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Policy

Policy

Providing a voice for our members

Solace’s Policy Team supports the President and our Policy Board of Spokespeople; provides a voice for our members and the sector in conversations with government officials, and with the media; shares best practice and forms effective partnerships with relevant organisations; and contributes to proactive policy thinking and development. It does this by producing a range of research reports and other publications, including regular surveys of the sector, and supporting Solace’s events programme. To contact Solace’s Policy Team send an email to policy@solace.org.uk.

The Policy Team, from time-to-time, organises events on specific subject matters in order to help our members share knowledge, experience, and expertise with each other as well as senior civil servants and professionals from other partner organisations. Check below for any upcoming events you may wish to attend, or click here to see all of Solace’s events.

 

 

Creating an Inclusive Workforce

5th September 2019, Salford

This event is to bring together future thinking leaders and managers from across local government and its partners to explore and commit to:
- Recognising diversity as a strength, not just a nice to have
- Defining the required competencies and characteristics of leaders of the future
- Recruiting and rewarding values and behaviours
- Engage in creative thinking around achieving inclusive leadership
- Trialing different approaches to recruiting future leaders

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Future Vision for Local Government Masterclass

12th September 2019, Leeds

This Masterclass will seek to horizon-scan local government and provide an opportunity to hear from local government experts and thought leaders on what the future of the sector might look like in 10 years’ time. It will also offer participants a chance to explore how councils can support thriving communities and how the sector can best work together to meet any challenges and opportunities that may lie ahead, including whether the sector can develop the public service leaders of the future.

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Solace Summit

16th - 18th October, Birmingham

Our annual flagship event, the Solace Summit provides a wealth of opportunities for networking and is also home to a variety of interactive sessions on the latest issues affecting the sector. an unmissable event for anyone working in or with the public sector and local government.

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Policy Spokespeople

Solace President

Solace President

Martin Swales, Chief Executive, South Tyneside Council

Community Well Being

Policy Lead

Paul Najsarek, Chief Executive, London Borough of Ealing

Deputy

Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Deputy

Manjeet Gill, Non-Executive Director, Independent Office for Police Conduct

Children and Families

Policy Lead

Phil Norrey, Chief Executive, Devon County Council

Deputy

Philip Simpkins, Chief Executive, Bedford Borough Council

Deputy

Merran McCrae, Chief Executive, Wakefield City Council

Deputy

Kath O’Dwyer – Acting Chief Executive, Cheshire East Council

Civil Resilience & Community Safety

Policy Lead

Stephen Baker, Chief Executive, Suffolk Coastal District Council & Waveney District Council

Deputy

Kersten England, Chief Executive, Bradford City Council

Elections & Democratic Renewal

Policy Lead

Louise Round, Chief Executive, Tandridge District Council

Deputy

Mark Heath, Returning Officer, Southampton City Council

Deputy

Mark Hynes, Director of Governance and Law, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Innovation & Commissioning

Policy Lead

Niall Bolger, Chief Executive, London Borough of Hounslow

Deputy

Aidan Rave, Chief Executive, South Kesteven District Council

Digital Leadership

Policy Lead

Matt Prosser, Chief Executive Officer, Dorset Council

Deputy

Will Benson, Chief Executive, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Deputy

Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Leadership & Learning

Policy Lead

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Deputy

Susan Parsonage, Chief Executive, Wokingham Borough Council

Finance

Policy Lead

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

Deputy

Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive, Southampton City Council

Deputy

Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive, Cumbria County Council

Economic Growth & Housing

Policy Lead

Joanna Killian, Chief Executive, Surrey County Council

Deputy

Tom Stannard, Corporate Director of Regeneration & Economic Growth, Wakefield City Council

Deputy

Stephen Gaskell, Head of Chief Executive’s Office, London Borough of Southwark

Evidence-Led Policy

Policy Lead

Nathan Elvery, Chief Executive, West Sussex County Council

Deputy

Jason Lowther, Head of Policy, West Midlands Combined Authority

Deputy

Kate Waterhouse, Head of Performance, Research & Intelligence, Manchester City Council