• Leadership agility – now is the time to pick up the pace further

    05 May 2021

    Charlotte Croffie looks at how leadership roles have adapted since the start of the pandemic.

  • Boards of the future will be more diverse

    05 May 2021

    Diversity, in all forms, including cognitive diversity, is informing every conversation on the make-up of boards and executive teams, says director, executive recruitment at Penna Enterprise Charles Wilson.

  • How to recognise the seven traits of a modern board

    28 April 2021

    Penny Ransley looks at why modern boards are increasingly wanting to harness the skills of local government.

  • What is the future role of directors of public health?

    14 April 2021

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the nation, the profile of directors of public health (DPH) has risen massively. So what does the role look like now?

  • The right time to show your agility

    08 April 2021

    Agile working and remote delivery can offer a unique chance for organisations to achieve success in this post-pandemic world, including the ability to attract the best interim talent around. Stephen Hoban explains.

  • Future Forum North: Change to flexible working will be permanent, predicts recruiter

    18 March 2021

    New senior council hires expect to work in the office for just two days a week, a senior recruitment consultant has suggested.

  • A fresh look at the future of finance

    17 March 2021

    Associate director, local government, at CIPFA-Penna Philippa Watkins shares the lessons learned from a virtual event putting finance on the stage.

  • It’s time to rethink assessment

    09 March 2021

    It is really important to weigh up the cost of assessment against the value it brings, says head of assessment at Penna Ann Hartley.

  • Changing the climate from within

    09 March 2021

    Kate Wilson looks at the challenge of finding talent in an increasingly competitive and talent-short market, while continuing to progress the overall goal of zero carbon emissions.

  • How can we make recruitment more truly inclusive?

    26 February 2021

    Tracy Walters looks at ways recruiters can recognise and address unconscious bias, engage with a diverse range of talents and tap into a bigger pool of candidates.

  • Feedback – the breakfast of champions?

    24 February 2021

    Asking for and offering feedback is underappreciated, but beneficial to all sides in the recruitment process, says Martin Tucker.

  • Working together in perfect harmony

    24 February 2021

    Teams are a blend of personalities and attributes that work together in harmony, 'so don’t assume you won’t fit if you have slightly different skills and experience', says Adele Taylor.

  • Simple tips for success

    17 February 2021

    Liz Bruce offers tips on what it takes to ‘get there, survive and thrive’ as a director of adult social care.

  • Social media and programmatic are a real force for change

    10 February 2021

    There are plenty of reasons why social media channels continue to play an important part in how employers share career opportunities and engage talent, says Penna's Tristan Moakes.

  • ‘Normal’ no more

    10 February 2021

    From tragedy to opportunity, local government has a chance to move forwards and make the most of the positive changes the sector has seen since the pandemic hit, as Neil Lupin explains.

  • Surviving the COVID tide

    02 February 2021

    How has personal resilience and leadership held up among council chief executives during the pandemic? Heather Jameson reports from a a virtual debate held by The MJ and recruitment firm Faerfield.

  • Workforce planning for a post-COVID world

    27 January 2021

    Helen Anderson says we need to use this year to start building for the future and ensuring our workforce is ready for the challenges ahead.

  • Unprecedented, but definitely not on Mute

    20 January 2021

    Julie Towers of Penna looks back on 2020 and the legacy impact on the people agenda.

  • Another interesting year lies ahead

    20 January 2021

    The pandemic only had a 'smallish impact' on recruiting in 2020, says Ben Cox of Penna. He predicts ongoing demand for OD, transformation/change and D&I roles plus a resurgence in place-based recruitment.

  • Knowing when to hit the dance floor

    13 January 2021

    GatenbySanderson’s Phil Whitman outlines the importance of embracing adaptive leadership in public services.