Events

Hundreds of Solace members and public sector professionals enjoy and learn from our seminars, conferences and social events every year. These include the annual Solace Summit, a host of policy and leadership master classes, and the Solace annual charity dinner. Each of these events is specifically designed to address Solace members’ learning, development and networking needs. The Solace events diary for the coming months, as well as booking information and details of past Solace events, is available on this page.

Solace Summit 2018 - 17-19 October 2018

17 Oct 2018

Solace works closely with Members like you to create a Summit that provides that vital post-summer injection of leadership development, best practice assessment and critical thinking around burning issues, all whilst adding challenging views and hard-won personal experience from high profile thought-leaders from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will leave with your inner leadership drive revitalised, not only for the benefit of the teams you lead and the communities you serve – but also for yourself.

Solace in the South Conference 19-20 April 2018

19 Apr

In these times of uncertainty and high pace of change, evolving your organisation may find it lagging behind and that what is needed now, is revolution.

Solace Annual Dinner 2018

15 Mar

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The Solace Annual Charity Dinner is our flagship evening event and this year will take place at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair.

This networking event is organised to bring together Chief Executives and Senior Managers from local government with private sector and government leaders. The event will also raise money for a good cause.

Solace Leadership Forum 2018

15 Mar

The Solace Annual Leadership Forum will debate and discuss the challenges leaders face across the public, private and voluntary sectors. We will share experiences of successful leadership and explore what lessons we can learn from each other.

Solace Northern Ireland Conference 2018

1 Mar

The conference will present an opportunity to hear from speakers who together will debate and discuss the challenges leaders face and will share experiences of successful leadership. 

Solace in the East of England seminar 2018

23 Feb

'Collaborative Leadership: Creating an inclusive workforce'

This event will explore how we as leaders can collectively ensure we create the right conditions to achieving inclusivity in the workplace.

Solace Annual Elections Conference 2018

25 Jan

The Elections Conference is the annual event for returning officers and senior managers who are accountable for the management of the election process.

Solace in the Midlands Conference 2017

1 Dec

"Innovation: transforming public services"

The theme of this event is innovation. As the sector faces continued challenges, it is vital that new approaches based on the needs of local communities are developed and implemented. The event will explore how innovative approaches, such as the use of data, digital and public sector assets are transforming public service delivery.

Solace Summit 2017 - 1-3 November 2017

1 Nov

Solace Summit 2017

 

Solace works closely with Members like you to create a Summit that provides that vital post-summer injection of leadership development, best practice assessment and critical thinking around burning issues, all whilst adding challenging views and hard-won personal experience from high profile thought-leaders from across the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will leave with your inner leadership drive revitalised, not only for the benefit of the teams you lead and the communities you serve – but also for yourself.

Solace Masterclass - Community Wellbeing

5 Oct

The challenges our sector faces are great. Budgets and funding have been significantly reduced year on year and yet the needs of our communities are not decreasing. Meanwhile, the ability to stimulate local growth – with a healthy, skilled workforce and strong, cohesive communities – is a growing imperative.

Solace Scotland Annual Conference - 14-15 September 2017

14 Sep

Playing to our Strengths: Connections, Collaborations and Communities

The Solace Scotland Annual Conference and Dinner will take place in the picturesque surroundings of Cumnock. The event will hear from high profile speakers and give us the opportunity to debate the issues and challenges we face plus the opportunity to network and share information and solutions to enable us as leaders to drive forward our organisations.

Eversheds Sutherland: Innovation and leadership in a changing world

11 Sep

Solace partner Eversheds Sutherland is delighted to invite Solace members to attend their Public Sector Group Conference. There is no charge to attend this event but places are limited. The Conference will be focusing on topical issues affecting the public sector and will be of interest to those working both with and within the public sector.

Solace Chief Executive Reception at the LGA Conference 2017

5 Jul

The Solace Chief Executives Drinks Reception is a free event that creates a welcome oasis within the busy LGA conference, where you can enjoy the very good company of your fellow Chief Executive Members, the Solace team and specially invited non-member Chief Executives. We do hope our Chief Executive Members will join us at this very popular Solace event.

Solace in the Midlands: 'Innovation: transforming public services'

18 May

This event has been postponed.

The theme of this event is innovation. As the sector faces continued challenges, it is vital that new approaches based on the needs of local communities are developed and implemented. The event will explore how innovative approaches, such as the use of data, digital and public sector assets are transforming public service delivery.

Solace Masterclass: How to tackle the skills crisis and enable sustainable local growth

28 Apr

 

The masterclass will explore addressing the skills needs and unemployment in local areas and how we can collectively ensure our citizens are adequately equipped to meet the demands of the modern, local and regional economies.

Solace in the South: East meets West 20-21 April 2017

20 Apr

Building on the success of the last two years of full capacity bookings Solace brings you 24 hours of East meets West Leadership time not to be missed. We have a stimulating line up of speakers who offer you the chance to be inspired, excited, encouraged and maybe even incite some debate and self-challenge. Aside from this, the 24 hours of ‘you time’ as a leader will also provide an the opportunity to meet colleagues from across the public service industry in a relaxing atmosphere and interesting surroundings. Don’t miss out on a chance to invest in you and your organisation’s future by coming to learn and exchange views on productivity, politics, profitability, probity, personality, power, persuasion, promotion and presence!.

Solace and Smart Energy GB Roundtable

19 Apr

Smart Energy – Opportunities for Local Government

The roundtable event will provide a forum to learn more about the national rollout, Smart Energy GB’s campaign to engage your residents, as well as a discussion on the importance of people-centric policymaking in developing smart infrastructure. We are delighted to be joined by the Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, who will be sharing with us an insight into the development of the city’s energy strategy.

 

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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
 

Feedback

We regularly review the planning and delivery of our events programme and welcome feedback from members and non-members alike. If you have any comments about an event which you have attended or a suggestions for a future Solace event, please do send us a note using the text box below. It is helpful if you tell us who you are (and/or the role you are currently working in) but if you prefer to remain anonymous that's fine too.