• Transparency calls over monitoring officer departure

    08 April 2024

    Salford City Council’s opposition leader has called for transparency over a settlement agreement The MJ understands was paid to its departing monitoring officer.

  • Embracing innovation in leadership recruitment

    03 April 2024

    Ben Parsonage offers some practical strategies for identifying leaders who can help promote innovation and creativity across your organisation.

  • Ministers urged to 'change course' on high streets law

    03 April 2024

    Councils have urged ministers to ‘change course’ as they push ahead with plans to make them produce improvement plans for some of their high streets.

  • 'Business as usual' for Lancashire councillors despite resignations

    02 April 2024

    Councillors in Lancashire have insisted it will be ‘business as usual’ despite 20 resignations in protest at the leadership of the national Labour party.

  • Bear traps 

    25 March 2024

    To escape from a 'bear trap' question in an open question-and-answer session don’t try and come up with the perfect answer or solution, advises Blair Mcpherson.

  • Future Forum: Councils hit by absence of employee value propositions

    21 March 2024

    The ability of councils to attract, keep and develop future talent is being hit by the absence of a defined employee value proposition (EVP), The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.

  • Officer-councillor tensions affecting outcomes, review finds

    20 March 2024

    ‘Clear and obvious tensions’ between Teignbridge DC’s executive and senior leadership team are ‘inhibiting progress and damaging the council’s reputation,’ a review has warned.

  • Six observations from my time as PPMA president

    15 March 2024

    Against a challenging backdrop for public services, PPMA president Gordon McFarlane sets out six key reflections from his two years at the helm.

  • A new era of cross party working and grown-up politics in Broadland

    08 March 2024

    One year into a new political leadership era at Broadland DC the story is one of no egos, no gatekeeping and no partisan point scoring, says Natasha Harpley.

  • BCP breaks the glass ceiling

    06 March 2024

    Writing for International Women’s Day, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s leader Cllr Vikki Slade says it’s time to celebrate progress on female representation within the local authority.

  • When prevention is the real cure

    06 March 2024

    Greg Fell draws from examples across the British Isles to highlight some of the work done by directors of public health to support residents to lead longer and healthier lives.

  • Moving forward after failure

    06 March 2024

    Ed Hammond considers the governance challenges facing members under section 114 and other models of oversight and the implications for member-officer relationships.

  • Slough intervention could continue after November - Government

    22 February 2024

    Whitehall intervention in Conservative-led Slough BC could continue beyond November, the Government has suggested.

  • How can we plan for the future of urban regeneration?

    22 February 2024

    With public funding for development down and expectations up, Nick Walkley says the future of regeneration will need new forms of collaboration across sectors.

  • Time to break the barriers

    20 February 2024

    Nicola Chiverton argues there is more to be done in key areas such as social inclusion if the sector is to make a success of tackling its workforce crisis.

  • Turning the tide on the ‘post-politician’ era

    15 February 2024

    Chris Criscione highlights some ways he believes local government can – slowly but surely – improve its reputation and communicate better with its residents.

  • Hitting the right notes

    13 February 2024

    Kate Kennally deployed a musical metaphor on receiving the Chief Executive of the Year prize at The MJ Achievement Awards 2023. Here she talks to Paul Marinko about winning the title and how she has conducted Cornwall Council to success.

  • Taking public health right to the top

    13 February 2024

    Many directors of public health have the leadership approach, experience and technical ability to make excellent chief executives and they need the opportunities to reach the top role, says Julia Weldon.

  • Thinking critically in the Rubik’s cube of place

    13 February 2024

    Neil Gibson, facilitator of ADEPT and Amey’s Pioneering, Action-orientated, Creative and Entrepreneurial programme, explains the importance of investing in thought leadership.

  • Place shapers wanted

    06 February 2024

    George Agyemang and Pete John of Penna share their experiences over the past few years on the leadership talent market for place, regeneration and growth, and have strong hopes for this year.