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Our Solace

Our Solace

About Solace

Committed to promoting public sector excellence

Great professionals enable great places. Solace is the network that makes it happen. Whether you’re an organisation looking to develop your talent and attract the best in the business, an executive leader looking for access to industry expertise and an extensive network of forward-thinking professionals, or an individual at the start of your career in search of career guidance, Solace exists to enable you to reach your full potential.

Who are Solace?

Solace is the UK’s leading membership network for public sector and local government professionals. We currently represent over 1600 members across the UK, and have regional branches across the country which play host to a number of events such as regional development days, skills days and networking opportunities.

Our business comprises two key teams, Solace is our parent charity, which covers everything from membership and development to policy and events. Solace in Business is our profit for purpose subsidiary focusing on Executive Recruitment & Assesment, Interim Management, Business Partnerships, and Sponsorships, and Solace.

Our objectives are:

  • To provide excellent opportunities for current and future professional leaders of local government to learn, develop and network with each other
  • To influence the debate about the future of public services and to ensure that policy is informed by the experience and expertise of our members
  • To build the integrity and reputation of public service leadership

You can read more about the benefits of Solace membership by clicking here.

 

Chairs & President

Solace Chair

Gavin Jones, Chief Executive, Essex County Council

Solace in Business Chair

John Comber, former Chief Executive, London Borough of Greenwich

Solace President

Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

English Regional Chairs

South East England

Patricia Hughes, Joint Chief Executive, Hart District Council

South West England

Sophie Hosking, Chief Executive, South Hams District Council

London

Lesley Seary, formerly Chief Executive, London Borough of Islington

East Midlands

Simon Bovey, Deputy Chief Executive, Daventry District Council

West Midlands

Helen Riley, Director for Families and Communities, Staffordshire County Council

East of England

Nicola Beach, Chief Executive, Suffolk County Council & Matthew Cross, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadland District Council

Scotland Office Holders

Chair

Annemarie O’Donnell, Chief Executive, Glasgow City Council annemarie.odonnell@glasgow.gov.uk

Business Manager, Solace Scotland

Catherine Eadie catherine.eadie@glasgow.gov.uk

Wales Office Holders

Chair

Rob Thomas, Managing Director, Vale of Glamorgan DRThomas@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

Engagement & Evaluations
Regeneration & Policy Officer

David Jenkins drjenkins@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Office Holders

Chair

David Jackson, Chief Executive Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council david.jackson@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Policy Officer

Ciara Toner Ciara.Toner@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk

Legal Information

Solace Group Legal Information

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace Group) Ltd; a company registered in England & Wales, number 04053417
Registered charity number: 1084419
Registered Office: Off Southgate, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1NT
VAT No. 905 2080 58

Solace is both an Approved Centre and a Recognised Provider for the ILM, and is on the Register of Training Apprenticeship Providers

Solace in Business Legal Information

Solace in Business Ltd; a company registered in England & Wales, number 3150254
Registered Office: Off Southgate, Pontefract, WF8 1NT
VAT No. 659 7704 83

Solace in Business is a member of the Institute of Interim Management and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and is also ISO 9001 accredited.