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Reflect. Reset.
Re-Imagine.
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Reflect. Reset.
Re-Imagine.
Agenda

Navigating the Agenda

Welcome to the Agenda page for Reflect. Reset. Re-Imagine.

To navigate the agenda, simply scroll through the page and navigate to your desired day of the week. Under each day, you will see a series of session timings, titles and speakers. To find out more about each session, simply click the + button in the top left hand corner of each session.

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Monday 12th October

10:45 - 11:30

Leadership Communications in a Digital Society

Allen Graham, Former Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Associate at Leadership Communications
Jon Morton, Programme Dirctor at Henley Business School, University of Reading & Associate at Leadership Communications
Keith Daniell, Associate at Leadership Communications
Abdul Fazel, Coach Inclusion & Diversity Manager at The Football Association

   

If there had been any doubt before, we know now that we are living in an uncertain world – preparing for and reacting to uncertainty is one of the most important leadership capabilities today. In this session we explore the leadership and communications lessons learned from two very different personal perspectives. We will explore the mistakes of the past in creating transparency and opportunity for BAME colleagues.

These sessions are designed to promote the importance of communications at a time when change will be measured through actions rather than just words. The key role of Solace members within this complex communications environment will be explored and amplified to highlight the continuing need for bespoke development within the fast-changing world of digital communications.

By exploring the leadership journeys of two prominent leaders who have led the way in promoting diversity and inclusion, we will create a conversation and understanding that all leaders need to invest time in formulating and updating their skills, strategy and approach to manage the most complex communication issues, within a complex and fast changing digital world.

12:00 - 13:15

DNA of a Champion with live Q&A


Chair: Gavin Jones, Chief Executive of Essex County Council and Chair of Solace

Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Business Speaker and Executive Coach, Founder of Hive Learning, and Director of Sport APEX2100 Ski Academy

           

This session we will hear from Sir Clive Woodward OBE who will talk through his leadership experience, highlighting the highs and lows and lessons learnt.

13:15 - 14:00

Future of Workforce

Susan Parsonage, Chief Executive of Wokingham Borough Council
Professor Cary Cooper, CBE, President of the British Academy of Management

       

Looking through the prism of the future of the workforce, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

14:00 - 14:45

The Best is Yet to Come: Making Retirement Rock!

Claire Chidley, Resilience Expert & Solace Associate

When we start work, retirement seems ages away and we push it into the distance. Then, it looms in font of us and we realise we have made no plans for it. Retirement should not be a retreat or withdrawal from work, it should be the most rewarding and enriching part of your life. If you are planning to stop working or want to improve your work-life balance, this workshop will give you tips and pointers on some of the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ when you have reached the time in your life when you want to focus on other things apart from a career!

15:15 - 16:00

Future of the Workforce: How do you maintain a sustainable workforce in a changing world?

Steve Collinson, Head of HR at Zurich UK
Alix Bedford, Risk Proposition Manager at Zurich

         

How do you have a sustainable workforce in a changing world?

How do you create the conditions within which to attract and retain a workforce that works now and in the future?

Risks around workforce have been hitting the headlines over the last few years: gender pay gap, diversity and inclusion, flex work or agile working, glass ceilings, the impact of automation, health and wellbeing at work. These risks are universal and require constant attention as building a workforce that reflects the community you serve, a workplace and a workplace ethos that attracts and retains the very best people and a workforce that has the right skills now and for the future is essential to a successful organisation. The focus on this agenda has only intensified over the last few Covid dominated months.

In 2015 Zurich identified that they needed to overhaul their employee experience and the way in which they were asking their workforce to work. The last five years has been a journey of improvement that continues today, engaging with employees and employee networks to ensure that the changes made are really bringing about meaningful change. From a refreshed premises strategy, to the wording of job adverts and using technology to really make flex work a reality, Zurich listened to employees and acted on feedback to make the changes to ensure that it can now attract and retain the best workforce for now and the future.

Tuesday 13th October

08:30 - 09:30


Chair: Jim Savage, Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council and Chair of Solace Scotland
Political Keynote

Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government in Scottish Government

Aileen Campbell will be sharing her insight on the local government landscape from a Scottish government perspective particularly focusing on economic growth and health and social care, as well as sharing what Scotland are doing that the rest of Local Government could learn from?

