Adele Taylor

Adele Taylor

Adele Taylor is interim executive director of finance and Governance at Cherwell and South Northamptonshire
  • We can ensure that finance is a true enabler for our organisations

    12 January 2021

    Adele Taylor says 'local government can have a reputation for glacial change (unfairly I think), but over this last year we’ve found ways to walk the tightrope to enable things to happen'.


  • Striking a balance

    11 November 2020

    There have been press mentions of possible eye-watering levels of potential fraud from COVID support schemes, says Adele Taylor. 'Sometimes good enough has to be balanced with recognising the value of getting that public pound to those most in need', she adds


  • Things will be moving quicker than ever on budgets

    30 September 2020

    'Our medium-term financial planning is just that, a plan with many moving parts', says Adele Taylor. 'All of us are having to revise, review and renew assumptions that we previously made in a world that looked very different from now', she adds.


  • Green shoots that may buy a little more time

    19 August 2020

    While they might not be enough to bridge the significant gaps in medium-term financial strategies, it's crucial that we don’t forget to listen and look out for green shoots of ideas that should be considered, writes Adele Taylor.


  • Judging the financial consequences of change

    07 July 2020

    During the pandemic, a more flexible approach to assessing the financial benefits of a change will be crucial in ensuring we make sound decisions for longer-term sustainability, writes Adele Taylor.


  • We are going to need the right resources

    15 April 2020

    Adele Taylor is proud of local government's response to coronavirus - but the financial plans will now need a serious review


  • Hoping for more certainty in the new funding world

    04 March 2020

    In budget-setting and medium-term financial planning you can continue to see local government doing its best to respond, says Adele Taylor - but she hopes more certainty 'will allow us to create an even more sustainable environment for communities'.


  • Supporting rising stars pays dividends

    21 January 2020

    Adele Taylor says she has been fortunate in her career to be advised and mentored by senior officers who encouraged her to get out and network. She has continued that tradition now that she is able to support the rising stars of the future.


  • A revelatory discovery

    19 November 2019

    Adele Taylor discusses the boundless possibilities offered by grant-finding tools.


  • Engaging with our partners

    08 October 2019

    We need to be engaging in a better way with local businesses in our areas so they understand how local authorities work, says Adele Taylor.


  • Putting it on paper

    20 August 2019

    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

    09 July 2019

    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

    28 May 2019

    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

    28 May 2019

    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

    23 April 2019

    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

    06 March 2019

    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

    23 January 2019

    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

    21 November 2018

    The skill finance teams need in their DNA is 'to be able to do that quick and dirty analysis almost immediately', says Adele Taylor.


  • money matters

    15 October 2018

    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

    02 November 2017

    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.