• 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.

  • Bringing beauty back to life

    11 September 2018

    How do you attract people to live and work in one of the loveliest places in Britain? That has been the big challenge facing the Isle of Wight Council and our partners in their drive to regenerate the economy of the South East’s smallest county. Dave Stewart explains.

  • Council leader faces opposition to chief executive choice

    11 September 2018

    Lancashire CC’s leader is seeking to push through his preferred candidate for chief executive in the face of criticism from the Labour opposition.

  • Don’t forget the emotion

    04 September 2018

    Kate Pearlman-Shaw says bringing emotions to the forefront is an important part of being an effective leader, and demonstrates the advanced people skills needed to lead an organisation successfully.

  • Millennials – love them or hate them?

    04 September 2018

    The term millennials is being used and adopted more frequently around talent attraction and development strategies. This is hugely positive and encouraging to hear, however, far too often it is being used in a negative and derogatory way.

  • Building a future

    21 August 2018

    Women working in the construction industry are very much in the minority, but they could be a valuable source of much-needed skills especially post-Brexit. Mark Whitehead reports on a round table discussion attended by executives from industry and Waltham Forest LBC to provide some answers

  • Appointment panels hold unconscious bias

    21 August 2018

    Ian Thomas demands proportionate positive action to increase diversity in leadership positions.

  • A whole new world

    15 August 2018

    The world of ‘people management’ is full of outdated ideas, terms and operational models and the profession needs to prepare for a brave new future says Colin Williams, who is looking for people to ‘lead the charge’ when it comes to helping shape the next stage of HR.

  • Challenges for London HR heads

    08 August 2018

    Staff turnover, retention, skill shortages and culture change were among the issues discussed by a recent meeting of London HR heads chaired by The MJ’s Michael Burton who reports on the key conclusions.

  • Common goals

    08 August 2018

    Amanda Reynolds and Craig Clarke use the positive example of the recent World Cup as a reminder of the leadership often displayed in the public sector, and how a team approach can reap significant rewards.

  • The rewards of new approaches to training

    01 August 2018

    Kath O’Dwyer reflects on how a dedicated approach to training and staff welfare is reaping dividends for the organisation in relation to both the recruitment and retention of staff.

  • Let's not waste top talent

    01 August 2018

    Through my work in the recruitment and transition of leaders I see first-hand the importance of reputation – the value and the damage it can have on careers and people.

  • Management changes under way at 'inadequate' children's services in Wakefield

    31 July 2018

    An overhaul of Wakefield City Council’s children’s services team is under way weeks after an inadequate rating by Ofsted.