Take ten with Robbie Redpath, a Streetworks Manager in North Tyneside for Capita Local Public Services.
Life at Capita…
1. Tell us about your role at Capita Local Public Services?
I’m manager of the Streetworks team on North Tyneside. We essentially co-ordinate all the road openings in the borough. In 2015 we became the first local authority in the North East to introduce a permit scheme. It means utility companies, as well as our own highways team, need to book time on the network by obtaining a permit in advance.
The permit scheme is self-funding, whatever we make covers the cost of delivering the service, which has enabled us to grow the team. It means, for example, we now inspect 100 per cent of road openings when in the past it was around 10 per cent. Thanks to the permit scheme, we’ve got a really good hold on what’s going on. When a ward member rings up to ask what’s happening somewhere, we have the answer. More generally, we’re helping to keep traffic flowing on the network.
2. What is your biggest success or proudest moment at Capita?
Prior to transferring to Capita from North Tyneside Council, I was really proud of all the major highway schemes I helped develop and deliver, including the access roads to Cobalt Business Park. Helping to set-up Parking service when enforcement was decriminalised. I’m also proud to have developed the Streetworks team to what it is today.
3. If you could describe Capita in three words, what would it be?
A well-timed partnership. I believe that without Capita’s partnership with North Tyneside Council, some services would no longer have been able to function properly.
4. What do you like most about your role?
The people that I work with and the satisfaction of getting the occasional ‘thank you’ from residents.
5. Tell us something people might not know about Capita Local Public Services?
I think the organisation is excellent at supporting young members of staff to develop, gain qualifications and provide a path to promotion.
Over to you…
6. When you were a child, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
A long distance lorry driver. When I was young my dad had a car, which was fairly unusual then. For holidays he would takes us camping down the west coast and we’d come back up the east coast. I used to see the big wagons and I always said I would drive one. I knew I couldn’t drive an HGV until I was 21 so I joined the TA at 17 and got my HGV licence through that.
7. What do you do in your spare time?
I like keeping active used to play football but when my body started telling me it was time to stop, I got into cycling. I organise an annual Coast to Coast cycle ride at work for charity. I like my 70s and 80s music and try to get to as many festivals I can – I went to about 10 last year. The best one was at Hyde Park which Frankie Valli was headlining. And I also love my caravan, which I’ve had for three years. We use it to get away every other weekend.
8. If you had to eat just one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Sausage roll, peas and gravy.
9. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
Never look back.
10. Tell us something people might not know about you?
I coached a street hockey team that became European champions.