Julie Towers

  • Hybrid hiring and working – here to stay?

    09 August 2022

    Penna’s Julie Towers shares the views of hybrid hires and hiring managers from a recent webinar held alongside the Public Services People Managers Association (PPMA).


  • For the love of the game

    13 July 2022

    Julie Towers shares the key findings from the recent Love Local Government webinar hosted by The MJ and Inner Circle Consulting.


  • A deserving shortlist for MJ SLT of the Year Award

    26 May 2022

    There was a greater focus on inequalities, diversity and inclusion, transparency, performance management and organisation development in the entries for the senior leadership team (SLT) of the year category of The MJ Awards, says Julie Towers.


  • Don't lose focus on your people

    15 February 2022

    Julie Towers has the questions workplaces should be asking themselves as the sector faces unprecedented challenges.


  • 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.


  • Caring for care leavers: The Covenant Employers’ Charter

    17 November 2021

    A helping hand in the form of a well-meaning mentor, some CV advice, interview preparation… everything can make a difference to young care leavers. And as Julie Towers explains, a new charter has been launched to help them flourish.


  • 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.


  • Through turbulent times – let’s celebrate leadership

    10 August 2021

    Penna is proud to sponsor the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists.


  • Is Black Lives Matter making a difference?

    08 June 2021

    Managing director of Penna Julie Towers reflects on the rightful and renewed focus on diversity and inclusion since the tragic murder of George Floyd.


  • 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.


  • From good to great

    07 October 2020

    In the wake of The MJ’s successful virtual achievement awards last week, Penna’s Julie Towers takes a look at what qualities lead to success in a leadership team.


  • What makes senior leadership teams great?

    19 August 2020

    Although the winner won't be known until 2 October, Julie Towers of Penna presents a round-up of the uniting leadership factors of the five councils shortlisted in the Senior Leadership Team category at The MJ Awards.


  • Test, test, test the tech!

    24 June 2020

    Managing director of Penna Julie Towers offers some key observations on virtual recruitment, and says many of the online elements will be retained when lockdown eases further.


  • Will COVID-19 mean we tackle poor leadership head-on?

    13 May 2020

    COVID-19 has put leadership right in the spotlight, says Julie Towers. The early findings of the annual MJ Leadership Survey pre-COVID noted a positive move towards more authentic and adaptive leadership, she adds.


  • Recruiting in the coronavirus crisis

    25 March 2020

    How do you adapt to attract talent during the coronavirus crisis? Penna’s Julie Towers shares her experience of the new normal in recruitment.


  • In recruitment the art is more important that the science

    04 December 2018

    Julie Towers advocates rigorous assessment and due diligence to test the suitability, experience and capability of candidates; but in her view it’s the ‘art’ that is more important.


  • 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.


  • Regardless of leadership style, being human is essential

    19 July 2017

    Following the leadership response to the Grenfell tragedy, Julie Towers says the human touch is an underestimated trait and yet is the most powerful.


  • You get what you pay for

    11 April 2017

    Julie Towers explains why local government senior management pay should be everybody’s business.


  • Careful consideration needed before £1m investment

    12 April 2016

    If you were spending £1m on something that you were going to live with every day for about five years or more, how much time do you think you’d spend considering the purchase, asks managing director of Penna Recruitment Solutions, Julie Towers.