Mark Rogers is chief executive of Birmingham City Council and chair of SOLACE
To the power of four
As part of the second installment of children's services essays collated by iMPOWER, Mark Rogers argues quality services stem from a quartet of officer and political leadership at local and national level, and calls for the sector to commission a long-term partner, or partners, to drive improvement.
An uncomfortable truth
Mark Rogers says the sector is not regulating itself properly and offers a suggestion for a revamped sector-led improvement scheme.
What do voters want?
As the dust settles on the recent election results – and with more people seemingly turning up to vote – Mark Rogers uses this period of reflection to offer some advice to local and national leaders.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
There’s no place like home
Mark Rogers welcomes the housing white paper but hopes it will be bold enough to support the widest choice of property from the public, social and private sectors
Reimagining health and social care
Prevention, innovation and integration have been touted as the route to relieving social care pressures, but an overhaul of leadership and governance is also vital. Mark Rogers outlines his proposals for transforming the health and care system.
The road to recovery
The recent Ofsted report into Birmingham City Council’s children’s services may have highlighted a poor service, but it is getting better, says chief executive Mark Rogers
Shaping the Autumn Statement wishlist
Mark Rogers explains what the chancellor needs to deliver for local government in next month's Autumn Statement
Mark Rogers reflects on his busy three years as SOLACE president and passes on some crucial lessons to his sucessor – including where best to store that badge of office.
Curing the health crisis
Mark Rogers makes his plea to Government over the future of STPs and the role social care must play in the national health crisis
Stick your input in, your output out
Birmingham City Council's chief executive Mark Rogers says local government can learn from Half Man, Half Biscuit’s Nigel Blackwell.
Tale as old as time
The referendum shows we need something new from our leaders and storytelling could be crucial to rebuilding trust, says Mark Rogers
Up the hill backwards
Mark Rogers says local government must now focus on prevention, help and independence for citizens. An easy task? Perhaps not...
A journey of progress
Following the announcement that control of Birmingham’s children’s services could be transferred to a trust, Mark Rogers explains how a three-year improvement plan is ensuring improvement in the city
Reading the small print
Mark Rogers gives his view on the Queen's Speech and considers hints at another devolution drive building in central government
Give us everything
Mark Rogers says what local government really needs is commitment to devolution across Westminster
A lesson for us all
Mark Rogers explains how a speech he gave to graduates helped him reflect on the public service values he prizes most
Taking stock of the year
Mark Rogers reflects how his local government year has transformed the way he works as a chief executive.
What role for councils after Paris?
Mark Rogers considers how local government is in a unique position to deal with the national response following the tragedy in Paris
Boys don't cry
Mark Rogers reflects on how life lessons have affected his outlook on local government. Building from failure, it turns out, is Just Like Heaven.