• Council taking too long to tackle 'critical weaknesses'

    12 March 2020

    Gloucestershire CC is taking ‘too long to address critical weaknesses’ identified by inspectors two years ago, an Ofsted report has found.

  • Smashing the communication silence

    19 February 2020

    Rebecca Davis examines the need for communication, dialogue and trust within organisations and how pioneering programmes are developing strategies to smash the culture of silence that impedes progress

  • Predicting the workplace of 2021 (and beyond)

    19 February 2020

    In a lively session at The MJ’s recent Future Forum North event in Manchester Dr Nicola Millard, principal innovation partner at BT, looked ahead at tomorrow’s workplace. Here she outlines the seven ‘Ds’ shaping the future of work

  • The vitally important triangle

    19 February 2020

    Donna Hall says the main role of the council chief executive is ‘always triangulation, every single time’ – making sure what is being agreed ‘is the right stuff and actually happens on the ground in integrated frontline teams’

  • Be more than just good at your job

    12 February 2020

    Nicola McCoy Brown says that while she hadn’t reached her third decade of work ‘without knowing the mechanics’, ADEPT’s leadership development programme in partnership with SOLACE has given her ‘a wider network, learning and reinvention’.

  • Who you gonna call 

    10 February 2020

    If an urgent problem emerges at a local authority, whose call should a senior director return first, asks Blair Mcpherson.

  • Ofsted highlights 'serious and widespread failures' at council

    27 January 2020

    Children in Middlesbrough are being left at risk for too long because of failures in practice and leadership, Ofsted has warned.

  • Auditors in fees increase warning

    27 January 2020

    Auditors have warned a number of councils that their audit fees for 2019/20 could be more than one-fifth higher than they were expecting.

  • Council acts after planning 'collusion'

    24 January 2020

    ‘Swift action’ has been taken by Northumberland Council’s senior management after ‘several persons in positions of authority and control’ appeared to ‘collude’ with a developer.

  • Hertsmere appoints managing director following management restructure

    23 January 2020

    Sajida Bijle has been confirmed as Hertsmere BC’s new managing director following a management restructure.

  • Roney warns against complacency after damning review

    14 January 2020

    Manchester City Council’s chief executive has insisted the authority will not be complacent about child sexual exploitation after a damning review was published.

  • Wiltshire reshuffles its management team

    23 December 2019

    Wiltshire Council has decided to overhaul its leadership structure after the departure of one of its executive directors.

  • Another senior management restructure for Warrington

    10 December 2019

    Changes to Warrington Council’s senior management structure will be made, senior councillors have decided.

  • New management roles to reflect changed emphasis

    09 December 2019

    Durham Council is to create two new roles in its senior management team, partly to reflect the growing importance of climate change and the environment.

  • Council to create new director roles

    09 December 2019

    Sefton Council is to create three new executive director roles.

  • Ten of the best step up

    09 December 2019

    The 10 contestants taking part in the Local Government Challenge 2020 introduce themselves – and explain why they decided to apply and compete for the £10,000 scholarship.

  • Future Forum North: ‘Lead for the place you are trying to create’

    05 December 2019

    Chief executive of Manchester City Council and SOLACE spokesperson on leadership and learning Joanne Roney has set out a checklist for leading in a time of change and uncertainty.

  • Just very good at what they do

    04 December 2019

    What do senior managers do when they are very good at their role but realise they are increasingly unlikely to fulfil their ambition, asks Blair Mcpherson.

  • Changing places

    04 December 2019

    Paula Hewitt reports from a place leaders programme that offers the opportunity ‘to share, test ideas and draw on others’ knowledge.

  • Directors of public health have infused their specialism into a broader strategic context

    04 December 2019

    How long will it be before we see a chief executive of a council or large scale not-for-profit enterprise emerging from the modern public health sector?