• The regeneration gap

    21 May 2024

    As local and regional government colleagues gather in Leeds this week for UKREiiF 2024, Jonathan Swain looks at the ongoing diversity gap for the regeneration sector.

  • Be bold, be a rebel – anything is possible

    07 May 2024

    A prominent joint-appointment within Haringey has shown the value of taking a bold approach to recruitment. Here, Starfish outlines the task they were given and the positive results that emerged.

  • Brent’s big turnaround

    07 May 2024

    Brent has one of London’s highest poverty rates. Kim Wright illustrates how the council is working in partnership with several pilot initiatives to support residents hit by the cost of living crisis.

  • DCS churn nears record levels

    01 May 2024

    The number of changes in directors of children’s services (DCS) postholders has reached near record levels, it has been revealed.

  • Top Talent: Arts, culture and heritage

    01 May 2024

    In its latest Top Talent feature, Starfish introduces the rising stars of local government leading the charge in championing arts, culture and heritage within their communities.

  • Left and behind: women at work

    02 April 2024

    Building gender equality and diversity into plans for economic growth has benefits for everyone, writes Sarah Longlands.

  • Hackney through an anti-racist lens

    26 March 2024

    Dawn Carter-McDonald says Hackney LBC’s commitment to being an actively anti-racist council is at the centre of its goals and values.

  • Bear traps 

    25 March 2024

    To escape from a 'bear trap' question in an open question-and-answer session don’t try and come up with the perfect answer or solution, advises Blair Mcpherson.

  • Reimagining council operations: Hunt vs. Logic

    25 March 2024

    Claire Agutter says councils can navigate financial challenges by adopting robust strategic planning systems, implementing effective risk management, and prioritising service integration.

  • EDI – more than just letters

    13 February 2024

    For recruiters it is more important than ever to ensure your equality, diversity and inclusion approach is clear and deep-rooted in your organisation, as Anj Popat and Jo Major explain.

  • Chiefs back ethnicity pay gap reporting

    12 February 2024

    Council chiefs have backed proposals that would place a duty on local authorities to collect data and report on staffing, pay and outcomes by ethnicity.

  • Place shapers wanted

    06 February 2024

    George Agyemang and Pete John of Penna share their experiences over the past few years on the leadership talent market for place, regeneration and growth, and have strong hopes for this year.

  • Clampdown threat to diversity programmes

    24 January 2024

    The Government is to clamp down on diversity programmes as part of a drive to ‘reduce wasteful expenditure’.

  • Reflections on an active year for the sector

    17 January 2024

    Jon Dilling, Toni Hall, Dawar Hashmi and Julie Towers of Penna share their talent market insights as we head into 2024.

  • Uplifting diverse talent

    11 December 2023

    Mark Lawrence and Angela Carr of Stroud DC explain what they have gained from Solace’s AMPlify development programme supporting the progression of diverse talent in local government leadership.

  • Who wouldn’t want to be a DCS?

    27 November 2023

    As directors of children’s services gather at the National Children and Adult Services Conference, Philip Emms and Jane Parfrement reflect on the achievements of the aspirant DCS programme

  • Why prioritising EDI is business-critical

    20 November 2023

    If we want the benefits of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) it has to be worked on as a priority and be baked into the DNA of our culture, says Gordon McFarlane.

  • Inexcusable: The woeful state of diversity

    15 November 2023

    After shameful research highlighted the woeful lack of diversity in the local government workforce, Nazeya Hussain and Chris Naylor challenge the sector to speed up the painfully slow progress being made.

  • We need diverse teams of decision makers

    30 October 2023

    Kathy O 'Leary says 'there are people in our workforces and communities who need our advocacy, and we need to make a credible commitment to improvement, ensuring they are better represented and their voices are heard'.

  • The importance of Black History Month

    17 October 2023

    Penna’s Dawar Hashmi offers a reflection on diversifying leadership in local government.