The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace Group) Ltd (Formally The Solace Foundation)
The Solace Group carries out educational and other work which falls within the charitable aspects of the Society's own objectives.
The charity is controlled by its governing document, a deed of trust, and constitutes a limited company, limited by guarantee, as defined by the Companies Act 2006.
It is governed by a memorandum and articles of association which were last amended and ratified by the trustees on 8th November 2001.
The Trustees of the Solace Group are appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers. It has been the custom in the past for the existing Trustees to be re-appointed and any other Members of the Society are invited to put their names forward.
John O’Brien (Chair)
Please telephone 0845 652 4010 for more information on the Solace Group and its work.
Objectives and Activity
The objectives of the Solace Group are:
"To promote any charitable purpose in particular the relief of poverty, sickness and distress, the advancement of education, the preservation and protection of health, the provision of public works and services and public amenities and facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare, particularly through the promotion of efficiency and good practice in local government."
The purpose of the Solace Group is to help to give effect to the Solace family's wider goals, from within the limits of charitable activity. The principal activity of Solace during the year was to promote the cause of Local Government and to provide support and professional development of Chief Executives and Senior Managers in Local Government. The Solace Group aims to advance the education and training of serving local government officers by creating an additional source of energy and innovation which is complementary to the main aims of the Solace family and brings new insights and perspectives, not least by involving a wider range of people in its activities.
Under Chair John O'Brien, the Trustees have agreed three priority activity areas. These are to develop:
(i) The role of the Solace Group as a champion and broker of 'evidence led' policy making in the sector and being a gateway for research in local government,
(ii) The harnessing of talent in the sector, and playing a part in supporting its development,
(iii) The Solace Foundation Imprint with delivery of the outputs to the sector through the use of new social media.
Local Leadership Hub
In October 2012, the Solace Group launched the Local Leadership Hub in partnership with the Guardian Public Leaders Network. This online hub has quickly developed into an influential forum for local government leaders and policy experts to express their views on and offer recommendations regarding emerging policy agendas and the key challenges facing local authorities and the public sector more broadly.
Articles relate to quarterly themes decided upon by the Solace Group Editorial Board of prominent local government figures and guest-edited by a leader in the relevant field. Lord Michael Bichard is the Editor-in-Chief and Dr Clive Grace chairs the Editorial Board, which also includes:
Carolyn Downes, Chief Executive, Local Government Association
John O'Brien, Chief Executive, London Councils and Chair Solace Group
Joanna Killian, Chief Executive, Essex County Council
Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, London Borough of Haringey
David Walker, Guardian Newspaper
Darra Singh, Ernst and Young
Graeme McDonald, Director of Solace
Between October 2005 and the launch of the Local Leadership Hub, the Solace Group published a wide range of pamphlets in partnership with the Guardian newspaper. The Solace Group works with a range of public and private organisations which have sponsored individual pamphlets. Previous partners include the IDeA, the Leadership Centre, the Audit Commission, the Design Council, Capita, Amey and Steria.
These pamphlets are targeted at senior strategic managers and each contains a range of policy recommendations, views and perspectives from policy experts, decision-makers, practitioners and commentators.
You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 or above to view the above documents. This programme can be downloaded free of charge here
Solace Springboard was launched in April 2012 as a 12 month development programme primarily aimed at local authority officers between the Graduate and Director Levels. The programme is open to both Solace members and non-members and is targetted at middle managers with the aspiration and potential to move into senior management positions.
On 14 November 2013 recruitment for Solace Springboard 2014 was launched. The Solace Group put out a call for the best twenty up and coming managers in local government who will be the future leaders of the sector. Applications close on Thursday 5th December.
Springboard 2014 will build on the first programme by offering free Solace membership for a year, invitations to several exclusive Solace events, an external mentor, a small programme of one-day workshops and other shadowing and learning opportunities. In return, the programme is looking for people who are keen to use the opportunity to give their career a ‘Springboard’ – taking charge of their own learning, getting involved in new things and developing skills and experiences which will help them move on.
If you are interested in applying for Springboard 2014, more information can be found here. Any further questions or queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace Group) Ltd is a Company Limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales
Registered number: 4053417.
Charity Registration No: 1084419
VAT Registration Number: 905208058