Securing the robust and diverse leaders of tomorrow
While the London boroughs are making some small strides on gender equality, progress on ethnic diversity is much slower, writes John O'Brien.
Authorities join the jobs rush
Little indicates a sector reacting to a changing world like the emergence of exciting new job roles. Sam Clayden takes the temperature.
Stroud considers cutting workforce by 20%
Stroud DC is considering reducing its workforce by 20% over the next four years in order to plug a £3m funding gap.
A more volatile environment for senior managers
Sam Clayden reports on the alarming rise in dismissals and suspensions of chief executives and the fallout it creates.
Restructure plans on hold – but ‘not dead’
Lancashire CC’s leader could reprise controversial plans to overhaul his senior management team – despite withdrawing it from discussion at a full council meeting.
In defence of the Taylor review
Liam Booth-Smith argues that if we want better employers we need to be better consumers, too.
Regardless of leadership style, being human is essential
Following the leadership response to the Grenfell tragedy, Julie Towers says the human touch is an underestimated trait and yet is the most powerful.
We need more women leaders in the sector
Heather Jameson says local government still has a woeful record on diversity, equality and representation, but provides a snapshot of the powerful women leading the sector.
A ‘looming crisis’ or an opportunity for change?
Neil Lupin says we are experiencing a pivotal point in our sector’s history and local government needs to work intelligently to attract and retain talented senior leaders.
Top team crisis hits county
Controversial restructuring plans are at the centre of a fierce row dividing Lancashire’s senior management and political leadership teams
Number of EU nurses leaving the NHS rises
The number of nurses from EU countries leaving the NHS increased by 38% last year compared with the previous 12 months, according to official figures.
Succession planning for a fast-changing future
Jody Goldsworthy urges councils to prepare for the future as leadership roles begin to change and local authorities set out to find the next generation.
Where does the buck stop?
In the wake of the resignation of Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s chief executive over the handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Blair McPherson asks important questions about the nature of responsibility.
Dawn Baxendale: Chiefs have lost their public service raison d’être
Dawn Baxendale speaks to Sam Clayden about how Southampton City Council – and local government as a whole – will be grappling with an increasingly uncertain future
Is the apprenticeship levy an opportunity or a joke?
Tony Kirkham supports apprenticeships but says they must be developed in all shapes and sizes so they are a genuine opportunity rather than just another tax.
Chief resigns ahead of crunch hearing
Bury MBC’s suspended chief executive, Mike Owen, resigned ahead of this week’s hearing into his handling of historical child abuse allegations.
Singing and winning
Look out Britain’s Got Talent – staff at Merton LBC could be applying to be on the show very soon.
Bury set to meet over suspensions of officials
Bury MBC will discuss the future of three suspended senior officials – including chief executive Mike Owen – next week.
What can the General Election do for the public sector workforce?
Caroline Nugent lays down the key asks the PPMA is making of the new government.
Smaller BIGGER Different
A project to deliver shared ambitions for Sutton as a place will mean the council working in different ways and being more flexible, agile, outward-looking and enterprising, writes Jessica Crowe.