SOLACE Wales is the Welsh Branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (UK). While being an important component of the UK framework, the Branch operates largely independently as the representative body for senior managers working within local government. The Society’s members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, and while engaging with all major players in Welsh governance at both local and national level, SOLACE Wales has a unique role to play in offering a corporate view of local government.


Five portfolios created with greater alignment to the portfolios of SOLACE (UK) with a lead Chief Executive supported by a group of peer colleagues.  The five portfolios are set out below with the lead for each shown:-

Organisational Change and Sustainable Service Delivery – Colin Everett (Flintshire)
Families and Communities – Jeremy Patterson (Powys)
Learning and Skills – Mark James (Carmarthenshire)
Economy and Place – Gareth Chapman (Merthyr)
Workforce Planning and Organisational Development – Darren Mepham (Bridgend)

The roles for the leads are:

- to be a first point of contact for external partner bodies
- to co-ordinate consultation responses and evidence giving
- to initiate or contribute to research and projects
- to keep up the profile and influence of Solace as a respected professional body

Please make full use of the portfolio leads and treat them as a first point of contact.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Darren Mepham
Chief Executive, Bridgend County Borough Council

Vice Chair:
Rob Thomas
Chief Executive, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Past Chair:
Dr Helen Paterson
Chief Executive, Wrexham County Borough Council

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