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Solace is the UK's leading network for public sector professionals. Discover how joining Solace could benefit you.


We run a series of events and programmes ranging from our flagship Solace Summit, to development days, skills days, and much more.


If you need support in executive recruitment, interim management, or assessment, our team of experts will help you find the best solution.

Who are Solace?

Solace is the leading members' network for local government and public sector professionals throughout the UK. We offer a range of services including personal and organisational development, events, and both interim and executive recruitment through our profit for purpose subsidiary, Solace in Business. In addition to our services, we also have an active policy team, who along with our policy leads influence debate around the future of public services to ensure that policy and legislation are informed by the experience and expertise of our members.

Supporting Sector Development

Sector development is one of our core goals here at Solace, which is why we’re pleased to share our newest event with you: Trailblazers.

Taking place immediately prior to the Solace Summit on 11th October, Trailblazers has been designed to support the next generation of leaders within the sector. The day will include a series of interactive skills-focused sessions, speakers and breakouts, as well as sessions specifically designed for senior leaders attending alongside a Trailblazer. Of course, there will also be plenty of opportunities for networking ahead of the Solace Summit. So, if you’re a local government leader and you’re attending the Solace Summit, why not consider supporting a rising star from your local authority by inviting them to Trailblazers?

Find out more and book your free place by clicking the arrow below.

Solace Blog

MJ Article: We need a diverse pool of talent bubbling through, Graeme McDonald
Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:43 AM

“In 2005, seven white men stood to be leader of the Conservative Party. Fast forward to 2022 and, of the 11 Conservative MPs who put themselves forward to be leader, more than half were from ethnic minorities and four were women – the contest is a visible example of the power of positive action. As […]

LGC Article: Government must invest in local leadership development, Joanne Roney
Wed, 27 Jul 2022 01:15 PM

“A local leadership academy would increase resilience across local government and shared learning across the country, writes the president of Solace and chief executive of Manchester City Council. The relentless nature of the pandemic response, after a decade of dealing with difficult budget cuts, has taken its toll on all of us, some more than […]

Solace statement on House of Lords Public Services Committee’s ‘Rethinking the public services workforce’ report
Wed, 20 Jul 2022 04:47 PM

Joanne Roney, Solace President, said: “Demand for services is rising, the challenges our people and places face are becoming increasingly complex, and yet councils are struggling to recruit and retain staff at all levels required to meet the needs of the communities we serve. “At Solace we have repeatedly warned about the workforce capacity and […]