09:30 - 10:15

What is the way forward for Local Government?


Chair: Pam Smith, Chief Executive of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dame Louise Casey DBE CB, Independent Advisor for Social Welfare

       

Dame Louise Casey will be answering the questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

10:35 - 11:30

Housing

Chair: Dave Perry, Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire Council

Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of National Housing Federation
Chris Twigg, Founding Director of Inner Circle Consulting
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Shelter

       

Looking through the prism of housing, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future

10:45 - 11:30

Organising for Change - the Future of Place

Dominic Campbell, Chief Executive of Future Gov
Elle Dodd, Project Director FutureGov
Nick Kimber, Head of Inclusive Economy at the London Borough of Camden
Louise Ellaway, Government Innovation Lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies

We’ve seen change happen at a pace and scale this year truly unlike anything before. Seemingly overnight, obstacles were removed as the public sector worked together, implementing new tools and approaches, drawing on 21st-century ways of working, multidisciplinary and indeed multi-agency teams to work together and help their places adapt and survive in an emergency, agnostic to where that support comes from. But as we move further into recovery, we can already see and feel that elastic force snapping us back into a more familiar form, rolling progress back to the old way of doing things.

We’re entering a period of transition, rethinking what it means to live, work, learn and play together in our towns, cities and places. With the pandemic far from over, we’ll continue to face changes and uncertainty.

Led by Dominic Campbell, FutureGov CEO, this session will bring together senior leaders for a fireside, panel chat to explore how our public institutions grab hold of what’s working and continue orienting around well-orchestrated ways of working in the open, sharing plans with citizens and collaborating on outcomes to help people through change. Embracing the momentum of the past few months, forging new relationships and partnerships with purpose at their heart, our public institutions can make the most of the strengths of everyone and put the interests of local communities first.

12:00 - 12:45

Technology Ethics


Chair: Alison McKenzie - Folan, Chief Executive at Wigan Council

Dr. Stephanie Hare, Independent Researcher & Broadcaster

       

12:50 - 13:45

Public Health


Chair: Paul Najsarek, Chief Executive at the London Borough of Ealing

Dr. Ruth Bromley, GP and Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School
Anna Dixon, Chief Executive of the Centre for Better Aging

   

Looking through the prism of the public health, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

13:00 - 13:45

Networking Made Simple

Ruth Cane, Solace Associate

Networking is a skill everyone needs and everyone can learn. And, like all skills, the more you practise the easier it becomes and the greater the benefits both in terms of your career and your personal life.

In this session you will learn: –

what to say and how to say it when people ask you what you do

– how to use verbal and non-verbal communication to create a great impression

– practical strategies for meeting and connecting with people both in person and online so that you all benefit – how to relax and let your personality and strengths shine through

13:45 - 14:30

Stand Up & Stand Out

Harry Purewal, Personal Branding & Image Consultant

We operate in a busy noisy world that makes it increasingly difficult to stand out. How you present yourself; the colours you wear and the styles you choose are valuable tools to make you more visible, convey who you are and have a positive impact with that valuable first impression and beyond with your personal brand. Harry is an expert in the science of colour and the psychology of style. She simplifies the art of dressing, saving you time, money and effort and ensuring you can carry authority in your look whatever your background or environment that you operate in.

13:50 - 14:45

Public Health


Chair: Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council
Professor Kate Arden, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council
Tim Pope, Managing Conusltant at PA Consulting

       

Looking through the prism of public health, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

14:00 - 14:45

Why teams need agility and resilience for superior results

Becky Strafford, Managing Director of the Business Change Collective
Susie Faulkner, Transformation Director at the London Borough of Havering

The pace at which organisations must adapt to economic changes, organisational crises and customer expectations has accelerated and having teams that can rapidly react, respond and survive ever-changing, uncertain and turbulent environments is critical to business success. In this session, Becky and Susie will discuss why teams need agility and resilience and provide you with three key focus areas to start your teams journey to better manage and survive rapid disruption and change.

