Donna Hall

Donna Hall

Donna Hall CBE is chair of the New Local Government Network and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mending a shattered society

    15 October 2019

    Local government must be the glue that mends the broken bonds of our communities, writes Donna Hall.

  • Joining the new power dots

    11 September 2019

    Donna Hall explains that ‘permanently wiring new power’ into the way the organisation and system do business takes time and is difficult, but it is the only way it will work for the long-term.

  • Setting the right playing field

    24 July 2019

    Donna Hall assesses the value of strong belief systems against the all too common trend to measure progress in a mechanical manner, and says the public sector can benefit from an adaptable take on the former

  • Communities know best

    26 June 2019

    The New Local Government Network has been overwhelmed by the positive reaction to its call for a social movement of public servants and communities, writes Donna Hall

  • It’s our time to step up

    12 June 2019

    Donna Hall asks what local government and other public services can do to ‘glue society back together in our localities’ in the ‘complete absence of national social policy’.

  • Don’t be afraid to jump in the deep end

    22 May 2019

    Donna Hall maintains that if we are serious about bringing about positive change we need to work out how our own behaviours influence the culture of an organisation or a team.

  • We need a public policy rewrite to fix social mobility

    08 May 2019

    Donna Hall says the real burning issue at the heart of the social mobility debate is the need to fundamentally reboot the economy alongside local economies and develop a more effective national skills strategy.

  • A new social contract – the Community Paradigm

    17 April 2019

    The time is right for a new vision for the future of our communities, according to Donna Hall – a paradigm shift in thinking that is as revolutionary and fundamental as Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s social contract.

  • A council’s culture eats its strategies for breakfast, dinner and tea

    29 January 2019

    Rip up all those wordy strategies that hardly anyone even reads. They just don’t work, says Donna Hall. She describes a better way for council chief executives and leaders to spend their time.

  • Unlocking the power of people

    08 January 2019

    Donna Hall says Greater Manchester’s radical new place-based model is bringing together teams to help support each family and each person in their area.

  • How to balance budgets while creating happiness

    28 November 2018

    Most councils are struggling to balance their social care budgets, but Wigan MBC generated a small surplus while radically remodelling services. Donna Hall shares her journey

  • Balancing demand is both a science and an art

    04 September 2018

    Management of demand rejects the idea of cuts to achieve short-term aims, says Donna Hall.

  • Pushing for equality

    04 April 2018

    Wigan MBC’s chief executive, Donna Hall, discusses her council’s positive gender pay gap.

  • Donna Hall: Let’s bring back the Audit Commission

    28 March 2018

    Donna Hall believes Northamptonshire CC’s situation and the changing nature of chief executives’ roles means the sector needs a modern national body to support whole-place transformation.

  • The Deal makers

    14 June 2017

    Donna Hall explains how a new strategy for Wigan MBC is laying the foundations to better manage demand and strengthen communities.

  • Cracking down on alcohol abuse

    09 September 2014

    Alcohol abuse is blighting the lives of Greater Manchester’s residents. Now the council is taking action by joining up services to combat the problem, writes Donna Hall

  • A ray of sunshine for Wigan

    14 May 2014

    Actively engaging with the community has allowed Wigan MBC to economically solve many service problems, including boosting social care. Donna Hall explains

  • Wigan and the art of building better self-reliance

    08 January 2014

    Wigan Council has committed £2m of investment to deliver the authority’s non-statutory obligations, explains Donna Hall.

  • Winning Wigan makes wonderful things happen

    29 May 2013

    Donna Hall explains how a tide of goodwill and global recognition has come to the town of Wigan.

  • Leading by example

    27 March 2013

    Donna Hall reflects on her first year as chief executive of Wigan MBC.