Tanusha Naidoo, Planning manager (London-Belfast) for Capita Local Public Services

Ten questions with Tanusha Naidoo, Planning manager who oversees teams of town planners in London and Belfast.

Tell us about your role at Capita Local Public Services?

I manage teams of town planners in London and Belfast. The team in London provide development management services for the London Borough of Barnet, while the team in Belfast provide resilience services to a number of different Local Authorities across the UK. Each Authority we support has its own unique set of requirements and challenges. The continuous adaptation need to best meet these is what makes my role so interesting.

What is your biggest success or proudest moment at Capita?

…This is a lot like, Sophie’s choice…

In truth, I do not think I have a singular greatest moment per se. Don’t get me wrong there have been many prestigious development projects that I am incredibly proud to be associated with (for example the delivery of a contentious new school earlier this year) but, I think what I am most proud off, is being afforded the opportunity to manage and mentor so many promising individuals within the organization and more over to see them go on make a an actual difference in the community. 

To my mind helping people reach their potential is hugely satisfying and I would count every one of those as my magnum opus. 

If you could describe Capita in three words, what would it be?

Pioneering, professional, adaptable 

What do you like most about your role?

I love that my role is unencumbered by the status quo. As I write this today, the Belfast Team constitutes a small team of Town Planners supporting Capita teams in London, Newcastle and Breckland but, looking forward, the sky is the limit. The team are already looking at the possibility of working with Local Councils in Northern Ireland as our Belfast office grows.  The prospect of creating jobs to serve the local community in delivering great planning outcomes is hugely exiting to me.

Tell us something people might not know about Capita?

Whilst many are of the view Capita Local Public Services is new to the market, we have been doing this for more than 30 years and with that we bring a breath of experience to the table.

Over to you…
When you were a child, what did you dream of being when you grew up?

Ice-cream taster... need I say more.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am firm believer in the principles of "eat, drink and be merry" which I supplement with exploring new countries.

Bar that, I'm partial to daily 6am trips to the gym and baking odd and weird cakes (My loved ones are very supportive of my peculiar baking habits – only slightly worrying).

If you had to eat just one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Pesto gnocchi with a full bodied red.

What was the best piece of advice you ever received?

Start as you mean to go on.

Tell us something people might not know about you

I was possibly the vainest teenager ever...

I grew up in a little beach town off the east coast of South Africa, where the warm currents of the Indian Ocean caressed the shores and invited you in like an old familiar friend. I enjoyed that beach at every available opportunity, but I never learnt to swim until I left those shores for cold, grey and ever so charming London. Teenage messy wet hair was not cool - The height of vanity. 

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