15:00 - 16:00

Protective Security – Challenges & Advances

Government Security Adviser, CPNI, UK Government

This session from CPNI (the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the UK Government’s National Technical Authority on Protective Security) will show the range of national security threats that need to be considered by authorities. It will then consider the range of Physical and Personnel security measures that can be adopted within an organisation to engender a security culture and the local activities that could be initiated to manage risks. It will also cover the measures which could be blended in to both existing and new infrastructure and public realm developments. The session will show the security-mindedness needed of non-security professionals to ensure that an authority’s assets can be specified, procured and managed effectively throughout their life. This will include the necessary security protocols around new connected initiatives such as Open Data and Smart Cities. This session is by invitation only.

15:15 - 16:00

Covid-19 as a catalyst for change: How Local Government have accelerated the shift in citizen behaviour and internal culture

Stephen Hughes, Board Chair of Housing 21 and former Chief Exec of Birmingham City Council
Andy Ralphs, Strategic Director of Customer and Corporate Services at Plymouth City Council
Paul Abraham, Corporate Services Director at Capita
Charles Whitworth, Customer Experience Design and Delivery Director at Capita

All industries have had to adapt very quickly to a new way of working and living. When there is no plan B, it’s been remarkable how quickly culture and behaviours can change. Programmes of work that may have taken years to transform culture and shift behaviour have been enacted in a matter of weeks and months due to the global pandemic and the necessity to keep meeting the needs of citizens.

As we all adapt to the “new normal”, one of the emerging themes is how we further transform local government services to meet a new set of emerging expectations from both citizens and employees.

What has been consistent across Local Government is how local authorities and their communities have adapted to services being delivered digitally. We’ve seen health services being delivered remotely; schooling shift online; justice systems go digital; and a whole new era of virtual democracy.

This session discusses the new and innovative ways in which local government has adjusted to provide convenient and remote service access for citizens as well as new ways of working for employees. We also delve into the opportunities that lie ahead to drive real change and perhaps reimagine what a new era of digitally enabled services might look like for citizens and employees. They say that necessity is the mother of invention – how can local authorities continue and build on the momentum of change demonstrated this year and when the Covid-19 necessity is over, and what does the new normal for local government look like?

15:15 - 16:00

Get off the Drama Triangle! - Learn how to apply psychology to real life coaching situations.

Sue Featherstone & Rebecca Cain, Owner-Directors of Developing Success

This session will explore practical applications of TA (Transactional Analysis) psychology, for anyone who would like to understand more about coaching, and the applications of psychology to coaching. The session is a taster session from their EMCC accredited 9 day Practitioner Programme – a leading coach development programme being run in collaboration with Solace (commences Dec 2020).

Learning Outcomes:

– What skills and qualities make a good coach?

– What does psychologically minded mean and why is it a key attribute for an executive coach?

– Learn some TA theory – see coaching psychology brought to life

– See a coaching demonstration on a real issue using some core TA models such as the drama triangle and the OK corral.

Wednesday 14th October

08:30 - 09:30

Political Keynote

Chair: Becky Shaw, Chief Executive of East Sussex Council

Ruth Smeeth, Chief Executive at Index of Censorship & Former Labour MP

       

Ruth Smeeth will be sharing her unique insights in to her time as a Labour MP looking at the health of local politics and censorship.

09:30 - 10:25

Climate Change


Chair: Sharon Kemp, Chief Executive of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research at Friends of the Earth
Professor Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre

       

Looking through the prism of climate change, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

09:45 - 10:30

Repurposing your Place: Clarity, leadership and collaboration

John Till, Director at thinkingplace

   

How do you make your place the hero? In this session, we’ll be explaining why your focus should be on being place-led, not organisation-led. To do this, you need an authentic approach, making the most of the assets your place holds, being clear with your vision to your stakeholders and widening leadership to create collaboration. Join us to find out how you can create the mechanisms needed to shine a light on your places potential.

