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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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