• 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.

  • Problem solvers

    08 June 2021

    PPMA:Solve has been created to provide extra support for members and the public sector generally in this time of crisis, to offer HR and OD capacity and expertise when needed, says Leatham Green.

  • Organisations need wellbeing too

    08 June 2021

    IMPOWER’s resilience framework – produced in conjunction with eight councils and the County Councils’ Network – looks at how workforces can adapt to disruption ranging from small events to the largest crisis in decades. Jon Ainger explains.

  • Edinburgh’s next chapter

    08 June 2021

    The last 15 months have emphasised the City of Edinburgh Council’s strengths as an organisation, says Andrew Kerr. He reviews what has been achieved and looks ahead at the future strategic priorities for its workforce and the city.

  • The importance of caring for the carers

    07 June 2021

    During Carers Week, Sally Hopper outlines how her own experiences have given her an invaluable perspective in advocating for carers at work at Hertfordshire CC.

  • A tailored, personal approach gives you an edge

    02 June 2021

    Sonia Tanda at Penna looks at how councils can stand out from the crowd when it comes to recruiting social workers.

  • Forwards, not backwards

    26 May 2021

    The world of work has changed irreversibly since COVID, says Neil Lupin, and from leadership level onwards it is time to embrace the physical and emotional benefits of workplace transformation

  • Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike

    14 May 2021

    Thurrock BC has said it is ‘outraged’ workers in its waste and recycling department have decided to continue to strike.

  • The keys to ensuring good mental health

    12 May 2021

    Toni Hall of Penna looks at the importance of looking after your mental health as an interim, and provides some tips for those needing support.

  • Council chief’s treatment was ‘appalling and inhuman’

    06 May 2021

    The leader of York City Council has survived a no confidence vote following criticism over the departure of its former chief executive.

  • Leadership agility – now is the time to pick up the pace further

    05 May 2021

    Charlotte Croffie looks at how leadership roles have adapted since the start of the pandemic.

  • Boards of the future will be more diverse

    05 May 2021

    Diversity, in all forms, including cognitive diversity, is informing every conversation on the make-up of boards and executive teams, says director, executive recruitment at Penna Enterprise Charles Wilson.

  • Employment law: a post lockdown view

    05 May 2021

    As lockdown eases, lawyer Louise Carr takes a look at the issues new ways of working raise for local government employers, including ensuring consistency of opportunity.

  • Council claims sacked director was not performing

    30 April 2021

    Senior officers at a London borough accused of unfairly dismissing a director have told a tribunal she was sacked after failing to meet performance targets.

  • Starfish Talent 20 – Place

    28 April 2021

    In the first of a series of articles, Starfish Search and The MJ showcase some of the top talent in local government, starting with 20 rising stars from the place portfolio of services.

  • Redesigning coaching and mentoring for the digital age

    28 April 2021

    iESE, as a part of its pro bono sector support role, is developing Alchemy, a new resource that supports individuals to take the next step in their leadership journey, says its chief executive Dr Andrew Larner.

  • Council had 'truly toxic atmosphere,' tribunal hears

    27 April 2021

    The Hammersmith & Fulham LBC director at the centre of an unfair dismissal claim had been working in a ‘truly toxic atmosphere,’ an employment tribunal has heard.

  • LGA calls for clarity on exit data request

    21 April 2021

    The Local Government Association (LGA) was blindsided by the Government’s demands for data on exit payments, it has emerged, and it is now asking for clarity.

  • Should you track your staff’s COVID testing and vaccination status?

    19 April 2021

    Testing and vaccination status are sensitive topics, says Marta Kalas. She recommends starting an open discussion with your staff, alongside a plan.

  • Tapping into local potential

    14 April 2021

    Des Murray shares his experiences of working with the DFN Project SEARCH and highlights why other local authorities and companies should get involved with the charity.