Kathy O'Leary

  • Reform would help more councils achieve their ambitious targets and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels

    06 April 2022

    The 2021 revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework missed the opportunity to remove existing barriers to onshore wind generation, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Net zero ambitions yet to be levelled up

    15 February 2022

    The Levelling Up White Paper is a missed opportunity to put housing at the heart of the drive to net zero, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Pop a local present under the tree this Christmas

    08 December 2021

    With just 15 shopping days left until Christmas, Kathy O'Leary says her council has been asking residents to shop local for the sake of the economy and the environment.

  • 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.

  • Time to review our history

    31 August 2021

    Following the toppling of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol, Kathy O'Leary explains how her council is reconsidering its historic monuments.

  • Advantage Stroud

    13 July 2021

    As the country - and the tennis - restarts after CIVID, Stroud DC chief executive Kathy O'Leary says every council should play up to its strengths when it comes to rebuilding the economy

  • We are getting warmer on climate change

    26 May 2021

    The Government needs to apply the same problem solving to climate change as it has to tackling the pandemic, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Our organisational culture needs to match staffs' expectations

    08 April 2021

    People have reflected on what they want from work, how and where they want to work and how this fits into their lives, says chief executive of Stroud DC Kathy O'Leary.

  • What's the future for digital democracy without virtual meetings?

    17 February 2021

    Handforth Parish Council aside, if we can't hold council meeting via Zoom beyond 6 May, what will democracy look like after the elections, asks Kathy O'Leary

  • Canal project offers immense scope to regenerate

    07 December 2020

    It is uplifting to reflect that a canal which shaped the district in the past will do so again in the future - forming a significant part of Stroud's plans to recover from the pandemic, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Thinking correctly under pressure

    21 October 2020

    'Connecting, communicating and collaborating with our teams has never been more important than now,' says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Housebuilding: 'yet another flawed algorithm'

    30 August 2020

    Kathy O'Leary says 'the potential disparity in new housing allocations highlights real concern about the negative effects of yet another flawed algorithm'.

  • Slow with the flow

    17 August 2020

    When residents of Stroud were offered a concrete dam as a solution to their flooding problems, councillors and the community pushed for a more natural solution, says Kathy O’Leary.

  • Councillor, are you on mute?

    27 May 2020

    Kathy O'Leary is navigating the perils of holding a council meeting online in the midst of the coronavirus crisis

  • We are working more closely together than ever

    08 April 2020

    ‘In terms of channel shift, in little more than a fortnight we have achieved what I thought would take about a year’, says chief executive of Stroud DC Kathy O’Leary.

  • Will devo be lost in translation?

    19 February 2020

    What next for districts and devolution, asks Kathy O'Leary. Are there lessons we can learn from Japan?

  • And a High Sheriff making the decree

    12 December 2019

    Salt, grit, battery-powered lamps, heaters and jeeps are essential kit at this time of year in the Cotswolds. However Kathy O'Leary is pleased to report that no nativity plays have been harmed in preparing for this election.

  • One magic wish for change

    23 October 2019

    The answers given by prospective strategic directors of resources and place to the question of what one law or change they would want the Government to make - and why - gave the interviewers at Stroud DC food for thought, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • Give districts certainty on funding

    03 September 2019

    As the spending round looms, Kathy O’ Leary says districts now need the Government to deliver financial reassurance.

  • Rewards of cross-party collaboration

    17 July 2019

    Kathy O'Leary says that with trust in national politicians at an all-time low, local government is thinking more about its relevance to the communities it serves through collaboration that begins with putting people and place first.