About the 2018 Overseas Manager Exchanges

Entries for the 2018 Overseas Manager Exchanges are now open.

The winners of these Awards will be announced at SOLGM's 2018 Gala Dinner.

Entries close on 16 February 2018 at 5pm.

Application forms are available here.

This programme is one of a range of SOLGM initiatives that provide leadership and development opportunities specifically tailored to the local government environment. It provides managers within the sector with an opportunity to focus on their management development and career in Local Government through a short exchange with a partner manager in another country.

Many SOLGM members have benefited from the programme and through this professional, personal and cultural experience, most have gone back to their local authorities inspired and armed with a better perspective and increased knowledge of local government. Many exchange recipients are surprised how similar the challenges faced by their overseas colleagues are to their own.

These Exchanges, offered with the support of our sponsors, JLT and Civic Assurance, provide our members with an outstanding opportunity to learn about local government in other countries.

Four exchanges are being offered in 2018. One to the United States, one to Canada (British Columbia), and two to Australia (one to Queensland and one national).

Each exchange involves a hosted visit to the destination country and the hosting of a reciprocal visitor from that country during the time period of the 2018 SOLGM Annual Summit, which is being held in Queenstown on 10-11 September 2018.

Check out blog posts from previous exchange recipients.

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Details on the 2018 United States Exchange

The United States Exchange is sponsored by Civic Financial. The recipient will travel to the 2018 ICMA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland on 23-26 September 2018.

Applicants for the ICMA US Exchange in 2018/19 will undertake their exchange during the 2018 period and host an exchange member at the SOLGM Annual Summit.

Details on the 2018 Canadian Exchange

The Canadian exchange is sponsored by JLT. The recipient will travel to the 2019 Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia on 9-13 June 2019.

Applicants for the LGMA British Columbia Exchange in 2018/19 will undertake their exchange during the 2019 period and host an exchange member at the SOLGM Annual Summit.

Details on the 2018 Australian Exchanges

The Australian Exchanges are sponsored by JLT. The LG Professionals Australia National Congress date is TBC.

Applicants for the LG Professionals Australian Exchange in 2018/19 will undertake their exchange during the period of the next Congress and host an exchange member at the SOLGM Annual Summit.

The LGMA Queenland Annual Conference date is TBC.

Applicants for the LGMA Queensland Exchange in 2018/19 will undertake their exchange during the period of the next Conference, and host an exchange member at the SOLGM Annual Summit.

For other leadership development initiatives please refer to our LGLeadership Pathways programme.

For further information on our Exchange programme please contact Fiona Purchas, Manager, Professional Development, fiona.purchas@solgm.org.nz