Policy

Solace is a non-political, pan-public sector, UK wide organisation which represents individuals from all tiers of management and across a wide range of professions. The breadth and depth of our membership gives us a unique, strong and credible voice in the policy arena. Directed by our members, the Solace team seeks to: influence the debate about the future of public services; ensure that national policy is based on robust evidence about what works on the ground and is shaped around the expertise of our members; and assist in the delivery of effective local policy implementation.

Our policy work is led by a team of policy spokespeople and deputy spokespeople leading on a range of issues across local public services policy, and headed up by our President.

Key policy work for the President and spokespeople includes representing the sector in conversations with government officials, as well as the media; sharing best practice across the sector; forming effective partnerships with relevant organisations; and, contributing to proactive policy thinking and development.

The policy team also contributes to the Society's events programme. These events are designed to provide opportunities for Solace members to learn about the latest thought leadership and research in specific policy areas and to share, learn from and network with colleagues from local government, the wider public sector and the third and private sectors. The Events diary, as well as information about past events, can be found here.

 

President

The President of the Society is elected at the Society's Annual General Meeting for a period of office of two years. The President leads the Society's policy work as well as attending the Group Board of Directors. The chief role of the President is to be the visible ambassador for the Society and for the profession.

Martin Swales

President

Martin Swales

 

Children and Families

The Children and Families team will continue thinking about the role of local authorities in education, responding to changes in the inspection regime and thinking more fundamentally about the future shape of children’s and family-related services. 

Phil Norrey

Spokesperson

Phil Norrey

Merran McRae

Deputy

Merran McRae

Philip Simpkins

Deputy

Philip Simpkins


Deputy

Kath O’Dwyer

 

Civil Resilience and Community Safety

The Civil Resilience and Community Safety network will act as a sounding board to provide a forum for open discussion on current civil resilience and community safety policy issues. It will provide a Local Authority perspective on the impacts of UK civil resilience policy on service delivery and provide advice to government on aspects of policy that need to take account of Local Authority operations. For further information about the network, click here

Stephen Baker

Spokesperson

Stephen Baker

Kersten England

Deputy

Kersten England

 

Community Wellbeing

The Community Wellbeing spokespeople will continue to influence the national policy agenda around national health and care services and support reform and health and social care integration. 

Paul Najsarek

Spokesperson

Paul Najsarek

 
Robin Tuddenham

Deputy

Robin Tuddenham

Manjeet Gill

Deputy

Manjeet Gill

 

Digital Leadership

Solace's Digital Leadership work focuses on increasing the understanding and development of ‘digital’ in local public services and local authority transformation, working with partners across the sector to harness its potential. Read the latest policy statement here.


Spokesperson

Matt Prosser

Alison

Deputy

Alison Mckenzie-Folan

William

Deputy

William Benson

 

Economic Prosperity & Housing

The Economic Prosperity and Housing network will look at the critical role local authorities play in promoting economic growth and prosperity in their places. It will look at how councils work with LEPs, Combined Authorities and others in partnership approaches across the public, private and voluntary sectors. For further information about the network, click here

Joanna Killian

Spokesperson

Joanna Killian

Stephen Gaskell

Deputy

Stephen Gaskell

Tom Stannard

Deputy

Tom Stannard

 

Elections and Democratic Renewal

The Elections and Democratic Renewal network will conduct research into the policy challenges posed by the move to individual electoral registration (IER), the development of pilot Electoral Managements Boards across England to improve consistency and standards, as well as issues related to the upcoming General Election in 2015. For further information about the network, click here

Louise Round

Spokesperson

Louise Round

Mark Hynes

Deputy

Mark Hynes

 

Evidence Based Policy

The Evidenced-Based Policy network will work to ensure that policy implementation and commissioning decisions at the local level are based upon robust evidence whilst delivering the analytics required for building the evidence of the future. For further information about the network, click here

Deputy

Jason Lowther

Kate Waterhouse

Deputy

Kate Waterhouse

 

Innovation and Commissioning

The Innovation and Commissioning team will lead the development of Solace’s guidance and advice on local government innovation, commissioning, sourcing and procurement and it will work to influence national policies and standards. For further information about the network, click here.

Spokesperson

Niall Bolger

Aidan Rave

Deputy

Aidan Rave

 

Leadership and Learning

The Leadership and Learning network will lead Solace’s thinking about the future leadership requirements of senior officers in local public services, the changing workforce in the sector and how the Society helps contribute to individual and organisation development. 

Jo Miller

Spokesperson

Jo Miller

 
Susan Parsonage

Deputy

Susan Parsonage

 

Local Government Finance

The Local Government Finance network will work to address the increasing challenges posed by funding cuts for local government and advise the government on policies related to this area. 


Martin Reeves

Spokesperson

Martin Reeves

 

Katherine Fairclough

Deputy

Katherine Fairclough

 
Sandy Hopkins

Deputy

Sandy Hopkins

 

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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