The CIO at the Top Table?

(originally published as a Veredus blog here ) In an article this week on Government Computing I drew out some points that had emerged at the Socitm Conference in 2012 with conclusions for 2013.  In particular I mentioned that: “The role of the IT profession within local authorities’ wider change agenda got some attention. Many of the people…

Four Futures of Local Government

My Guardian Professional, Local Government Network, piece about Four Futures for Local Government is here, and the more detailed paper can be downloaded from here.

#Socitm2012

This blog first appeared here and here. This was my first Socitm conference but far from being my first conference of the year, and as I encountered the Socitm crowd for the first time it was interesting to spot the similarities and differences with other events, summits and conferences I’ve been to recently.  Anything I…

Building a Platform for Evidence Use in Local Government

This blog was originally published on Demsoc’s Open Policy Blog. I attended the “Informed Future” workstream at the 2012 Solace Summit, and whilst I won’t try to give a blow-by-blow account I want to share here some of the key things which emerged, for me.  There is a lot of hard work at many levels required before Local Government…

Reflections on the Solace Summit 2012

This is a slightly modified version of the blog originally published at localgovernmentmatters. As with last year’s summit a formal communiqué will be issued so I will take some space here to talk about the mood of the meeting and offer a personal perspective, rather than trying to be comprehensive. The bulk of the work…

Themes from the LGC Summit

I attended last week’s LGC Summit, held in Marlow, with many senior local authority folk, a few sponsors, and an impressive speaker list.  So what did we learn? As ever from these events the learnings are a mixture of points of detail and some broad themes – I’m going to try to capture the wider…

In the Bleak Mid-Decade: The View from Bartle Borough Council in 2017

It’s 2017.  We are halfway through the projected decade of austerity.  Bartle Borough Council is a (fictional) unitary with 250,000 residents. It describes itself as a “commissioning council” and more than 80% of its services are provided by the private or voluntary sector. Resident satisfaction is pretty good – just below upper quartile. 75% of…

Thoughts arising from … #LocalGovCamp

Attended my first localgovcamp this weekend, (though it wasn’t my first unconference). These are my 10 takeaways – a clever format suggest by someone (possibly even Dan Slee) a little while ago: 1. Struck once again by how extraordinarily easy it is to enjoy the company of people who share a common passion and with…

Themes from the LGA Conference

This week saw the annual Local Government Association (LGA) conference, which is always a great opportunity to understand the position and direction of the sector.  Here are some personal reflections: Something Must be Done The LGA presented research making projections of local government funding up to 2020.  In the style of the famous Barnet Graph…

Career Planning into Uncertainty

Originally published on the Veredus website. I recently had the privilege of speaking to a London/South East group of the LGC Future Leaders for Local Government, about Career Management at a time of such uncertainty. This blog is intended to capture a few of the key messages, and is aimed at people mid-career. It’s a…