10:45 - 11:40

Climate Change

Nigel Riglar, Director of Environment and Community Services at South Gloucestershire Council
Sue Riddlestone OBE, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Bioregional
Colin Macpherson, Chief Executive of Places & Communites at Engie

     

Looking through the prism of climate change, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

10:45 - 11:30

Leadership Communications in the Digital Society

Allen Graham, Former Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Associate at Leadership Communications
Ian Thomas, CEX, Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
Jon Morton, Programme Director at Henley Business School, University of Reading & Associate at Leadership Communications
Keith Daniell, Associate at Leadership Communications
Jo Miller, Chief Executive of Hutt City Council, New Zealand. Former Chief Executive of Doncaster Council and Former Solace President

If there had been any doubt before, we know now that we are living in an uncertain world – preparing for and reacting to uncertainty is one of the most important leadership capabilities today. In this session we explore the leadership and communications lessons learned from two very different personal perspectives. We will explore the mistakes of the past in creating transparency and opportunity for BAME colleagues.

These sessions are designed to promote the importance of communications at a time when change will be measured through actions rather than just words. The key role of Solace members within this complex communications environment will be explored and amplified to highlight the continuing need for bespoke development within the fast-changing world of digital communications.

By exploring the leadership journeys of two prominent leaders who have led the way in promoting diversity and inclusion, we will create a conversation and understanding that all leaders need to invest time in formulating and updating their skills, strategy and approach to manage the most complex communication issues, within a complex and fast changing digital world.

12:00 - 12:45


Chair: Ruth Hyde, Chief Executive of Broxtow Borough Council
Leadership and Collaboration

Anna Randle, Chief Executive at Collaborate CIC
Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, Founder & Chairman at Collaborate CIC

       

Why collaboration is the future of public services, and what this means for leadership today

Lord Adebowale and Anna Randle will reflect on their work with local authorities and chief executives across the country to explore why collaboration matters so much today, and what this means for the model of leadership that we need in local government and public services.

12:50 - 13:45

Economic Growth


Chair: Tom Stannard, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council
Torsten Bell, Chief Executive at Resolution Foundation
Helen Barnard, Acting Director of Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chairman of Connected Places Catapult

       

Looking through the prism of economic growth, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

13:00 - 13:45

The Art of Living: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

Claire Chidley, Resilience Expert & Solace Associate
Joanne Budden, People Team Manager at Epping Forest District Council

   

“A good half of the art of living is resilience” and if we want to experience the highs and lows of life, learn from them, and accept the new reality, our ability to be flexible is paramount.

This workshop focuses on understanding personal resilience and how to bounce back quickly when you are knocked off balance. We will take a holistic look at how to keep mind, body and emotions in balance and offer strategies for keeping spirits high in times of uncertainty and rapid change.

We will consider definitions of resilience and where you are on the resilience spectrum.

Next, we will consider what causes you to lose resilience and some strategies for avoiding those pitfalls. Finally, you will be given some tips on how to maintain your energy, strength, and spirit despite what comes your way.

13:50 - 14:45

Economic Growth

Neil McInroy, CEO of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Ian Thomas, Chief Executive at London Borough of Kingston
Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive at New Economics Foundation

Looking through the prism of economic growth, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

14:00 - 14:45

The Future of Service Delivery

Tim Pitts, Senior Partner in Local & Regional Government at Agilisys

The Coronavirus crisis has demonstrated that Local Government and Health can respond superbly to unprecedented challenges and that technology has supported the changing ways of working and the response to the pandemic. With change blockers removed, now is the time to build on that momentum and continue the digitalisation drive.

Post Covid-19, demands placed on the public sector will remain at an increased level for some time. If we take the example of social care, by understanding how technology and data can be successfully used, better outcomes and more efficient insight-driven care delivery can be achieved. The journey to realise these benefits needs to be built upon a solid foundation and also based on each Council’s starting point. Agilisys will explain the main components involved and how to start and navigate that journey.

15:15 - 16:00


Chair: Chris Naylor, Chief Executive Office of Birmingham City Council

Political Keynote

Luciana Berger, Former Liberal Democrat MP

       

Luciana Berger will be sharing her thoughts around Local Government relevant issues including public health; mental health and climate change, before giving us an insight into the trust barometer – what failing trust means for rebuilding our economy/way of life post-covid.

