Solace Annual Leadership Forum 2017


2 Mar 2017


Eversheds Sutherland Office
1 Wood Street



This event was sponsored by:

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Dr Henry Kippin

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.


(Subject to change)


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Welcome and Introduction to the Forum

Chairs: Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council and Becky Shaw, Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council


Welcome from the sponsors


Session 1

Leadership in Action: The View from industry

Dr Karen Hester
Karen joined Adnams in 1988 as a part-time cleaner and with a background in Army logistics and transport, her expertise in operational management was soon spotted. Having progressed in logistics, procurement and transport, Karen became Operations Director in 2007. In 2008 Karen won the title of East of England Business Woman of the Year and in 2013 won the CBI First Women Business of the Year title in recognition of Adnams’ success in supporting women employees to reach their full potential. Karen is also a Magistrate and joined the Adnams Board in 2015. In October 2015, Karen was awarded an honorary doctorate by University Campus Suffolk (UCS). Questions and Discussion


Lunch and networking


Session 2

Leadership in Action: the view from Local Government

Cllor Claire Kober, Leader, Haringey Council
became Leader of Haringey in December 2008. In her time as Leader, Claire has prioritised education outcomes for all children in the borough, wide-scale regeneration and delivering better housing. Claire is the Chair of London Councils, the regional body bringing together the capital’s 32 boroughs to lobby for fairer funding and a better quality of life for Londoners. She plays a senior role at a national level as Chair of the Resources Board and portfolio holder at the LGA.
Questions and Discussion.


Session 3

Ignite: Developing leadership fit for the future - INTERACTIVE SESSION

Meeting the challenges ahead require us to ‘think like a system’ and ‘act like an entrepreneur’. This requires a shift in the way leadership development works – more collaborative, more nuanced, more focused on credibility. Solace has brought together the LGA, the RSA and Collaborate to launch a bespoke programme that challenges existing modes of leadership and seeks to build capability amongst existing Chief Executives. Overall the focus has to be on answering: "What skills or behaviours do Chief Executives need to develop or display in order to be effective when dealing with the big, tricky ‘stuff’ facing us now and in the future; how do we need to change and how do we influence those around us to come on that journey with us?”
Dr Henry Kippin, Collaborate, will talk further about what the ignite programme and progress to date
Questions and Discussion 


Round up and Summary

Chairs: Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council and Becky Shaw, Chief Executive, East Sussex County Council


Seminar ends with refreshments and time for networking


Followed by the Annual Charity Dinner (by invitation only) for Solace Member public sector serving Chief Executive and Senior Managers, to be held at the Guoman Tower Hotel, London 
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