The Chief Executive Salary Trap

A short piece I wrote for a recent LGC section, reproduced with their permission.  All the other stories, including an analysis by LGC that shows that contrary to past trends many incoming CEs are now paid less than the incumbent, is here. Two years ago many authorities found that upward CE salary pressures meant they…

Dreaded Science: Solutions to Food and Energy Security

I am a Trustee of Rothamsted Research, an organisation which through world class research is helping tackle some of the biggest issues facing us – including Food Security (ie making sure that as a nation and eventually – as soon as possible – as a world, we have enough to eat) and Energy Security (making sure…

The Voter’s Role in Election Congestion

This is the text of a short article published in this week’s LGC The recent experience of people “denied a vote” is a potent example in the ongoing debates about “behaviour change” and the responsibilities as well as the rights of citizens within their community and the state.  There is something absolute about the right…

The Future of Local Organisational Structures

Recently published in the MJ Up to now the structure of authorities has been largely prescribed by statute or convention.  Although there is more variety at District Level, top-tier authorities have remarkably common structures, often driven by the existence of certain statutory roles, not least the Director of Children’s Services. That is already beginning to…

Being in the wrong for getting it right …

I feel that I am starting to detect a grumbling about how there has been an over-reaction to the threat of swine flu.  People refusing to take vaccines, for example.  And of course, whilst there has been an outbreak, the threatened pandemic hasn’t happened yet. What I would like to see (but I’m not holding…