In defence of the Taylor review
Liam Booth-Smith argues that if we want better employers we need to be better consumers, too.
Regardless of leadership style, being human is essential
Following the leadership response to the Grenfell tragedy, Julie Towers says the human touch is an underestimated trait and yet is the most powerful.
We need more women leaders in the sector
Heather Jameson says local government still has a woeful record on diversity, equality and representation, but provides a snapshot of the powerful women leading the sector.
Top team crisis hits county
Controversial restructuring plans are at the centre of a fierce row dividing Lancashire’s senior management and political leadership teams
Succession planning for a fast-changing future
Jody Goldsworthy urges councils to prepare for the future as leadership roles begin to change and local authorities set out to find the next generation.
Where does the buck stop?
In the wake of the resignation of Kensington & Chelsea RLBC’s chief executive over the handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Blair McPherson asks important questions about the nature of responsibility.
Dawn Baxendale: Chiefs have lost their public service raison d’être
Dawn Baxendale speaks to Sam Clayden about how Southampton City Council – and local government as a whole – will be grappling with an increasingly uncertain future
Is the apprenticeship levy an opportunity or a joke?
Tony Kirkham supports apprenticeships but says they must be developed in all shapes and sizes so they are a genuine opportunity rather than just another tax.
Chief resigns ahead of crunch hearing
Bury MBC’s suspended chief executive, Mike Owen, resigned ahead of this week’s hearing into his handling of historical child abuse allegations.
Singing and winning
Look out Britain’s Got Talent – staff at Merton LBC could be applying to be on the show very soon.
Bury set to meet over suspensions of officials
Bury MBC will discuss the future of three suspended senior officials – including chief executive Mike Owen – next week.
What can the General Election do for the public sector workforce?
Caroline Nugent lays down the key asks the PPMA is making of the new government.
Smaller BIGGER Different
A project to deliver shared ambitions for Sutton as a place will mean the council working in different ways and being more flexible, agile, outward-looking and enterprising, writes Jessica Crowe.
Warwickshire’s new double team
Warwickshire CC’s new joint managing directors David Carter and Monica Fogarty explain how the new partnership – the first of its kind among the counties – places the authority in a prime position to succeed.
Who are the innovation policy-makers of the future?
Innovation policy has been changing fast and local authorities have to ensure they have access to the skills needed to construct policies for the future, argues Alex Glennie and Benjamin Reid.
Poole and Bournemouth to work together
Poole and Bournemouth Councils are planning to combine back office services as part of plans to save £16m over the next two years.
Start in the middle
Mark Fletcher-Brown explains why getting middle management on board is one of the most important factors of successful leadership.
New ways of working
Louise Round reflects on the nature of accountability and the impact a blame culture might have on an organisation.
How’s your resilience?
Blair McPherson gives a few tips on improving your ‘bounceback-abillity’ by focusing on your organisation’s resilience.
Nicholls is new deputy
Basingstoke & Deane BC has appointed Victor Nicholls as its new deputy chief executive.