Category: testimonial, training, enforcement, DVSA, traffic examiner, investigation, self-assessment
You used to work on the front line, what was your role?
I was a traffic examiner from 1999 to 2004, mainly conducting investigations with one or two road checks a week. I really enjoyed it. Before that I was involved in enforcement training within DVLA, and the self-assessment tax project in HMRC.
How has your career within DVSA progressed?
In 2005 I became an intelligence officer. This is a great role where you get to experience working with other government agencies and the police on a weekly basis. You also play a significant part in successfully targeting the non-compliant, which can be incredibly rewarding.
In 2007, I became the southern regional intelligence coordinator, which again was a fantastic role; managing intelligence officers and teams across the south, and having an impact on the success of targeted enforcement in DVSA. It also gave me the opportunity to get involved with wider parts of the agency.
What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned in this time?
That DVSA is a diverse agency, with many teams, projects and systems and that ultimately, we’re all working towards making Britain’s roads safer.
I also feel that hobbies, interests and activities outside of work can really help with the skills and competencies you need for your job, and vice versa.
For example, I’m currently the chairperson for a music charity, raising funds to buy musical instruments for local schoolchildren. I think there’s a link between how I perform in my role in the charity, and how I interact at work.
What does your current role involve?
My current role involves helping to deliver the 5-year strategy, and acting as a liaison between the CEO, chair of the executive committee, members of the executive committee and corporate senior leaders (CSLs).
I am here to help remove barriers to help the executive committee make decisions faster.
This involves gathering research, analysing it and presenting it clearly.
Initially, I am getting to grips with the wider agency too, as I am primarily from an enforcement background.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to the opportunities this role will offer me, in helping to drive and implement DVSA’s 5-year strategy.
I’m really proud to work for DVSA, and look forward to the continued developments within our agency.
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