Diversity

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    01 December 2021

    The MJ and Penna’s annual survey of council chief executives reveals resilience and the ability to adapt have become reasons for the sector to celebrate, yet respect and recognition outside the sector is still lacking. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Councils' USP is their focus on employees as people

    24 November 2021

    Sue Atkinson, Anne Sullivan and Sonia Tanda at Penna say it's time to talk about your council's diversity and inclusion strategy, physical and mental health initiatives and your organisational culture.


  • Leading the way on diversity and inclusion in Hertfordshire

    02 November 2021

    The shocking murders of George Floyd and Sarah Everard have further strengthened Hertfordshire’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and tackling harassment and abuse, says Owen Mapley.


  • A time of Black pride – Celebrating #ProudToBe this BHM

    13 October 2021

    Celebrating Black History Month, Penna’s diversity and inclusion leader, Alexis Curtis-Harris, gives her perspective on why she’s ‘Proud to Be Black’.


  • A diverse challenge for the sector

    06 October 2021

    Recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce across the sector has never been more important. Steve Guest looks at how Solace is approaching this challenge at a systemic and operational level.


  • Devolution is my ‘unfinished business’

    06 October 2021

    Pat Ritchie is leaving her role as chief executive of Newcastle City Council after more than eight years at the helm. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy and what she sees as her three key achievements.


  • Tapping into the diversity of talent

    27 September 2021

    Talent is everywhere but opportunities are not was the underlying message in a round table debate with leading chief executives about the importance of promoting diversity throughout their organisations. Michael Burton reports on the highlights.


  • Local heroes

    14 September 2021

    Work long enough in the public sector and you come to know the truth of the maxim that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan.


  • We need a complete overhaul of who owns and delivers adult social care

    07 September 2021

    Proposals to fund social care through National Insurance Contributions are not only wrongheaded but they miss the wider point of what ails the sector, argues Tom Lloyd Goodwin.


  • 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.


  • Workforce churn will continue for some time, say sector experts

    18 August 2021

    Recruitment experts have warned the COVID-19 pandemic could mean workforce churn in the sector persists for some time to come.


  • Mind the gap

    17 August 2021

    An increasing number of senior managers in local government have announced their retirement and councils are finding it harder to recruit. Martin Ford examines the challenges and looks towards solutions.


  • Change from within to attract from outside

    21 July 2021

    Rebecca Davis discusses the results of research into diversity within our organisations, and finds that the benefits can be significant if we hold the mirror up to ourselves and commit to long-term change.


  • We won't stop until it ends

    13 July 2021

    What a week for diversity and inclusion. Fiyin Fayeye looks at what needs to happen next


  • Stepping up to the surge

    30 June 2021

    Hounslow LBC mobilised swiftly when the borough’s surge area status was announced, says Kelly O’Neill.


  • A diverse approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy

    30 June 2021

    Cllr Khtija Malik outlines Luton’s multi-layered approach to tackling vaccine hesitancy within some communities, and says more help is needed from the Government to help the town bounce back from the ravages of the pandemic.


  • How to retain an inclusive workforce

    23 June 2021

    Actions speak louder than words, says Anj Popat, and while having an inclusive recruitment process may help attract a more diverse workforce, without the right culture it does not guarantee retaining that talent.


  • Tackling the social care talent deficit

    16 June 2021

    The development of the future leaders within councils, be that in children’s services or elsewhere, must start now, says Philip Emms.


  • 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.


  • George Floyd – ‘much more to do’ in London

    25 May 2021

    One year on from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Cllr Muhammed Butt reflects on the progress made on pan-London work to tackle racial inequality and injustice.