Paul Fisher – Operations, Partnerships and Development Manager (Libraries)
Libraries are the heart of the community and we are proud at Bexley to deliver an efficient and quality library service that has high usage. In my role, I manage a large number of front line staff, the contracts with our community libraries and specific projects relating to libraries, heritage and arts. I also manage our location filming contract – watching Tom Hardy film scenes from Taboo is a particular highlight of this part of my role!
It’s important that libraries are responsive and change to meet the needs of its communities. We recently refurbished Welling Library and worked in partnership with TheWorkary, an organisation that provides work space for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. We have an area in Welling Library designated to TheWorkary, to ensure we continue to support local businesses.
Bexley has a collaborative and integrated working culture. Recently, I’ve been working with my colleagues in the Regeneration team on our bid to become the London Borough of Culture. It’s a really exciting opportunity for our borough, as we are putting arts and culture at the centre of our growth strategy.
I work in a really supportive environment and feel that Bexley invests in its staff. The people that work here are rallied around the Council’s values and are motivated by doing the right thing for the borough and its residents.