For Alex Fradley, a career in West Norfolk has given him the opportunity to fulfil his potential, and access a fantastic quality of life.
Having joined the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk as a Temporary Graduate Planner in 2014, Alex has enjoyed significant progression. Alex, who holds a master’s degree in Town and Planning, has recently been promoted to a Principal Planner. Explained Alex: “I am a key member of the team responsible for the Borough Council’s Local Plan which sets out our high level policies and aspiration to 2026.”
“I really enjoy my role because it allows me to shape the place for the future. I also really appreciate the variety of the job – I get out and about on visits, courses, and in meetings with local communities.”
Alex has found that West Norfolk offers an inspiring working environment. He said: “The borough is mainly rural with a strong heritage. There are also urban areas and around one hundred parishes. This allows me a rich variety in my work. “
In just a few years, Alex has enjoyed significant career success with the Borough Council and believes this has been made possible because of the support, opportunity and access to development he has been given by his employer. But, for Alex, what also makes the Borough Council such a great place to work is the focus on work/life balance. Said Alex: “I am supported as a person, it is recognised that I have a life outside of work and I can work flexibly.”
The lifestyle is a major pull for Alex who lives in West Norfolk with his wife and three year old son. “A few years ago, we bought a 1972 VW camper van. Most weekends we hit the open road and within 30 minutes of leaving work we can be on the beach or in the forest relaxing for a few days.”
“The lifestyle on offer, with the natural environment and the connectivity to Cambridge / London makes West Norfolk a great place to live.
“You spend so much time at work in life, I think it’s not only really important to enjoy your job, the people you work with and who you work for, but that you are able to enjoy life outside of work. West Norfolk offers that opportunity.”