Thursday 15th October

08:30 - 09:30

Political Keynote

Chair: Kath O'Dwyer, Chief Executive of St Helens Council

Steve Reed MP, Shadow Secretary of State

       

Steve Reed will be sharing his insight on central and local government and the impact the transformational crisis has had on the UK.

09:30 - 10:25

Local Government Finance

Sarah Pickup, Deputy Chief Executive at Local Government Association
Paul Johnson OBE, Director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies
Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive of Southampton City Council

       

Looking through the prism of local government finance, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

09:30 - 09:50

Spending your Levy: Leadership & Management Apprenticeships

Liz Hodgson, Programme Manager at Solace

       

In this session, we’ll ensure you have clarity on how you can use your Levy to deliver leadership and management apprenticeships. We’ll be covering all the details on; how to maximize your Levy, the details of what a Higher-Level Apprenticeship is and who can benefit, examples of Work-Based Projects and the benefits of 20% off-the-job learning to your organisation. To bring this to life, we’ll be teaming up with our clients to provide a case-study on how leadership and management apprenticeship programmes delivered by Solace has benefit their organisation.

09:50 - 10:15

Accessing Apprenticeships: What does it mean to be a leadership & management apprentice?

Helen Houman, Programme Manager at Solace

       

In this session, we’ll be explaining how we deliver leadership and management apprenticeship programmes so you can understand what is involved, but most importantly, what’s in it for you. We’ll be giving examples of assignments and work-based projects that you could expect to carry out, and give you the opportunity to hear from a current learner and tutor to provide a real insight into what it’s like to be a part of an apprenticeship programme with Solace.

10:45 - 11:40

Local Government Finance

Carolyn Williamson, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Resources at Hampshire County Council
Alex Skinner, Director of Local Government Finance at Ministry of Housing

         

Looking through the prism of local government finance, this session will explore what initial steps local government needs to take over the next twelve months to ensure we reach a positive future.

12:00 - 12:45

Economic Growth Keynote


Chair: Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council

Stephanie Flanders, Senior Executive Editor for Economics at Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics

       

12:50 - 13:45

Social Care

Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE, Warden of Nuffield College Oxford and Chair of the Geospatial Commission
Paul Najsarek, Chief Executive, London Borough of Ealing

Looking through the prism of social care, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

13:00 - 13:45

International Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Jake Rudolph, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Nanaimo BC and President of Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA)
Karen Thomas, Chief Executive of Society of Local Government Managers New Zealand (SOLGM)

   

From an international perspective, this session will look at what should and what will happen in their Local Communities and places following this years transformational crisis.

13:00 - 14:45

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership Review Report: Tackling health inequalities for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and colleagues

Fatima Khan-Shah, Programme Lead for Personalised Care and Unpaid Carers at West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership
Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive at Calderdale Council and Accountable Officer for NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Alison Lowe, Chief Executive of Touchstone

COVID-19 has highlighted health inequalities faced by Black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and our colleagues, and the impact of the pandemic of systemic racism on people’s lives. The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership recognised the opportunity to address these issues, establishing a commission independently chaired by Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, a leading figure in national health and care policy. The review has been co-produced by leaders from NHS, local government and the VCS; informed by the voices of those with lived experience. The final report is launched late October, and this session presents a one off opportunity to hear from those involved about its findings and ask them questions about its impact and what next.

14:00 - 14:45

What Next for Socially Distanced Teams?

Dr. Simon Willson, OD and Change Consultant

This session will explore some of the emerging issues arising for teams working apart and how leaders may enable both individual team members and their collective teams to proposer during these unprecedented times. The session will identify some practical suggestions for leading socially distanced teams as well as reminding us why teams remain fundamental to organisational success.

15:15 - 16:00

Navigating The New World of Virtual On-boarding

Jessica Mullinger, Head of Interim Recruitment at Solace in Business
Ruxandra Stuart, Learning & Development Lead at Essex County Council
Danielle Foster, Resourcing Delivery and Strategy Manager at Essex County Council
Pam Parkes, Director Organisational Development, People & Service Design at Essex County Council

Its likely over the last 6 months that you’ve navigated the largely unchartered waters of virtual recruitment, but what next? What are the considerations when on-boarding new starters in a virtual world? Early indications show that many workplaces will not fully go back to office-based working and this could impact significantly on the on-boarding process. In local government where a range of stakeholder relationships are key to success, how can a traditional induction and on-boarding process be replicated effectively in a virtual environment? In this session Jessica Mullinger (Head of Interim Management at Solace) talks to Ruxi Stewart and Danni Foster from Essex County Council about their experiences in moving their on-boarding process online and Pam Parkes – Director of OD and People from Essex CC will join for Q&As.

