Martin Reeves

Martin Reeves chief executive of Coventry City Council
  • Looking ahead with trepidation

    11 January 2022

    Professor Martin Reeves digests the contents of the provisional local government finance settlement and highlights the key reasons why it will fail to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

  • Creating a shared city for all

    05 May 2021

    Coventry is UK City of Culture 2021 and a Marmot City. Martin Reeves and Liz Gaulton explain how a sustainable, accessible and resilient city centre is being built, with a focus on health and wellbeing.

  • Bucket list for fixing council finances

    08 April 2021

    Co-designing a truly sustainable finance system for councils for the long-term ‘won’t be quick and it won’t be easy’, says Martin Reeves. A few more years of ‘make do and mend’ will not work for our communities and economies, he adds.

  • There is still plenty for this Government to ‘get done’

    16 March 2020

    The Budget package does not give councils any certainty over funding for the short to medium term, let alone the long term, and failed to address much-needed reforms to social care, says Solace spokesman for finance Martin Reeves.

  • Going places

    17 July 2019

    Martin Reeves says despite the Treasury’s positive assessment of the Total Place pilots over a decade ago, the initiative fell off the radar. He calls on the new Prime Minister to ‘reinvigorate a successor’.

  • Fair funding: no simple solutions

    08 January 2019

    At best, the fair funding review will bring short-term improvements for some councils while pushing others to the brink – and is ultimately built on shaky foundations, argues Dr Martin Reeves

  • Look at the Budget's fine print

    30 October 2018

    It's the fine print in a Budget that needs the most careful attention, and it's time to ramp up further the campaign for local services, says Martin Reeves of SOLACE

  • Leading the charge

    19 September 2018

    As the sector prepares to make its case with Whitehall about the future of local services at the forthcoming Society of Local Authority Chief Executives’ annual Summit next month, Dr Martin Reeves puts forward his vision for the future.

  • Embracing the digital age

    01 August 2018

    Martin Reeves explains how Coventry’s fibre infrastructure investment strategy is beginning to pay back ‘digital-age’ dividends.

  • Funding reform – or bust?

    04 April 2018

    Councils are leading the way in modernising public services as a response to the ongoing challenges of austerity, but local government is fast reaching breaking point. Martin Reeves calls for urgent steps to be taken by central government to make the most of this opportunity.

  • Martin Reeves: What I learned from my time as a twin hatter

    03 October 2017

    Reflecting on his time leading the West Midlands Combined Authority, Martin Reeves reveals what he learned about trust, identity and leadership.

  • Building foundations for growth

    19 January 2015

    A recent report on how West Midlands councils are using their assets for growth shows how authorities have stepped up to the challenge of being catalysts for economic growth and regeneration. Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council, Judith Atkinson and Jenny Coombs, project directors at Local Partnerships, examine how the results were achieved

  • Demand management

    13 October 2014

    Dr Martin Reeves believes demand management should be filled by a new contract between the local state and local communities

  • SoapBOX by Martin Reeves

    04 December 2013

    Councils must find new ways to engage public over annual budget settlements, argues Coventry City chief executive.

  • SoapBOX by Martin Reeves

    06 November 2013

    Coventry City Council chief executive reflects on his presidency of SOLACE.

  • SoapBOX by Martin Reeves

    15 October 2013

    Partnerships are key to driving welfare reform and local growth, writes SOLACE president.

  • SoapBOX by Martin Reeves

    11 September 2013

    Council chiefs must lead by example in setting the tone for successful peer reviews and sector-led improvement, argues SOLACE president.

  • SoapBOX Martin Reeves

    06 August 2013

    Coventry City Council chief executive outlines the social media perils, pitfalls and opportunities of embracing the Twittersphere.

  • SoapBOX by Martin Reeves

    12 July 2013

    Coventry City Council chief executive writes on why the sector should be more bullish around pay for senior managers.

  • Size isn't everything

    13 June 2013

    UK plc needs all the help it can get as the country continues to battle through the tough economic terrain, says Martin Reeves.