About the Overseas Manager Exchanges

Entries for the 2019 Overseas Manager Exchanges open on 15 October 2018.

The SOLGM Overseas Exchange Manager Programme is designed to provide local government managers 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.

The Overseas Exchange Manager Programme is one of a range of SOLGM initiatives that provide leadership and development opportunities specifically tailored to the local government environment.

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. Exchange recipients are surprised how similar the challenges faced by their overseas colleagues are to their own.

These Exchanges are offered with the support of our sponsors JLT and Civic Financial Services.

Four exchanges are offered in 2019. One to the United States, one to Canada (British Columbia), and two to Australia (one to Queensland and one to New South Wales).

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 SOLGM Annual Summit.

Check out blog posts from previous exchange recipients.

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Details on the 2019 United States Exchange

The United States Exchange is sponsored by Civic Financial Services. The recipient will travel to the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference, Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, 20-23 October 2019.

Applicants for the ICMA US Exchange in 2019 will undertake their exchange during the 2019 period and host an exchange member at the 2019 SOLGM Annual Summit being held in Napier on 26 and 27 September 2019.

Details on the 2019 Canadian Exchange

The Canadian exchange is sponsored by JLT. The recipient will travel to the 2020 Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia, 9-11 June 2020.

Applicants for the LGMA British Columbia Exchange in 2020 will undertake their exchange during the 2020 period and host an exchange member at the 2020 SOLGM Annual Summit (date and venue to be advised).

Details on the 2019 Australian Exchange (NSW)

The NSW, Australian Exchange is sponsored by JLT. The recipient will travel to the 2020 LG Professionals NSW Confernce, June 2020.

Applicants for the LG Professionals Australian Exchange in 2019/20 will undertake their exchange during the period of the next Congress and host an exchange member at the 2020 SOLGM Annual Summit.

Details on the 2019 Australian Exchange (Queensland)

The Queensland, Australian Exchange is sponsored by JLT. The recipient will travel to the 2019 LGMA Queensland Annual Conference, 10-12 September 2019.

Applicants for the LGMA Queensland Exchange in 2020 will undertake their exchange during the period of the 2019 Conference and host an exchange member at the 2019 SOLGM Annual Summit, being held in Napier on 26 and 27 September 2019.

Overseas Manager Exchange recipients will be announced at our Gala Dinner and The Marketplace on 11 April 2019.

To apply download and complete the application form here

Completed, signed and scanned entries must be submitted by email to info@solgm.org.nz by 5pm on 8 February 2019 with 2019 Overseas Manager Exchange in the subject line.

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