• West Berkshire urged to make permanent appointments

    17 May 2024

    West Berkshire Council has been urged to focus on the management layer below its corporate leadership team (CLT) to ‘bring further stability’.

  • Council to announce chief after capacity criticism

    15 April 2024

    East Devon DC is hoping to announce its new chief executive early next month after peers said senior level capacity was currently ‘limited’.

  • Coventry pushes ahead with 'fire and rehire' plan

    05 March 2024

    Coventry City Council has begun a staff consultation over controversial ‘fire and rehire’ proposals.

  • 'Culture of mistrust' found at Newham

    04 March 2024

    Newham LBC’s chief executive has vowed to tackle the ‘culture of mistrust’ among politicians and officers laid bare by a critical peer review.

  • Council probe leads officers to ‘step back’

    19 February 2024

    Two senior Guildford and Waverley officers have agreed to temporarily ‘step back’ from their roles amid intensifying investigations into housing maintenance contracts.

  • Productivity planning and commercial efficacy

    13 February 2024

    Through many of its commercial programmes Local Partnerships sees daily how further enhancements can be made to improve both productivity and ultimately financial outcomes in local authorities.

  • The best senior managers are tremendous hypocrites

    01 November 2023

    If as a manager you have a clear coherent philosophy and a set of values you stick to then you will be much admired, but your success may be limited, says Blair Mcpherson.

  • A tactical shift that has boosted our services

    18 October 2023

    Angela Bremner explains how leadership coaching has transformed Together for Children’s people services and led to the creation of a new performance management programme for the company.

  • What if the job is too big? 

    16 October 2023

    Sometimes the job is too big for the individual, and sometimes the job is too big for anyone and it’s time for a rethink on structure and responsibilities, says Blair Mcpherson.

  • Brum's fiscal firestorm

    12 October 2023

    Birmingham City Council's dilemma highlights local governance struggles, but dire financial circumstances can catalyse positive changes, says Claire Agutter.

  • A helping hand at an uncertain time

    04 October 2023

    Senior consultant at Tile Hill Vik Mistry outlines how interims can provide stability for organisations in an era of growing challenges.

  • Chief executives sleep with one eye open

    11 September 2023

    Blair Mcpherson says leaders and cabinets get frustrated when the pace of change is seen as too slow, while if it is too fast chief executives warn the dangers may be seen too late.

  • CEOs – The buck stops with you

    04 September 2023

    Chief executive of Local Partnerships Adele Gritten says her organisation is producing a CEO blueprint to help local government CEOs navigate the complex landscape they face.

  • Mentoring could be your game-changer

    15 August 2023

    Nathan Elvery explains the many benefits of taking time to be mentored, and explains what to expect from the mentoring process.

  • Council urged to address low reserves

    12 June 2023

    Senior managers at Eastbourne BC must address the council’s low levels of reserves given current cost pressures within the sector, a Local Government Association-led review has warned.

  • Comms should be at your top table

    30 May 2023

    Darren Caveney sets out three of the key reasons why your comms lead should sit on your weekly senior management table

  • Taking the corporate out of corporate organisations

    15 May 2023

    If an organisation becomes too corporate it risks losing  specialist skills and knowledge and the insights these bring, says former director Blair Mcpherson.

  • Tackling local government's leadership paradoxes

    25 April 2023

    With many councils set for 'another set of politically volatile elections', Graeme McDonald turns to Legoland for inspiration on taking a visionary yet grounded approach to local government leadership.

  • Stand up for your rights

    25 April 2023

    The downfall of Dominic Raab should give senior council officers reason to revisit their own rules and guidance on bullying and intimidation, especially with the hundreds of new elected members expected next week, says Michael Burton.

  • It’s never just business

    24 April 2023

    A politician’s dream is a robust business case that supports their ideological aspirations, says Blair Mcpherson.