What do you do?

My job entails looking after internal post filling, appointments and promotions, organising external competitions and recruitment, monitoring of staff in the probationary period and performance related matters for the the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare.

What is your background?

I previously worked at the British Council in London  which at the time had contacts with the Council of Europe and I was attracted by the values that it stood for. In addition I had always wanted  to work in France and when I saw the job advertisement it seemed like a dream come true.

What do you love about your job?

The best thing about my job is, quite simply, that I'm doing something I like.  I love the human contact and the challenge of working in a multi-cultural environment which ensures there is never a dull moment. No two days are ever alike and the Council of Europe is an exciting place to work as we all have the common goal of trying to build a better Europe.

What's it like living in Strasbourg?

Strasbourg is a well‑known and charming French town on the Rhine, almost on the German border. It has a reputation  for its restaurants and good food, and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.  To the west are the Vosges mountains, on the east side in Germany the Black Forest, both well within reach for a day's outing for hiking or swimming in summer or skiing in winter.  The town is well served for cultural entertainment with its own opera, orchestra, frequent celebrity concerts and  theatres. The quality of life is very high and I very much enjoy living in such a cosmopolitan environment.