• Detailed improvement plan for North Kesteven

    24 January 2022

    North Kesteven DC has proposed a detailed improvement plan – including sharing more senior management responsibilities - despite receiving a glowing peer review.

  • Hello 2022

    19 January 2022

    Neil Lupin takes a look at what this year brings for the sector, and assesses the immediate future for interims.

  • Two more council partnerships scrapped

    18 January 2022

    Two more council partnerships have been scrapped, it has emerged.

  • Liverpool auditor seeks corruption investigation

    14 January 2022

    Calls have been made for further investigations into the extent of alleged bribery and corruption at Liverpool City Council.

  • Achieving great things for Kingston

    11 January 2022

    Kingston RLBC won the senior leadership team of the year category of The MJ Awards 2021. Great staff have come together to collectively own the budget and quickly transform lives, writes Ian Thomas.

  • Pride in Plymouth puts the city on top

    11 January 2022

    Plymouth City Council’s ambition, community engagement and effective partnership working earned it The MJ’s Local Authority of the Year award. Michael Burton reports.

  • Management team split for Hampshire councils

    06 January 2022

    East Hampshire DC and Havant BC will establish their own management teams after a 12-year partnership, the councils have announced.

  • Why do bosses call so many meetings?

    16 December 2021

    Meetings can be time consuming, costly, stressfully, unproductive and unpopular, so is there still a point to them, asks Blair Mcpherson.

  • Ongoing tensions highlighted at Edinburgh

    13 December 2021

    An independent review of whistleblowing and the wider culture at Edinburgh City Council has highlighted the impact of ongoing tensions between elected members.

  • Coventry restructure after trio depart

    06 December 2021

    Coventry City Council is to restructure its top team following the news of three senior departures, including the retirement of deputy chief executive Gail Quinton.

  • Commissioners to monitor Slough improvement plan

    26 October 2021

    Mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture contributed to Slough Council’s financial meltdown, two Government-ordered reviews have concluded.

  • Mastering yourself is true power

    20 October 2021

    A debate at the recent Solace Summit reminded Kathy O'Leary that to effectively lead others, leaders first need to successfully lead themselves.

  • Calling in the bridge-builders

    12 October 2021

    Effective co-operation between central and local government relies as much on people acting as ‘bridge-builders’ to navigate the differences in approach as it is does on any hard skills writes John Copps.

  • Thanet issued with rare Section 24

    12 October 2021

    ‘Serious concerns about the ability of senior officers to work together’ has led to cash-strapped Thanet DC being issued with a rare Section 24 notice.

  • Peers find 'strong and effective leadership' at council

    24 September 2021

    Telford & Wrekin Council has ‘strong and effective’ political and managerial leadership, Local Government Association peers have found.

  • Chief and leader at odds over government intervention request

    20 September 2021

    Tensions between Thanet DC’s chief executive and leader have erupted into the open after the latter asked the Government to intervene in the council.

  • Penna view

    18 August 2021

    Using a packed calendar of one-to-one sessions, group mental health support webinars and other events, during the last 18 months Penna provided interims with the support many were lacking, says Toni Hall.

  • Workforce churn will continue for some time, say sector experts

    18 August 2021

    Recruitment experts have warned the COVID-19 pandemic could mean workforce churn in the sector persists for some time to come.

  • More than just a recruiter

    17 August 2021

    In the post-pandemic world, recruiters have the opportunity to take a fresh look at how they view their interim candidates – and in particular how they support and care for them. Gemma Stevenson-Coupe outlines how Solace have approached this issue.

  • Mind the gap

    17 August 2021

    An increasing number of senior managers in local government have announced their retirement and councils are finding it harder to recruit. Martin Ford examines the challenges and looks towards solutions.