CAREERS: HOW I GOT HERE - Simon Brammer, director, London Cycling Campaign

What was your first job? I was a griddle chef in a very greasy motorway cafe.

What does your current role involve? The London Cycling Campaign works to ensure that London becomes a world-class cycling city. As director, it is my responsibility to lead the organisation into its future strategic direction while balancing the needs of various stakeholders and ensuring we can afford to fund it. My role involves an awful lot of listening.

Roughly outline your career path. While at Plymouth University I was a part-time youth worker. After qualifying in social policy, I became a training officer at a London health authority. Following a masters degree in health promotion, I really wanted to work on health inequalities in the inner city, so I moved to a post in central London that facilitated work through multi-agency partnerships. I then progressed into managing library services and then into health service senior management. After three years, I was ready to apply my skills and knowledge to a new and exciting setting, hence the move to the London Cycling Campaign in February.

What training course has most enhanced your career? I am only halfway through a masters degree in leadership, which I started through a scholarship programme in my previous job, but I think this will be the one. Having the time to reflect in such a busy role is a real luxury.

What has been your greatest career achievement? Making the difficult step from the statutory sector to the voluntary one. It involves being very much outside my comfort zone. Some might say it's character-building but it's a little scary at times.

What is your advice to people starting out in the sector? Network, network, network. Being able to draw on the experience, support and skills of others is absolutely essential.

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