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Solace blog

18th October 2023

MJ Article: Lifelong learning for chief executives, Barry Quirk CBE

“Being appointed to a chief executive job is a real personal accomplishment. Doing the job is exhilarating. It is a fantastic privilege to get the chance to help a democratically elected council design and deliver services and investments, and realise its ambitions for its local area as well as for the communities it serves… But once you have been appointed to any role, you need to make sure you are fully capable of performing into the future. To stay in it you need to stay ahead of the game. You need to anticipate the future, and the likely new demands on you. You need to invest time in your own professional development…

This week at the Solace Summit, a new professional development offer will be launched in prototype form. A focus on chief executives’ core responsibilities is the intention. It is designed to be useful to new and existing chief executives. Both Solace and the LGA are keen to develop refresher courses and a range of online professional resources for continuing professional development…”

Click here to read the full article by Barry Quirk CBE, former Solace president and chairman, in The MJ.