SOLACE elects new president

By Thomas Bridge | 06 October 2016

Jo Miller is expected to be named as the new president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) after winning an election of members.

The Doncaster Council chief executive won 174 votes in the election, beating Trevor Holden, Luton Council chief executive, who won 115 votes.

Ms Miller is now due to succeed former SOLACE president Mark Rogers at next week’s AGM.

Writing for The MJ ahead of the election result, Ms Miller said: ‘It’s important that SOLACE isn’t seen as a clique. As president, I’d want to use the collaborative, distributive leadership style I use in the day job to ensure that every geographical area is heard and every member can contribute.

‘We have great resources in our membership and we can use them to significant effect. I’m convinced this is an area for us to capitalise upon.

‘I believe that SOLACE has an important voice in the debate about the future shape of public services in this country and we should ensure that it is heard.

‘It is also up to us to shape future leaders and I would want to use the president role to articulate and shape both, learning more from our colleagues across devolved administrations to shape future public services fit for people.’

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