Adele Taylor is interim executive director of finance and Governance at Cherwell and South Northamptonshire
Putting it on paper
An 'extremely long piece of paper' helped her finance team to understand 'what an integral part they have to play for our stakeholders', says Adele Taylor.
Being creative local leaders is more important than ever
In the context of the current funding risks and uncertainty, councils need to be thinking even more creatively about how they can take a leadership role in terms of solving some of the issues facing our communities, argues Adele Taylor.
Banbury broadens its offer for residents
Cherwell DC bought the existing shopping centre in Banbury and the site for a new leisure and retail expansion. The council has a responsibility to ensure the success of these investments and of the town, says Adele Taylor
Letting teams redesign their own way to success
Adele Taylor says the impressive results of a LEAN approach to eliminating waste show that involving the very people who undertake tasks in redesigning a process means they are more invested in making it work.
We need sustainable funding
We are lurching towards schemes where we can deliver something good or extra just because there is a new 'one-off' pot of cash that can be exploited, says Adele Taylor.
Financial chiefs need to be bridge builders and broadcasters
Finance 'needs to be a visible force' as planning begins for beyond 2020, says Adele Taylor.
We still need to plan for the medium-term
Adele Taylor explains why a medium-term financial strategy is still important for councils, despite the funding unknowns after 2020.
Crunching those numbers in super-quick time
The skill finance teams need in their DNA is 'to be able to do that quick and dirty analysis almost immediately', says Adele Taylor.
Adele Taylor says the 'so what?' question is a really important one that brings you back to why you are doing things and, most importantly, what changes mean for residents, service users, businesses and staff.
Our financial futures are in the balance
With so many issues being considered that will affect our future funding, the importance of all of our income streams continues to increase, writes Adele Taylor.
Setting out our stalls ahead of the Autumn Budget
As we move to set our own budgets and medium-term financial plans, we have to remain vigilant to all the emerging risks and pressures in a continually uncertain world, writes Adele Taylor.
Supporting communities to deliver change
Adele Taylor asks how councils can co-operate with those in the community with the ability to deliver real change.
We have to marry our numbers and our words correctly
Getting the narrative right on our annual finances, as well as the potential future impact, is more important than ever, writes Adele Taylor.
Collecting debt can be a balancing act
There are steps councils can take to act transparently and fairly when collecting debt, while also recognising the importance of debt collection in funding services, writes Adele Taylor.
Making the mainstream media
It seems now more than ever that the debate over where money is spent by local councils is making front page news in mainstream media.
An intriguing dilemma
The evolving technological landscape the nuances around procurement will present councils with an interesting new challenge, says Adele Taylor.
Taking care of business rates
A full understanding of the complex picture of business rates reform is crucial if local government is to deliver an effective response to government, writes Adele Taylor
Pick of the bunch
How can local government continue to attract talent into the top roles, asks Adele Taylor
Wings of change
Local government is an innovative sector and now is the time to let loose some financial creativity, says Adele Taylor
Commercialism by any other name
Whether or not progress is badged as commercialism, Adele Taylor says councils must focus on efficiency and keep customers central