• South Kesteven chief steps down

    18 July 2019

    Aidan Rave has stepped down as the chief executive of South Kesteven DC to pursue new ventures.

  • 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.

  • MHCLG failure to recruit chief scientific adviser 'astounding'

    03 June 2019

    An ongoing failure by Marsham Street to recruit a Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) is ‘astounding,’ according to shadow science minister Chi Onwurah.

  • 'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement

    24 May 2019

    Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.

  • Call for VOA cuts review

    20 May 2019

    ‘Significant cuts’ in Valuation Office Agency (VOA) staffing levels should be reviewed to ensure the organisation is ‘fit-for-purpose’ amid a backlog of 69,000 appeals, London Councils has said.

  • Council loses director in less than a year

    23 April 2019

    A senior officer at Bury MBC has resigned less than a year after joining the authority.

  • Four paths to our future workforce

    13 March 2019

    Max Wide looks ahead and asks how local government can avoid ending up as a set of ageing organisations, unable to appeal to and serve a new generation

  • EXCLUSIVE: Six-figure salary jobs on the rise

    05 March 2019

    The number of council job openings with six-figure salaries has risen in recent years, research by The MJ has found.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector organisations to meet after high-profile chief departures

    31 January 2019

    Talks have started between two local government organisations after two high-profile chief executives parted company with their council just months after being appointed.

  • EXCLUSIVE: No-deal Brexit funding call

    23 January 2019

    Smith Square has pushed Marsham Street to provide funding for councils to implement their no-deal Brexit plans as Whitehall urges local authorities to act now.

  • It’s all about inclusion

    16 January 2019

    Once at the forefront of diversity, local government is now struggling to keep up the momentum. A recent MJ/Green Park round table looked at some of the issues. Heather Jameson reports

  • Kerswell contract extended at Newham

    18 December 2018

    Newham LBC has extended the interim contract of chief executive Katherine Kerswell by up to six months as it searches for a permanent appointment.

  • Future Forum North: Authenticity key in chief role

    06 December 2018

    A top local government recruiter has encouraged council chief executives to be authentic.

  • Opportunities for the brave lie ahead

    28 November 2018

    How can local authorities best harness the talents of their future workforce – and could councils be replaced by entirely new sorts of organisations? Ann McGauran reports on a recent round table debate hosted by Penna considering the big questions

  • Confidential applicant details published online

    22 November 2018

    East Lindsey DC’s leader has apologised after the council published online the confidential details of people applying to be its new chief executive.

  • Working for a Brighter Future

    13 November 2018

    Kath O’Dwyer reveals how an LGA review of Cheshire East Council’s organisational culture has been used as a springboard to improving the skills and experience of the workforce as well as encouraging employee retention

  • Diversity matters

    24 October 2018

    Ann McGauran reveals the findings of a report that shows England’s local authorities still have some distance to go before their leadership teams truly reflect their local populations.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Peer review watered down under pressure

    10 October 2018

    Liverpool City Council’s corporate peer review was significantly watered down before publication after pressure from the authority, The MJ has learned.

  • Damning report on leadership diversity

    09 October 2018

    ‘Little progress’ is being made in increasing the diversity of senior leadership in local authorities, a report published today has found.

  • Seeing is believing

    11 September 2018

    Jessica Mullinger says that despite having more access to information in front of us than ever before, the art of hiring the correct person to an interim role still requires a lot of discernment and a little bit of intelligence.