Solace South East Branch Annual Seminar - 11-12 June 2015


11 Jun 2015


De Vere Venues
Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue




'Compete or Collaborate – changing cultures'

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. In order to meet this demand and continue to deliver high quality services, we as leaders need to be agile, be adaptable; and be able to do things differently. The programme heard from a range of speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences and advised on what skills we need to ensure we are fully equipped to meet the future challenges ahead.

Seminar Programme 

Thursday 11 June 2015 


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Welcome and Introduction to the Seminarfrom the Solace South East Branch
Chair: Chas Bradfield, Solace South East Branch Board Member and Director, Bradfield Solutions Ltd


Opening Keynote:
The UK public sector is changing substantially and will continue to do so; the choice between strategies – competition / collaboration is it a real one?; what are the emerging trends; a forecast for the next 10 years; the challenge for public sector leaders; view from the centre.
The Lord Kerslake will share with us his view of the above challenges plus what he sees the next 10 years may hold for the sector.
Questions & discussion


Commerce and Competition
This session will hear from a director's experiences of a commercial approach ; leadership challenges; teams and skills set needed; tough decisions; political challenges; community views; future trends?
Speaker: Julie Fisher, Director of Business Services, Surrey County Council
Questions & discussion

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Post Election Challenges
This session will explore the implications for the sector in the aftermath of this year's elections and provide an overview of the priorities that the Solace Policy board is pursuing, the work of the branch, and how you can get more involved!
Speakers – Solace Board member – Abdool Kara, Chief Executive, Swale BC and Sandy Hopkins, Solace South East Branch Vice-Chair and Chief Executive of East Hants District and Havant Borough Councils.
Questions & discussion

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Seminar Sponsor




Pre-Dinner Drinks - sponsored by cityfibre logo


Dinner - sponsored by capita logo

Welcome address: Giles Reid, BPO Services Sales Director, Capita Local Government

After Dinner Speaker - Leadership under pressure
Catherine Staite, Director, INLOGOV

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Friday 12 June 2015 


For Residential Delegates only:
Breakfast from 07.00, Check-out by 9.00


Welcome and Introduction to Day 2
Chair: Annie Righton , Solace South East Branch Board Member and Head of Health and Community Safety, New Forest District Council


Leading beyond organisational boundaries
This session will explore some of the place-based, issue-based or partnership based challenges of leading beyond organisational boundaries. We will look at the DEAL and RELATIONSHIP aspects of collaborative leadership and the need to create the right environment to enable collaborative working to flourish.
It will be an energetic and engaging and challenging workshop providing food for thought and sharing techniques to try.
Workshop Leader: Manny Gatt, MD Shared Service Architects

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Panel session: Collaborate or Compete...
Four experiences and viewpoints:
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.
David McNulty, Chief Executive, Surrey County Council
Dave Curry, Chief Officer, Hampshire Fire & Rescue
Richard Watson, Director of Ground Operational National Police Air Service
Questions & discussion
Chair – Manny Gatt


Refreshments and Networking


Future shape of Local Government: Skills to Lead
There is ongoing debate and discussion about the future. Local government needs to place greater value of developing leaders who can address the challenges of today and those ahead in the future so that it can continue delivering high quality services. Catherine will talk to us about her research on what skills and capabilities are desirable to lead and inspire.
Questions and Discussion.
Speaker: Catherine Staite, Director, INLOGOV

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Closing address and summary: Chair’s Summary


Seminar ends with networking Lunch