Friday 16th October

08:30 - 09:30

Political Keynote


Chair: Tom Stannard, Corporate Director of Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council

The Rt Hon the Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Former Conservative Minister

       

The RT Hon The Baroness Morgan of Cotes will be sharing her unique insights in to Central Government and in particular the spending review and the prospect for a Local Government funding increase.

09:30 - 10:25

Democracy


Chair: Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council
Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive at The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive at Local Government Association
Donna Hall, Chair at NLGN and Chair at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

       

Looking through the prism of democracy, our speakers will answer two simple questions: What should, and what will happen in our local communities and places following this year’s transformational crisis.

10:45 - 11:30

Social justice, equality and diversity - it’s the day job right?

Kersten England, Chief Executive at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Charles Dacres from Bradford Hate Crime Alliance
Marium Haque, Deputy Director of Education & Learning at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Irfan Alam, Deputy Director for Early Help & Children's Social Care at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Anne Lloyd, Director of Human Resources at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

A frank and honest facilitated discussion about closing the gap between rhetoric and reality between senior leaders at Bradford Council.

09:30 - 11:00

Narrative as a systems leadership practice

Professor Christopher Pietroni, Professor of Leadership Practice at University of Birmingham

“The human mind is a story processor, not a logic processor.” Jonathan Haidt

Crafting a narrative that motivates people to take action is one of the most important aspects of systems leadership. It is also one of the most challenging. Year after year great ideas and opportunities fail because the narratives we use do not connect with the people we need to mobilize. This session will introduce you to the art and science of Public Narrative and help you start developing the skills to build compelling leadership narratives for your work.

11:00 - 12:45

How do you unlock the true value of Public Sector Reform?

Wajid Shafiq, CEO at Xantura
Helen Sunderland, Director at EY
Kevin Ward, Associate Partner at EY

Local Government Reorganisation debates, to date, have majored on economies of scale versus local accountability. Structures and short term ‘cash releases’ have often driven the approach. We have a once in a generation opportunity to design our new Local Authorities or indeed, create wider system approaches, from first principles. But to do this we need to harness the in-depth knowledge of resident ambitions, needs and expectations we hold. How do we ensure when undertaking any type of redesign, reorganisation, transformation or integration, we start with the root causes, journeys and interactions to drive better design? EY and Xantura are excited to engage you in a new debate – exploring how can we use insight, advanced analytics and user centric design approaches to create a new way of working for a new normal.

12:00 - 12:45

Keynote:Diversity


Chair: Kersten England, Chief Executive at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE, multi-award winning C-suite healthcare executive, Board advisor, BBC commentator, Diversity Leader and TEDx speaker

       

 

12:50 - 13:35

Reflecting on Developing a Diverse Workforce

Charles Obazuaye, Director of HR at the London Borough of Bromley
Gifty Edila, former Director at the London Borough of Hackney and qualified Barrister
Fiona Ledden, Director and City Solicitor at Manchester City Council

Solace does not have a ‘silver bullet’ answer to the issue of under-representation of BAME people in senior positions in Local Government. We are keen to hear, listen and reflect on the stories of real people before jumping to any solutions. It is our hope that the session will start a conversation, giving us feedback from participants on their views, experiences and ideas. The Panel of current and former senior Local Government professionals will be discussing their career journey from a BAME/gender perspective, the challenges they encountered along the way and their reflections on what we can learn. Chairing the Panel will be Charles Obazuaye, current Director of HR & Customer Services at the London Borough of Bromley, where his remit includes Human Resources and Workforce Development. Charles will raise questions regarding a diverse workforce, the potential impact of Covid and whether new ways of working could be more advantageous for BAME professionals seeing to develop their career.