SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector. The Society promotes public sector management excellence and provides professional development for its Members who come from all areas of the public sector. Whilst the vast majority of its members work in local government it also has members operating in senior positions in health authorities, police and fire authorities and central government. SOLACE spans all of the UK, having membership in Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.
SOLACE Enterprises is wholly owned by the Society and operates, in effect, as a "not for profit" public sector company. It provides high quality, customer-focused and practical support to local government, the public sector and the voluntary sector, both in the UK and internationally.
The SOLACE Foundation carries out educational and other work which falls within the charitable aspects of the Society's own objectives. Its trustees include Society nominees. The Foundation can provide grants and bursaries for travel and visits to other local authorities in the UK or abroad and for attendance at training events.
Members are drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds and are:
- Local authority Chief Executives
- Senior Executives of local authorities (or other related organisations)
- Members of related International organisations
- Past Service Members
- Public Sector Graduates
SOLACE is particularly grateful to its partners for their support. Current major partners are BT, Zurich Municipal, Macmillan, Ordnance Survey and Liberata. Sponsorship opportunities also exist for smaller or one-off purposes. Further details can be requested by e-mailing