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Chris Naylor
Chris Naylor
Chief executive, Barking and Dagenham Council
Pastimes ● November 29, 2019

I’m a bit of a northern Methodist. I’m motivated to do this. My work isn’t a means to an end – it is the end, right? I’ve got quite a large, young family: I have four kids, my wife has got a big job, and I’m at the point in my life where it’s kind of like I’m on a mission.

This feels like quite a pivotal moment, when a lot of things that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, and have been doing for quite a long time, are coming together in one place.

I’ve had some pretty difficult jobs. I was director of finance in Tower Hamlets for five years, which I think of as high-altitude training. There were times when ...

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