The Solace Group of companies contains a membership organisation, a commercial services arm and a charitable trust.

Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector. We are committed to public sector excellence. We provide our members with opportunities for personal and professional development and seek to influence the debate about the future of public services to ensure that policy and legislation reflect the experience and expertise of our members.


Annual Reports

All Annual Reports produced by Solace are available to download below.

You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or above to view these documents. If you do not have this on your computer, it can be downloaded free of charge by clicking here.


Our Strategic Objectives

The Society’s strategic objectives are set out in our annual business plan.
Read the Solace Business Plan 2013/14 February 2013

Our strategic objectives for 2013/14 are to:

  • Provide excellent opportunities for our members to learn, share and to network with each other and with leaders from other areas of public life
  • Influence the debate about the future of public services and to ensure that policy is informed by the experience and expertise of our members
  • Build the integrity and reputation of public service management

Our strategic priorities for 2013/14 are to:

  • Develop members’ skills in managing leadership
  • Promote sector sustainability and the reputation of the profession
  • Enable members to more effectively promote local economic growth and manage the impact of recession


How Solace Works

Solace is run by its members for its members. The Solace Management Board is the organisation’s main decision-making body- members of the Board are elected annually by the Solace membership at the Annual General Meeting.

The Solace Management Board is supported by a staff team led by the Director of Solace and the Director of Resources.


Solace Business Partner Programme

The Solace Business Partner Programme is a long-established programme of activity operated jointly by key private and voluntary sector organisations, Solace and its members. It provides an opportunity for partners to work closely with local government professionals and is unique in that it promotes and encourages the development and exchange of creative ideas, improved communications and innovative products and services.

More information about the Business partner programme is available here.


Legal Information

Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales.

Registered number: 4053417.

Registered Office:

Off Southgate,

VAT Registration Number: 905 2080 58.


London Location

Pontefract Location