It is a period of unprecedented change in local government. Devolution, self-funding, housing and education reform, new governance and political complexity are just a few of the things that are driving such profound change in the sector.
At the same time, we are being asked to forge new and closer alliances with health, business and voluntary partners. All this at a time of financial constraints, ever-growing need, an ageing workforce and the unwavering desire to provide excellent services.
New capabilities are required to meet these challenges – a more commercial, collaborative and innovative mind-set, an ability to form strong partnerships; and an ease with the power of data and digital innovation. An inclusive leadership style, with a system - rather than organisational-focus, will be crucial.
Our brightest people are reimagining public services in this new future. We want to know what you think of our ideas as we work together to reform the public sector.
Even dynamic authorities may find it difficult to drive growth at a scale and pace sufficient to make up for the loss of central support.
Would you rather your information be unused and forgotten in a dark corner, or used safely to give communities the services they deserve?
While the majority of the health and social care workforce is female, very few reach the upper echelons of the organisations for which they work.
With your top 20 people affected – and it could impact on some other people too – you now have a business issue, not just a personal one.