• Dealing with disciplinary investigations

    18 June 2019

    Serious disciplinary allegations against a chief executive or other statutory officer are never welcome news, say Sarah Lamont and Judith Barnes as they outline the mechanisms to be put in place and what councils will need to focus on.

  • Breaking the non-disclosure habit?

    18 June 2019

    Non-disclosure clauses in employment settlements are often being used by employers to cover up complaints of harassment and discrimination, says a select committee report. To what extent is this the case in local government? Ann McGauran reports

  • Wirral appoints interim chief executive

    13 June 2019

    Paul Satoor has been appointed as interim chief executive of Wirral MBC.

  • 'Stuck in the past'

    13 June 2019

    Campaigners have claimed parts of local government are ‘still stuck firmly in the past’ after a chief broke cover to reveal her council’s sexist culture.

  • A crackdown on sexism is the first step towards equality

    12 June 2019

    For a senior woman in local government to be subjected to comments about her 'good breeding hips' is appalling, says Heather Jameson - and 'let's not even get started on BAME representation'.

  • Still the right person for the job 

    10 June 2019

    Blair McPherson outlines the virtues of staying put, of resilience, and of not playing the blame game.

  • How AI is already transforming the workplace

    07 June 2019

    Andrew Grant explains how AI is only a part of Aylesbury Vale DC's 'aggressive digital transformation approach', and he says it needs to be embraced by 'any organisation calling itself modern or relevant.

  • Charnwood chief to retire

    05 June 2019

    The chief executive of Charnwood BC has announced he will be retiring in the summer.

  • Has the sector turned its back on the race to the bottom mentality?

    05 June 2019

    We need to be honest in local government about the value of attracting high calibre people, according to Claire Kober.

  • Doncaster to name acting chief executive

    03 June 2019

    Damian Allen has been recommended to step in following the departure of Jo Miller.

  • Wirral chief executive announces departure

    29 May 2019

    Wirral BC’s chief executive is to leave the council to head the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

  • Turning around the turnover problem

    28 May 2019

    The average length of tenure for directors of children’s services is four years. Lucy Butler asks why they stay in the sector for such a short time and if anything can be done to stem the flow of losses.

  • The sector must switch to long-term thinking

    28 May 2019

    Chris Barrow of Penna asks: 'What is being done to attract the so-called Generation Z to the sector?'

  • Chief executive and two deputies placed on 'special leave'

    24 May 2019

    The chief executive and two deputy chief executives at a Lancashire authority have been asked to temporarily step down from their roles.

  • Creating a compassionate council

    22 May 2019

    Robert Moran’s vision for Elmbridge is to ensure compassion runs through all of the work of the council – benefiting both residents and employees

  • Recruiting for Liverpool’s future

    15 May 2019

    Liverpool City Council is recruiting more social workers to cut workloads and improve outcomes for children in an unprecedented investment, says Steve Reddy

  • Bringing town and gown together

    08 May 2019

    David Harvey hopes the signing of a statement of intent between Westminster City Council and King's College London will enable it to increasingly tap into the skills within the university

  • Mind the gap

    08 May 2019

    Local government has made progress in narrowing the gender pay gap since last year – but solutions need to be in place for much longer to have an impact.

  • ‘It starts with our staff’

    24 April 2019

    Debbie Warren outlines how the launch of staff values and awards, promoting collaborative working, and concentrating resources in the spots that need them most is steering Greenwich RLBC’s workforce in a new direction despite challenging times.

  • A day in the life

    24 April 2019

    Staff from district councils put their future leadership talents to the test during this year’s District Councils’ Network Leadership Challenge Day. Ann McGauran reports on the highlights.