flood Risk Manager Responsibilities Committee Annual Works Programme Capital Maintenance Flood Warning Development Control Staff Resources / Manpower Planning SCE

4 Key Events CUMBRIA FLOODS CARLISLE Nov 2005 KESWICK / COCKERMOUTH Jan 2009 REGIONAL BASE CONTROLLER EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

5 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

6 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

7 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 +)

8 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

9 Some other changes Media and PR Public Engagement (EDD not DID) Public Funding Procurement – adversarial contracts H S & W Emergency Planning Environmental

10 In Future Public Funding Resources (Size of Organisation) VFM Change (gradual, event driven, political) Skills & Expertise Educated Client

11 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

12 Carlisle Irishgate

13 Willowholme

14 Other 2005 Photographs

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