Solace East of England Seminar - Devolution and Leadership in the Post-Election World


26 Jun 2015


Ipswich Town Football Club
Portman Road



This event is sponsored by

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As local government leaders, we have an operating climate where there is a huge demand for services whilst at the same time we face unprecedented cuts in budgets. Speakers shares their knowledge and experiences and advise on the skills we need to ensure we are fully equipped to meet the challenges in to post election world. Devolution is a key theme discussed by a range of speakers with opportunities to debate issues raised and to explore the possible challenges that lie ahead.



Arrival and Coffee

Nicola Beach

Welcome and Introduction to the Seminar
Nicola Beach, Chief Executive, Braintree District Council (Joint Chairman of East of England Solace)
Sponsor’s welcome: Andy Sowerby, Head of Public Sector, CityFibre

Deborah Cadman

Session 1: Post Election – Working with Government: Leadership skills required
Leadership issues arising from the election. How can we ensure we are best equipped to deal with the political environment post election?
Speaker: Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council

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Simon Willson

Session 2: Icebergs, Penguins, Cheese and All That Sort of Thing
Drawing on his recent research, Simon Willson will explore some of the issues senior leaders seem to be grappling with in today’s environment of trying to lead ever more rapid and complex change. Simon will offer some suggestions on how leaders might improve their effectiveness in leading change more successfully. 
Speaker: Dr Simon Willson, Change Management Consultant, formerly Head of Performance Management & Quality Assurance, Cambridgeshire County Council 

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Refreshment Break

Simon Parker

Session 3: Devolving Power – the future of local government
Central government cannot afford itself....local government needs to promote itself as an alternative. Who do we need to build relationships with and how do we continue to meet the challenges on health and social care.....? This session will look at what the next five years holds for local government and how different these will be from the last five?
Speaker: Simon Parker, Director, New Local Government Network

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Steven Halls

Stephen Meek

Session 4: Panel session: Devolution – will it happen and how?
Speakers/panel members will spend ten minutes sharing their experiences and viewpoints and will be challenging, provocative and engaging in order to stimulate debate and discussion.
Speakers: Nicola Beach, Chief Executive of Braintree District Council and Chairman of the Essex Chief Executives’ Association, Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council, Steven Halls, Three Rivers District Council, Stephen Meek, Programme Director, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Public Services Board 
Chair – Matthew Cross, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadland District Council


Summary and Close


Lunch and Networking