• Cost of living crisis loomed large at The MJ Forum

    18 May 2022

    Heather Jameson says it was clear from The MJ Future Forum that the sector is facing a massive agenda. 'But what is perhaps more of a surprise is how little the Queen’s Speech addressed the main issues and captured the zeitgeist of the forum.

  • Future Forum: Sector must take lead on diversity

    12 May 2022

    Councils should ‘think outside the box’ when recruiting to senior positions, The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.

  • New Solace hire to improve sector diversity

    26 April 2022

    Senior officers' organisation Solace is recruiting a new officer in a drive to improve diversity.

  • Going in a new direction at Runnymede

    20 April 2022

    Runnymede BC recruits in a small but competitive market, and to operate effectively for residents, and meet modern employees’ expectations, it has been transforming how it works, says Paul Turrell.

  • Building a diverse workforce ecosystem

    13 April 2022

    Charlotte Croffie highlights why inclusive leadership is vital in todays evolving world, and how a workforce that reflects its community can truly benefit your organisation.

  • Council leader bemoans lack of diversity in interim market

    04 April 2022

    The leader of crisis-hit Slough BC has said the interim market is made up of ‘pale stale males’ as the council looks to make senior recruitment reflect the diversity of the borough.

  • A sense of belonging

    30 March 2022

    When equality, diversity and inclusion are a golden thread weaved into the wider organisational strategy, it just becomes business as usual and the standard, expected way of working, as Darra Singh explains.

  • The difference makers

    22 March 2022

    Rebecca Davis looks at how the landscape of the sector will continue to evolve over the next 12 months, and that supporting ‘our people’ – both internally and externally – will be more important than ever.

  • HMJ: Progress on racial equality not ‘far or fast enough’

    15 March 2022

    Trust leaders are ‘angry and frustrated’ over the slow pace of progress on race equality, according to a new survey by NHS Providers.

  • Breaking the bias in Stockport

    08 March 2022

    On International Women’s Day, leader of Stockport MBC Cllr Elise Wilson outlines the positive steps being  taken to improve equality both within the council, across the borough and in the wider Greater Manchester region.

  • Let’s reflect and represent communities’ diversity

    07 March 2022

    This International Women’s Day offers a great chance for local government to reflect on the scale of ambition needed to make itself more representative of the people it stands for, says Erica Roscoe.

  • We can all play a leading role

    02 March 2022

    Leadership comes in many forms, and as Neil Lupin reflects on the countless examples being displayed both on a local level and abroad, he finds that leadership is not just the preserve of those ‘in charge’.

  • Using data to support Bradford’s vulnerable through COVID

    19 January 2022

    Bradford City Council won the Building Diversity and Inclusion category of The MJ Awards for a partnership project working with vulnerable communities using data-led interventions to keep people safe during COVID. Kersten England explains.

  • Essex CC's levelling up plans 'genuinely trailblazing'

    06 January 2022

    Essex CC’s strategy and initiatives for levelling up across the county were praised today as ‘genuinely trailblazing’ by co-chair of The Purpose Coalition Justine Greening.

  • Supporting Lewisham’s diverse retailers

    13 December 2021

    Cllr Damien Egan outlines how Lewisham is responding to a survey of the post-pandemic challenges faced by high street businesses, including black, Asian and minority ethnic retailers.

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    01 December 2021

    The MJ and Penna’s annual survey of council chief executives reveals resilience and the ability to adapt have become reasons for the sector to celebrate, yet respect and recognition outside the sector is still lacking. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Councils' USP is their focus on employees as people

    24 November 2021

    Sue Atkinson, Anne Sullivan and Sonia Tanda at Penna say it's time to talk about your council's diversity and inclusion strategy, physical and mental health initiatives and your organisational culture.

  • Leading the way on diversity and inclusion in Hertfordshire

    02 November 2021

    The shocking murders of George Floyd and Sarah Everard have further strengthened Hertfordshire’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and tackling harassment and abuse, says Owen Mapley.

  • A time of Black pride – Celebrating #ProudToBe this BHM

    13 October 2021

    Celebrating Black History Month, Penna’s diversity and inclusion leader, Alexis Curtis-Harris, gives her perspective on why she’s ‘Proud to Be Black’.

  • A diverse challenge for the sector

    06 October 2021

    Recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce across the sector has never been more important. Steve Guest looks at how Solace is approaching this challenge at a systemic and operational level.