• Interim chief resigns over ‘pre-determined’ appointment process

    26 March 2020

    Newport City Council’s interim chief executive has resigned after heavily criticising the process for making a permanent appointment.

  • It doesn’t hurt to be nice

    18 March 2020

    Applying for a new role is a time-consuming process that takes a lot of energy and personal investment. Sharon Davies believes applicants must be supported to put their best foot forward. And, she points out, honesty and kindness go a very long way.

  • York publishes details of chief executive's retirement package

    16 March 2020

    A political row had broken out over the circumstances of Mary Weastell's departure.

  • Identifying and assessing candidate motivation

    11 March 2020

    Often a tough quality to pin down, assessing motivation from prospective candidates is an important step to finding the right person for the role. Philip Emms and Tim Hills of Gatenby Sanderson offer some insight.

  • Row over York chief departure

    10 March 2020

    A row has erupted over the departure of York City Council’s chief executive.

  • Joint chief executive makes sudden departure

    09 March 2020

    The retirement ‘with immediate effect’ of the chief executive of Staffordshire Moorlands DC and High Peak BC, Simon Baker, has been announced in a joint statement.

  • ‘Just be kind’

    04 March 2020

    While local government has been distracted by austerity, what has happened to diversity? The MJ, Penna and North West Employers asked HR professionals where they were on equality. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Conversations about change

    26 February 2020

    Linzi Roberts-Egan explains how her council is making sure its staff - often at the height of their careers - receive open and compassionate support as they experience the menopause.

  • LGBT plus Allies Scheme proving to be a vital lifeline

    14 February 2020

    A growing network of ‘rainbow allies’ are part of ensuring Hertfordshire CC creates a safe, diverse and supportive working environment, says Professor Jim McManus.

  • Be more than just good at your job

    12 February 2020

    Nicola McCoy Brown says that while she hadn’t reached her third decade of work ‘without knowing the mechanics’, ADEPT’s leadership development programme in partnership with SOLACE has given her ‘a wider network, learning and reinvention’.

  • Who you gonna call 

    10 February 2020

    If an urgent problem emerges at a local authority, whose call should a senior director return first, asks Blair Mcpherson.

  • Unions reject 'disappointing' 2% council pay offer

    05 February 2020

    Trade unions have rejected a 2% pay increase for council staff and called on employers to ‘come up with a better offer’.

  • Grime and punishment: cleaning up Christmas

    05 February 2020

    Anne Marie Scott, director of human resources at Oxford Direct Services (ODS) talks about how the behind-the-scene heroes are recruited, retained and rewarded for the huge annual post-Christmas challenge.

  • Supporting rising stars pays dividends

    21 January 2020

    Adele Taylor says she has been fortunate in her career to be advised and mentored by senior officers who encouraged her to get out and network. She has continued that tradition now that she is able to support the rising stars of the future.

  • Take a chance on me - the recruitment lottery

    10 January 2020

    Maybe we should just recognise that recruitment is a lottery and get rid of the whole recruitment industry, replacing it with a lottery whereby any candidate who meets the person specification is eligible, argues Blair Mcpherson.

  • Future Forum North: ‘Lead for the place you are trying to create’

    05 December 2019

    Chief executive of Manchester City Council and SOLACE spokesperson on leadership and learning Joanne Roney has set out a checklist for leading in a time of change and uncertainty.

  • Just very good at what they do

    04 December 2019

    What do senior managers do when they are very good at their role but realise they are increasingly unlikely to fulfil their ambition, asks Blair Mcpherson.

  • Directors of public health have infused their specialism into a broader strategic context

    04 December 2019

    How long will it be before we see a chief executive of a council or large scale not-for-profit enterprise emerging from the modern public health sector?

  • How to make the most of your career interim

    27 November 2019

    As the war for talent intensifies, Jessica Mullinger explores the many advantages of hiring a career interim to get the maximum return on investment during their time with your company.

  • Norfolk pressed to do more to support managers

    25 November 2019

    Norfolk CC has been told to provide more support to its middle management following a corporate peer challenge.