Julie Towers

  • Caring for care leavers: The Covenant Employers’ Charter

    17 November 2021

    A helping hand in the form of a well-meaning mentor, some CV advice, interview preparation… everything can make a difference to young care leavers. And as Julie Towers explains, a new charter has been launched to help them flourish.


  • Penna view

    13 October 2021

    Julie Towers and Toni Hall offer a sneak preview of the annual Chief Executive Survey set to be published in full by Penna, The MJ and the Local Government Association on 1 December.


  • Through turbulent times – let’s celebrate leadership

    10 August 2021

    Penna is proud to sponsor the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.


  • Is Black Lives Matter making a difference?

    08 June 2021

    Managing director of Penna Julie Towers reflects on the rightful and renewed focus on diversity and inclusion since the tragic murder of George Floyd.


  • Unprecedented, but definitely not on Mute

    20 January 2021

    Julie Towers of Penna looks back on 2020 and the legacy impact on the people agenda.


  • From good to great

    07 October 2020

    In the wake of The MJ’s successful virtual achievement awards last week, Penna’s Julie Towers takes a look at what qualities lead to success in a leadership team.


  • What makes senior leadership teams great?

    19 August 2020

    Although the winner won't be known until 2 October, Julie Towers of Penna presents a round-up of the uniting leadership factors of the five councils shortlisted in the Senior Leadership Team category at The MJ Awards.


  • Test, test, test the tech!

    24 June 2020

    Managing director of Penna Julie Towers offers some key observations on virtual recruitment, and says many of the online elements will be retained when lockdown eases further.


  • Will COVID-19 mean we tackle poor leadership head-on?

    13 May 2020

    COVID-19 has put leadership right in the spotlight, says Julie Towers. The early findings of the annual MJ Leadership Survey pre-COVID noted a positive move towards more authentic and adaptive leadership, she adds.


  • Recruiting in the coronavirus crisis

    25 March 2020

    How do you adapt to attract talent during the coronavirus crisis? Penna’s Julie Towers shares her experience of the new normal in recruitment.


  • In recruitment the art is more important that the science

    04 December 2018

    Julie Towers advocates rigorous assessment and due diligence to test the suitability, experience and capability of candidates; but in her view it’s the ‘art’ that is more important.


  • Let's not waste top talent

    01 August 2018

    Through my work in the recruitment and transition of leaders I see first-hand the importance of reputation – the value and the damage it can have on careers and people.


  • Regardless of leadership style, being human is essential

    19 July 2017

    Following the leadership response to the Grenfell tragedy, Julie Towers says the human touch is an underestimated trait and yet is the most powerful.


  • You get what you pay for

    11 April 2017

    Julie Towers explains why local government senior management pay should be everybody’s business.


  • Careful consideration needed before £1m investment

    12 April 2016

    If you were spending £1m on something that you were going to live with every day for about five years or more, how much time do you think you’d spend considering the purchase, asks managing director of Penna Recruitment Solutions, Julie Towers.


  • Organisational design is key

    13 January 2016

    At this time of year we often reflect on the year gone by, writes Julie Towers.


  • Change will force interims out

    03 December 2015

    The managing director of Penna’s recruitment business expresses concerns about the Government’s latest anticipated measure to limit interims to working just one month.


  • Moving people on

    03 October 2012

    Julie Towers explains how using technology can help engage staff, and give them clear routes for development and learning.


  • Changes, challenge and influence

    05 January 2012

    Julie Towers explains the findings of Penna's research into the Mindset of the HR Director.