One of the most significant benefits of Solace Membership is the chance to be a part of a wide network of public sector professionals from across the UK, but also to meet and get to know individuals in your region or area. With members in all types of local authority as well as in police, fire and health organisations, government departments, voluntary organisations and in self-employment, the SOLACE network offers a wealth of experience, knowledge and support. The Solace Member Directory can help you find colleagues in your area and/or who share your policy interests.



The Solace Network is made up of 12 geographical branches, many of which run seminars, conferences and activities in addition to the work of the central Solace team. You can access more information about your branch – including contact details and notices of upcoming events – by clicking on the links below.

We must continue to support each other in our leadership challenge and to truly celebrate what is great, innovative, inspirational and life-changing about working in public services and particularly local government.
Martin Reeves
Past Solace President & Coventry Chief Executive
Local government is officially the most efficient part of the public sector.
David Cameron
Former Prime Minister
Solace is an important source of innovative public policy ideas and research for local government.
Tom Riordan
Leeds Chief Executive
I enjoy getting things done. My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something. There's where we have to go in local government, in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you. They have to go to the edge.
Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago 1989-2011
Solace is an invaluable voice in the ongoing debate about the future of our public services- working to ensure that policy is shaped to reflect the experience and expertise of senior local government managers and embodies the spirit of public sector excellence.
Stephen Hughes
Former Birmingham Chief Executive
There is no nobler sphere for those who have not the opportunity of engaging in imperial politics than to take part in municipal work.
Joseph Chamberlain
Mayor of Birmingham 1873-76 & Cabinet Secretary for Trade 1880-85, Colonies 1895-1903
Solace seminars and conferences provide vital learning and networking opportunities for public sector professionals from across the UK.
Elma Murray
North Ayrshire Chief Executive
Local Government has a key responsibility in shaping places- connecting the unique and distinctive capabilities of our areas with the opportunities of an ever more inter-dependent world.
Barry Quirk
Lewisham Chief Executive & author on public leadership
I couldn't have applied for my current job without the experience I gained through my time on the Solace Springboard scheme. I owe Solace a big thank you for that.
Elissa Rospigliosi
Strategic Development & Transformation Officer at Dacorum Borough Council