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  • A time of Black pride – Celebrating #ProudToBe this BHM

    • 14 Oct 2021
    • Alexis Curtis-Harris is Penna’s Diversity & Inclusion Lead

    Celebrating Black History Month, Penna’s diversity and inclusion leader, Alexis Curtis-Harris, gives her perspective on why she’s ‘Proud to Be Black’

  • A diverse challenge for the sector

    • 7 Oct 2021
    • Steve Guest is Director of Executive Recruitment and Assessment at Solace in Business

    With concerns about the immediate leadership pipeline of staff, and wider challenges facing councils in the ongoing battle for talent, the issue of recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce across the sector has never been more important. Steve Guest looks at how Solace is approaching this challenge at a systemic and operational level, and also how we as individuals can help effect meaningful change.

  • A critical juncture for integration

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • Chris Barrow - Senior Consultant at Tile Hill

    Chris Barrow discusses how 'true integration' into all service areas is needed to attract and retain staff

  • When recruiting, what are the challenges to success?

    • 23 Sep 2021
    • Dawar Hashmi is Partner, Executive Search (Government, Health and Housing) at Green Park

    Dawar Hashmi discusses how to get the best out of working with external recruiters and offers some key tips

  • Making a success of succession

    • 16 Sep 2021
    • Simon Ray is a director at Hamptons Resourcing

    Simon Ray looks at the benefits of having a clear policy of succession planning, and offers some key tips to ensure your organisation’s strategy is an effective one.

  • A national HR and OD alliance

    • 9 Sep 2021
    • Manny Sandhu is director of leadership, OD and resourcing at West Midlands Employers

    Manny Sandhu champions the impact of a new academy collaboration aimed at inspiring local people-leaders – in particular those in HR and OD – to pool their expertise to create innovation and change for the sector.

  • Governance under the spotlight

    • 2 Sep 2021
    • Seb Lowe is a partner with GatenbySanderson’s local government practice.

    More than ever, councils need to have the right systems of finance and governance in place – and as Seb Lowe explains, the role of the in-house monitoring officer in particular is one that has to change

  • More than just a recruiter

    • 19 Aug 2021
    • Gemma Stevenson-Coupe is a consultant – talent acquisition and development, at Solace

    In the post-pandemic world, recruiters have the opportunity to take a fresh look at how they view their interim candidates – and in particular how they support and care for them. Gemma Stevenson-Coupe outlines how Solace have approached this issue

  • Through turbulent times – let’s celebrate leadership

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • Julie Towers is managing director of Penna

    Penna is proud to be long-term sponsors of the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Although the 2021 winner won’t be revealed until 17 September, Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists

  • How will neighbourhoods look post-pandemic?

    • 5 Aug 2021
    • Kate Wilson is development manager at Osborne Thomas

    As the country attempts to recover from the impact of COVID, ‘place’ is currently being prioritised ahead of other corporate directorates and directives. And as Kate Wilson reveals, those with good local leadership and the best talent will emerge in the best position to cope with the economic fallout.

  • Tell me what you want, what you really, really want

    • 29 Jul 2021
    • Frazer Thouard is a partner with GatenbySanderson’s local government executive search practice

    Frazer Thouard looks at how recruiting the right candidates is set to become more challenging than ever – so anticipating what the market wants is going to be vital to future success

  • Change from within to attract from outside

    • 22 Jul 2021
    • Rebecca Davis is Chief Executive of West Midlands Employers

    Rebecca Davis discusses the results of research into diversity within our organisations, and finds that the benefits can be significant if we hold the mirror up to ourselves and commit to long-term change

  • Understanding your talent gap

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • Jon Dilling and Gemma Matin are Sourcing Leads at Penna

    Are you having trouble hiring specialists and managers? You’re not alone. Jon Dilling and Gemma Matin of Penna recently hosted a webinar to discuss and share learning around tackling hard to fill roles. Its clear many organisations are experiencing challenges with recruitment – but as the webinar evidenced, solutions can be found.

  • Getting set for a post 9-to-5 culture

    • 8 Jul 2021
    • Jason Wheatley is a Partner at Færfield

    The ‘death of Dolly’? Jason Wheatley explains why it’s important organisations re-imagine their places of work to meet the changing requirements of a post-pandemic world

  • Remote working – the new personal challenge

    • 1 Jul 2021
    • Nicola Chiverton is a managing consultant for the Solace Interim Team

    Has virtual working blurred the line between our personal and professional ‘self’? Nicola Chiverton asks the question as the workforce emerges from a post-pandemic world

  • How to retain an inclusive workforce

    • 24 Jun 2021
    • Anj Popat is senior consultant at Tile Hill

    Actions speak louder than words, says Anj Popat, and while having an inclusive recruitment process may help attract a more diverse workforce, without the right culture it does not guarantee retaining that talent

  • Tackling the social care talent deficit

    • 17 Jun 2021
    • Philip Emms is a consultant within GatenbySanderson’s local government practice

    The development of the future leaders within councils, be that in children’s services or elsewhere, must start now, says Philip Emms.

  • Is Black Lives Matter making a difference?

    • 10 Jun 2021
    • Julie Towers is managing director of Penna

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

  • Successful leadership – top five emerging themes

    • 3 Jun 2021
    • Jes Ladva is Partner – Local and Central Government, at Odgers Interim

    Jes Ladva gives his assessment on the key leadership skills developing in local government for a bright post-pandemic future

  • Forwards, not backwards

    • 27 May 2021
    • Neil Lupin is managing partner at Green Park Interim & Executive Search.

    The world of work has changed irreversibly since COVID, says Neil Lupin, and from leadership level onwards it is time to embrace the physical and emotional benefits of workplace transformation