The UK's leading network for public sector professionals.
Solace has a range of memberships to suit everyone, whether you’re at the start of your career, an established professional or a Chief Executive working in local government.
Being a member of Solace not only grants you access to our network of over 1600 like-minded professionals; it also offers an array of other benefits including:
- Exclusive event invites including access to select free events
- Discounts on events, development days and skills days
- Sector-leading support
- Regular policy updates and industry news
- The opportunity to get involved in policy networks
- Personal career development services
- Bespoke organisational development training
Early Career Leader
If you’re in the first three years of your leadership journey within local government or the public sector, Early Career Leader membership is the perfect way to get the advice and professional support you’ll need.
As an Early Career Leader member, you will:
- Have access to a range of learning and development programmes to help you take the next steps in your career
- Be able to attend a number of industry-leading events
- Build your network
Annual membership fee: £50
This membership category is best suited to those with at least 3 years’ leadership & management experience who are looking to take the next step to a more influential leadership role within the sector.
As an Established Leader, you will be able to:
- Leverage relationships within the Solace network
- Take advantage of our Development and Skills days tailored specifically to your level of membership
- Apply for our industry-leading programme Springboard, designed for rising stars within the sector
Annual membership fee: £150
Designed for Executive Directors, Managing Directors, Chief Executives and individuals working in equivalent roles, Executive Leader membership is ideally suited to your needs, whether you’re ready to take on your next challenge or are looking to develop yourself in your existing role.
Benefits of Executive Leader membership include:
- Opportunities to expand your network of public and private sector professionals
- The chance to add to sector debate at the highest level
- Access to unique learning and development opportunities such as our signature Ignite programme
Annual membership fee: £250 (Tier 2 leader), £350 (Tier 1 leader)
Have a question? Get in touch.
If you have a question about membership, send us an email and one of the team will contact you to discuss your query.
When will my membership start?
Your membership will become active from the day you purchase membership.
How can I pay my membership dues?
You can pay by credit/debit card, Bank Transfer/BACS, or by direct debit.
When will I receive my renewal invoice?
Invoices are sent out 30 days before your date of renewal via email.
If I’m self-funding my membership, move to another role and the authority wants to pay my annual fee, can I get a rebate on the months I have paid?
Unfortunately not, however, we can provide you with a copy of your invoice should you wish to be reimbursed by your organisation through an internal expenses claim.
Do you offer group membership?
We offer a 20% discount for 5 or more paying members and 25% discount for 15 or more paying members from the same authority when they are all invoiced together.
For more information on group membership, please contact us here.
What do I do if I no longer want to be a Solace member?
All cancellation requests should be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to our membership terms and conditions for further information.
What are the terms and conditions regarding Solace Membership?
Registration and Renewal
1.1 Solace membership is for a period of 12 months
1.2 Memberships renew automatically unless cancelled in advance
1.3 All membership subscription invoices become payable 14 days after the invoice date or renewal date, whichever is later.
1.4 New membership registrations have a 14 day cooling off period from the date of invoice, during which time there is the right to cancel at no charge. If membership is cancelled within the 14 day cooling off period any payments already made will be refunded. Please allow up to 14 days for the refund to be processed.
1.5 We will provide 30 days’ notice of membership renewal, during which time you have the right to cancel at no charge. If cancellation is made during this period, any payments already made against the renewal will be refunded. Please allow up to 14 days for the refund to be processed.
2.1 If you choose to pay online using a credit/debit card, you will be able to save the card details provided, the card details provided will be used to automatically pay your subscription at the time your membership is due for renewal. You can update these at any time in your profile settings.
2.2 If you are paying by international transfer please note that reverse charge rules apply
3.1 There is no repayment of subscriptions for early cancellation and any amounts unpaid at the point of cancellation outside of the cooling off period become immediately due.
3.2 All cancellations must be made in writing to email@example.com, and all cancellations will be acknowledged.
4.1 By becoming a member of Solace you are agreeing to our code of ethics.
To view the Code Of Ethics please click here
Where can I view your Code of Ethics for Members?
You can view our Code of Ethics for members by clicking here.