Ofsted highlights 'serious and widespread failures' at council
Children in Middlesbrough are being left at risk for too long because of failures in practice and leadership, Ofsted has warned.
Auditors in fees increase warning
Auditors have warned a number of councils that their audit fees for 2019/20 could be more than one-fifth higher than they were expecting.
Council acts after planning 'collusion'
‘Swift action’ has been taken by Northumberland Council’s senior management after ‘several persons in positions of authority and control’ appeared to ‘collude’ with a developer.
Hertsmere appoints managing director following management restructure
Sajida Bijle has been confirmed as Hertsmere BC’s new managing director following a management restructure.
Roney warns against complacency after damning review
Manchester City Council’s chief executive has insisted the authority will not be complacent about child sexual exploitation after a damning review was published.
Wiltshire reshuffles its management team
Wiltshire Council has decided to overhaul its leadership structure after the departure of one of its executive directors.
Another senior management restructure for Warrington
Changes to Warrington Council’s senior management structure will be made, senior councillors have decided.
New management roles to reflect changed emphasis
Durham Council is to create two new roles in its senior management team, partly to reflect the growing importance of climate change and the environment.
Council to create new director roles
Sefton Council is to create three new executive director roles.
Ten of the best step up
The 10 contestants taking part in the Local Government Challenge 2020 introduce themselves – and explain why they decided to apply and compete for the £10,000 scholarship.
Future Forum North: ‘Lead for the place you are trying to create’
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
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.
Paula Hewitt reports from a place leaders programme that offers the opportunity ‘to share, test ideas and draw on others’ knowledge.
Directors of public health have infused their specialism into a broader strategic context
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?
'No evidence' of sexist culture despite chief's claims
No evidence of a culture of sexism has been found at Stratford-on-Avon DC following claims by an outgoing chief.
Two senior officers implicated after 'bullying' claims
An investigation into alleged bullying and harassment found ‘substantial evidence’ to support some claims made against two senior Thanet DC officers, it has emerged.
Who’s in charge?
Changes to an organisation’s management structure are attractive, argues Blair Mcpherson - but not at the expense of clarity about who’s in charge.
Suspended deputy returns to work
Thanet DC’s deputy chief executive Tim Willis is understood to have returned to work after six weeks suspended.
How to grow a leader
Richmond and Wandsworth are reaping the benefits of an intergenerational leadership approach which is ‘nurturing and encouraging the future’, says Liz Bruce
Council scraps chief's post
Hertsmere BC has scrapped the post of chief executive as part of a move to a ‘more cost-effective management structure’.