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.
When it comes to commercialisation, we can't afford to do nothing
As councils rush to buy up commercial property, questions are being asked about the capacity and capability of the councils taking on these ventures. Hiba Mahamadi asks whether the risks are worth the financial reward.
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.
Cook to fill in when Cadman leaves
Suffolk CC’s corporate director of health, wellbeing and children’s services will step into the role of chief executive when Deborah Cadman leaves in September.
High costs make it hard to keep staff
Unaffordable housing and costly transport are the top two reasons why businesses in London find it difficult to retain staff, a new survey has revealed.
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.
All change at Birmingham
Heather Jameson talks to Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy and interim chief executive Stella Manzie about the massive changes within the authority and the city as a whole.
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.
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.
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.
Warwickshire’s new double team
Warwickshire CC’s new joint managing directors David Carter and Monica Fogarty explain how the new partnership – the first of its kind among the counties – places the authority in a prime position to succeed.
Who are the innovation policy-makers of the future?
Innovation policy has been changing fast and local authorities have to ensure they have access to the skills needed to construct policies for the future, argues Alex Glennie and Benjamin Reid.
Improving the candidate experience
Attracting good job applicants is one thing, but a poor recruitment experience can put them off for good, says Robert Peasnell.
How’s your resilience?
Blair McPherson gives a few tips on improving your ‘bounceback-abillity’ by focusing on your organisation’s resilience.
Councils need to think differently when designing cyber defences
Criminal hackers don’t stick to the rules when they are designing attacks and nor should councils when designing their defences, writes Andrew Muter.
The search for commercial minds and social hearts
While housing associations don’t always have the big salaries to offer, they do have great social and moral purpose and challenging work to offer, write Steven Burleigh and Ruth Lane.
Former Notts boss takes helm at Oxford
Gordon Mitchell has been named as the new interim chief executive at Oxford City Council.
London borough names new boss
Ian Davis has been promoted to the top job at Enfield LBC.