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  • The key to success

    • 10 Jul 2024
    • Frazer Thouard is a partner with GatenbySanderson’s local government practice

    Frazer Thouard outlines the positive benefits of purpose-driven leadership in local government, and importantly, how to find it

  • Has it ever been so tough?

    • 4 Jul 2024
    • Steve Wilson is commercial director at Commercial Services Group

    Steve Wilson looks at the new thinking needed in order to ensure successful leadership within local government this period of continuous challenges

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    Project Z: Are you sending the right message?

    • 27 Jun 2024
    • Chantelle Wooldridge is a senior consultant – executive search at Tile Hill

    How can we attract and retain young people into the public sector? Chantelle Wooldridge outlines the efforts needed to ensure the talent of the future has a chance to thrive in your organisation Image: © /

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    Is that Gen Alpha sliding into your DMs?

    • 27 Jun 2024
    • Michelle O’Neill, is principal consultant – leadership and OD, at West Midlands Employers

    Michelle O’Neill offers a vision of the future as the next generation prepares to enter the workforce, and warns of the need to re-skill, unlearn, and re-imagine how your organisation can embrace the changing landscape Image: © JulsIst /

  • Why do employer brands deserve your attention?

    • 20 Jun 2024
    • Matt Johnson is executive creative director at Penna

    Standing out is harder than ever, says Matt Johnson, but if you are clear on what kind of person you are looking to hire then you need to be sure to evolve your employer brand and make sure it is as targeted and compelling as possible

  • A fresh start for social workers?

    • 13 Jun 2024
    • Simon Ray is Chief Executive of Hampton’s Resourcing

    Simon Ray asks if a new Labour Government will mean fewer social workers are leaving the profession

  • How to partner with the right recruiter

    • 31 May 2024
    • Philip Foster is Director of Ocean Edge Executive Search

    Philip Foster, Director of Ocean Edge Executive Search offers some practical advice to local authorities on how to partner with the right recruiter to streamline recruitment processes and enhance staff retention.

  • Using a STAR performance to shine brighter

    • 30 May 2024
    • Sally Wilson is a principal consultant in GatenbySanderson’s Local Government Practice

    Sally Wilson offers some advice to those interviewing for their next role, championing a technique that has served well for more than a decade

  • The regeneration gap

    • 23 May 2024
    • Jonathan Swain is managing director of McLean Public

    As local and regional government colleagues gather in Leeds this week for UKREiiF 2024, Jonathan Swain looks at the ongoing diversity gap for the regeneration sector

  • A time for reflection

    • 16 May 2024
    • Matt Jones is a senior consultant in Penna’s executive interim practice and Rachael Morris is a senior consultant in Penna’s executive search practice

    Matt Jones and Rachael Morris assess the current HR and OD landscape from a Penna perspective, and look back at a successful PPMA conference which highlighted a lot of positives for the future

  • Be bold, be a rebel – anything is possible.

    • 9 May 2024
    • ​​​​​​​Sunita Patel is a principal consultant at Starfish

    A prominent joint-appointment within Haringey has shown the value of taking a bold approach to recruitment and how getting support from the right areas can make all the difference. Here, along with comments from three key figures in the process, Starfish outlines the task they were given and the positive results that emerged.

  • Let’s plan ahead

    • 2 May 2024
    • Steve Guest is director of executive recruitment and assessment at Solace in Business

    Steve Guest warns of the importance of preparing our future leaders for the task ahead by creating ‘leadership space’ and incorporating more formal training and development – before it’s too late

  • The key to a sustainable workforce

    • 25 Apr 2024
    • Mark Bearn is an Associate Director at Tile Hill

    At a time when candidates are in high demand and often can call the shots, a well-defined employer value proposition that contains a robust learning and development programme is the key to boosting retention – as Mark Bearn explains

  • The war for leadership talent

    • 18 Apr 2024
    • Toni Hall and Julie Towers are directors at Penna Executive Recruitment

    Are we winning the war or losing the battle? Toni Hall and Julie Towers share their experience as the pattern of leadership recruitment within the sector ebbs and flows

  • The importance of brand in the search for talent

    • 18 Apr 2024
    • Steve Wilson is commercial director of Commercial Services Group

    Steve Wilson says councils can start to build a true talent pipeline if they can develop their own employer value proposition

  • The value of managing workplace stress

    • 11 Apr 2024
    • Dawn Faulkner is a Partner at Faerfield

    As April is Stress Awareness Month, Dawn Faulkner outlines how Faerfield have been thinking about what employers can do to help mitigate the impact of stress on individuals and organisations

  • Embracing innovation in leadership recruitment

    • 5 Apr 2024
    • Ben Parsonage is a senior consultant with GatenbySanderson’s local government practice

    Ben Parsonage offers some practical strategies for identifying leaders who can help promote innovation and creativity across your organisation

  • Huge challenges – but opportunity knocks

    • 5 Apr 2024
    • Linda Todd is a director of public services procurement at Hays

    Linda Todd feels it is now a positive time to be recruiting for commercial professionals – but urges organisations not to lose focus when it comes to your retention strategy

  • ‘Access all areas’

    • 28 Mar 2024

    Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Rampat from executive recruitment specialists McLean Public highlight what local government can do to ensure it attracts commercial sector talent in a changing recruitment market

  • Levelling the playing field

    • 21 Mar 2024
    • Natasha Hilton-Keane is director of recruitment at Osborne Thomas

    Natasha Hilton-Keane takes a look at the increasing tactic of sending out advance questions as one way to get the best out of candidates within an interview