• What happens when you have used all the tools in your tool box? 

    17 January 2022

    If you lose your chief executive in 2022 console yourself with the knowledge that truly great managers are not those who cling to office the longest. 

  • How to attract the best talent

    11 January 2022

    2021 was quite a year for local government recruitment, especially in social work, says Sonia Tanda. She explains some of the ways to attract the best candidates.

  • The market for leadership talent in 2022

    11 January 2022

    Sam Ellis and Frazer Thouard look at the landscape for public services over the coming year, and highlight key prioities for organisations, as the sector embarks on a ‘war’ for talent

  • Simpson promoted at Stockport

    16 December 2021

    Stockport MBC’s deputy chief executive Caroline Simpson is expected to be promoted to the top role.

  • We need action to tackle the imminent public health workforce shortages

    15 December 2021

    Nick Raper at Penna says there is a need to attract and retain diverse, talented and qualified individuals in better numbers in public health.

  • Reflections on 2021

    15 December 2021

    Julie Towers looks back on the past 12 months, anticipates what will be in store in the new year and assesses how the sector needs to adapt to keep up with the pace of change.

  • Government must act now to meet urgent housing-with-care needs

    07 December 2021

    The Government’s pay and career development proposals for care staff do not go far enough, and the UK lags behind other countries on access to housing-with-care, says Kris Peach.

  • Road to reform – a blurred vision 

    07 December 2021

    Achieving the Government’s vision for the future of adult social care will take much more investment than is set out on the face of the white paper, says health and social care policy manager at CIPFA Dr Eleanor Roy.

  • Putting the people first in Breckland

    01 December 2021

    Breckland DC’s new chief executive Maxine O’Mahony talks to Ann McGauran about how her HR background colours her priorities, and the council’s ‘grow your own’ approach to staff development.

  • Reasons to be cheerful

    01 December 2021

    The MJ and Penna’s annual survey of council chief executives reveals resilience and the ability to adapt have become reasons for the sector to celebrate, yet respect and recognition outside the sector is still lacking. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Experience counts

    01 December 2021

    Kathryn Reed at Tile Hill looks at how the ‘candidate experience’ will make your organisation stand out in the market for talent.

  • A golden opportunity for the sector

    24 November 2021

    Nicola Chiverton says local government is currently enjoying a renewed, positive profile. So now is the time to harness this appreciation and ‘sell’ the personal – and potentially world-changing – benefits of starting a career in the sector.

  • Councils' USP is their focus on employees as people

    24 November 2021

    Sue Atkinson, Anne Sullivan and Sonia Tanda at Penna say it's time to talk about your council's diversity and inclusion strategy, physical and mental health initiatives and your organisational culture.

  • Much more to do to tackle the endemic image problem with care work

    16 November 2021

    Kris Peach of Housing 21 outlines how the sector needs to address care worker shortages and what more needs to be done to tackle the image problems surrounding careers in care.

  • The hybrid era

    09 November 2021

    Managing partner at Green Park Neil Lupin looks at hybrid working in local government and suggests there is no going back.

  • Valuing the relationship between HR and finance

    02 November 2021

    The chief executive of CIPFA recently raised many thought-provoking suggestions on the recruitment challenges of HR and OD leaders that a close relationship with finance colleagues may help with, says Jonathon Sheppard.

  • Local Government: The Nexus for a Bright Future

    26 October 2021

    Jes Ladva at Odgers Interim reflects on the vital importance of using cross-sector expertise to provide unparalleled leadership across all government functions.

  • How teams react when their manager is doomed

    20 October 2021

    Blair Mcpherson ponders the case of a team's delicate balancing act between 'recognising the need to ingratiate yourself with the chief executive and not being too disloyal to a boss who has been good to you'.

  • Penna view

    13 October 2021

    Julie Towers and Toni Hall offer a sneak preview of the annual Chief Executive Survey set to be published in full by Penna, The MJ and the Local Government Association on 1 December.

  • A time of Black pride – Celebrating #ProudToBe this BHM

    13 October 2021

    Celebrating Black History Month, Penna’s diversity and inclusion leader, Alexis Curtis-Harris, gives her perspective on why she’s ‘Proud to Be Black’.