• New management model with no chief proposed

    18 July 2019

    Redcar and Cleveland BC hopes to save about £220,000 per year by scrapping its chief executive role as part of a new management model.

  • Exclusive: Chief execs' survey highlights tensions of 'challenging politics'

    17 July 2019

    Tensions between chief executives and their leaders are under greater scrutiny because of ‘challenging politics,’ a survey by Penna and The MJ has found.

  • Collaborative leadership for thriving places

    17 July 2019

    PlaceMakers is an immersive programme that brings local leaders from all sectors together to develop a collective understanding of their place. Anna Randle explains why single-sector leadership development programmes ‘are increasingly not enough’

  • ‘Extraordinary pressures’ call for extraordinary resilience

    17 July 2019

    Penna’s latest annual survey of chief executives, in partnership with The MJ, highlights their latest perspectives and organisational priorities. Ann McGauran looks at the results.

  • Rewards of cross-party collaboration

    17 July 2019

    Kathy O'Leary says that with trust in national politicians at an all-time low, local government is thinking more about its relevance to the communities it serves through collaboration that begins with putting people and place first.

  • Throw the officers under the bus

    16 July 2019

    In the wake of the events leading to the Darroch resignation, Blair Mcpherson says local government officers, like civil servants, are expected to provide impartial advice rather than tell politicians what they want to hear - and that means giving unvarnished assessments of proposed partners or contractors.

  • Management review for Stratford

    10 July 2019

    Stratford-on-Avon DC will carry out a review of its management structure after its head of paid service walked out the door after just seven months.

  • Being creative local leaders is more important than ever

    09 July 2019

    In the context of the current funding risks and uncertainty, councils need to be thinking even more creatively about how they can take a leadership role in terms of solving some of the issues facing our communities, argues Adele Taylor.

  • Brum’s turnaround plan should have come sooner

    09 July 2019

    Birmingham City Council has created a new model of intervention, says Heather Jameson - 'but it should have happened before now'.

  • A bad influence for the better

    09 July 2019

    Blair Mcpherson explains why it could be a good thing for a manager to be a bad influence.

  • Resilient and determined women make their mark

    03 July 2019

    Ken Lyon reflects on the positive and long-lasting influence the sector’s most senior women officers have had on developing the next generation of chiefs.

  • The current standards regime is not fit for purpose

    03 July 2019

    The recommendations within the Committee for Standards in Public Life report on local government standards must be taken seriously by the sector and Whitehall, says Graeme McDonald.

  • Building a shared movement of local government pioneers

    01 July 2019

    Nesta is bringing together a pilot group of senior council officers who will test out new operating models to find more effective and sustainable ways to meet citizens’ needs, says Jenni Lloyd.

  • Team Ignite keeps on rolling

    26 June 2019

    Luton BC was the host for the fifth leg of the LG Challenge. Chloe Newman and Ged Perkins outline how the contestants tackled the task of designing a plan to increase the customers arriving at the airport by public transport to at least 40%, and doubling passengers to 36 million a year

  • Team Ignite keeps on rolling

    26 June 2019

    Luton BC hosted the fifth leg of the LG Challenge. Chloe Newman and Ged Perkins outline how contestants tackled designing a plan to increase the customers arriving at Luton Airport by public transport and doubling passengers

  • Caring is sharing in the South West

    18 June 2019

    Mel Lock explains how a network of assistant directors of adult social care, sponsored by directors across all authorities throughout the South-West, has been created to share learning and improve collaboration

  • Accelerating positive change with shared perspectives

    18 June 2019

    Paul Little outlines how the range of new perspectives and experiences he encountered with colleagues throughout England while on the Accelerate course has helped him rise to the challenge of setting up combined health and social care teams.

  • Robots and Risk – what could possibly go wrong?

    12 June 2019

    David Forster says that while remarkable 4th Industrial Revolution projects offer opportunities to reshape service provision, managing risk in the age of machines will be the next big challenge for risk managers and heads of governance.

  • Searching locally for the antidote to populism

    12 June 2019

    How can local government leaders help cohesive communities to flourish in a time of growing populism and in the middle of a central political and policy vacuum? Ann McGauran reports

  • Still the right person for the job 

    10 June 2019

    Blair McPherson outlines the virtues of staying put, of resilience, and of not playing the blame game.