‘Strong and Prosperous Communities’ - 2

May 30 2008

The 'Strong and Prosperous Communities' Series

The next few years will present many challenges for those involved in delivering public services at the local level.  The creation of 11 new local government districts and the introduction of a council led community planning process will have major implications, not just for local government managers but for all public managers representing the wide range of functions and services administered and delivered locally.

Against this background and an evolving policy agenda, the Forum in co-operation with SOLACE and the Local Government Staff Commission is organising a series of workshops that will examine some of the issues involved and, more generally, ways in which local managers representing different agencies can better work together to achieve better outcomes for the communities they serve.

Each of the themed workshops asks managers to reflect, not just on the functions and services they are individually responsible for, but more strategically to engage with other service providers in thinking about the needs of their local areas and how in partnership they might transform how things are done at the local level. 

The 'Surviving and Thriving at the Top' Conference

This the second of four events and cross-cutting themes was on 'Surviving and Thriving at the Top'.

The discussion was centred on some ‘personal stories’ from very successful women careerists. There were also thoughts from others on ‘creating support’ and ways of encoraging women to develop their leadership skills and the create business focused social networks.

Speakers included:

  • Laura McGillivray, Chief Executive, Norwich City Council
  • Judith Gillespie, Assistant Chief Constable, PSNI
  • Jill Minne, Acting Head of Human Resources, Belfast City Council
  • Mary Hughes, Workforce Engagement Director, PSMW
  • Joan Smyth, Chair, Chief Executives' Forum
  • Geraldine McGahey, Chief Executive, Larne Borough Council. 

Click on the link for a copy of the Programme.

Other Events in the Series

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SOLACE Northern Ireland.................Chief Executives' Forum.................Local Government Staff Commission