Josephine

I'm really proud of the work we do at HM Treasury. In government we deal with huge sums of public money that we have a responsibility to spend wisely and to best effect. HMT is right at the centre of this, coordinating how we manage our obligations.

How do you explain your role to your friends and family?

My role in spending control is scrutiny and oversight of the Department for Communities & Local Government's communities budget. I work with DCLG to ensure the government achieves value for money on policies relating to housing, devolution, local growth and strong communities.

Can you tell us about specific policy-related projects you’ve led or made an impact on?

I’m currently working with DCLG on a project reviewing past flood recovery schemes and thinking through what schemes should be in place in the event of future flooding incidents. It’s really satisfying to contribute to improving how the Government helps people affected by flooding.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The thing I enjoy most about my role is how stretching it is, and the breadth and variety of issues I’m able to get involved in. You’re required to process a lot of information quite quickly and be very on the ball.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

The biggest challenge so far has been getting to grips with the context and the relationships which sit behind policy issues. A lot of issues have a long history to them which you might not know unless you were around when the decisions were made, but need to be considered when making decisions in future.

Finally, what would you say to someone thinking of applying?

Before I applied I wish someone had told me about the level of training there is available. The GDP is for generalists, but you’re supported to develop more specialist knowledge needed to do your job well. I also wish someone had told me about how the cohort set-up works. You start at the same time as 30 other people, which is great as there’s a group of you in the same boat who can support each other.