All Careers Advice

  • Martin Tucker shares his thoughts on what leaders and elected members might consider when hiring their next chief executive
  • Celebrating Black History Month, Penna’s diversity and inclusion leader, Alexis Curtis-Harris, gives her perspective on why she’s ‘Proud to Be Black’
  • With concerns about the immediate leadership pipeline of staff, and wider challenges facing councils in the ongoing battle for talent, the issue of recruiting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce across the sector has never been more important. Steve Guest looks at how Solace is approach...
  • Chris Barrow discusses how 'true integration' into all service areas is needed to attract and retain staff
  • Dawar Hashmi discusses how to get the best out of working with external recruiters and offers some key tips
  • Simon Ray looks at the benefits of having a clear policy of succession planning, and offers some key tips to ensure your organisation’s strategy is an effective one.
  • Manny Sandhu champions the impact of a new academy collaboration aimed at inspiring local people-leaders – in particular those in HR and OD – to pool their expertise to create innovation and change for the sector.
  • More than ever, councils need to have the right systems of finance and governance in place – and as Seb Lowe explains, the role of the in-house monitoring officer in particular is one that has to change
  • In the post-pandemic world, recruiters have the opportunity to take a fresh look at how they view their interim candidates – and in particular how they support and care for them. Gemma Stevenson-Coupe outlines how Solace have approached this issue
  • Penna is proud to be long-term sponsors of the Senior Leadership Team category as part of The MJ’s annual Achievement Awards. Although the 2021 winner won’t be revealed until 17 September, Julie Towers reflects on the impressive calibre of senior leadership demonstrated by this year’s finalists
  • As the country attempts to recover from the impact of COVID, ‘place’ is currently being prioritised ahead of other corporate directorates and directives. And as Kate Wilson reveals, those with good local leadership and the best talent will emerge in the best position to cope with the economic fal...
  • Frazer Thouard looks at how recruiting the right candidates is set to become more challenging than ever – so anticipating what the market wants is going to be vital to future success
  • Rebecca Davis discusses the results of research into diversity within our organisations, and finds that the benefits can be significant if we hold the mirror up to ourselves and commit to long-term change
  • Are you having trouble hiring specialists and managers? You’re not alone. Jon Dilling and Gemma Matin of Penna recently hosted a webinar to discuss and share learning around tackling hard to fill roles. Its clear many organisations are experiencing challenges with recruitment – but as the webinar...
  • The ‘death of Dolly’? Jason Wheatley explains why it’s important organisations re-imagine their places of work to meet the changing requirements of a post-pandemic world
  • Has virtual working blurred the line between our personal and professional ‘self’? Nicola Chiverton asks the question as the workforce emerges from a post-pandemic world
  • Actions speak louder than words, says Anj Popat, and while having an inclusive recruitment process may help attract a more diverse workforce, without the right culture it does not guarantee retaining that talent
  • The development of the future leaders within councils, be that in children’s services or elsewhere, must start now, says Philip Emms.
  • Jes Ladva gives his assessment on the key leadership skills developing in local government for a bright post-pandemic future
  • The world of work has changed irreversibly since COVID, says Neil Lupin, and from leadership level onwards it is time to embrace the physical and emotional benefits of workplace transformation