My current job is that of Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for Strategy and Training. The position was advertised to all eligible candidates and following an interview process, I was notified of my success by letter.
Describe a typical day?
A typical day involves routine tasks like dealing with correspondence, replying to emails and returning telephone calls. A large proportion of my day is taken up with meetings. I chair Project Boards on a variety of projects including IT and Telecommunications, Community Policing and change and modernisation projects.
The purpose of the Project Boards is to plan future activities that are necessary to ensure the successful delivery of the project. There are also meetings with external agencies - government departments, community groups, consultants.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
My remit as Assistant Commissioner for Strategy and Training includes responsibility for a range of sections including community relations, change management, IT, telecommunications and the Garda College.
What are the main challenges?
The challenge is to manage projects to ensure that they are delivered on time, according to the plan and within budget. It is also a challenge to strike a balance between the day-to-day tasks and maintaining a strategic perspective.
Achieving, getting things done that make a difference.
What's not so cool?
Failing to deliver on plans.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
Energy, motivation, application and interest in what I do.