SOLGM has just added the following LGLeadershipPathways programmes and short courses to the 2017 event calendar to meet the needs of the sector. Do you know any promising local government leaders, project managers or contract managers who could benefit from them?

LG Accelerated Leadership Programme - designed for current team leaders who want to become great sector leaders. This programme is highly interactive, practical and designed to allow participants to discuss and debate the qualities and behaviours of great leaders, including how to be an authentic leader, make a difference in their role, and deliver results for their councils. The Wellington Programme begins 3 August and the Bay of Plenty Programme begins 4 August.

LG Executive Leaders Programme - for executives who are already in positions of influence that aspire to positions at the highest levels of Local Government. The Executive Leaders Programme is a 12 month programme designed to develop the next generation of local government senior leaders and Chief Executives. This programme brings together the latest thinking in brain based science and leadership effectiveness and, as such, is unique. Applications for the national programme, centered in Wellington, close on 25 September.

Project Management - for those who want to work on project teams. It will also teach highly experienced Project Managers some simple, fast and effective tools and techniques that work. This course is designed for councils and based on years of experience working with councils on real projects. Register now for the 29-30 August course in Wellington.

Contract Management - for those within councils who are involved with contracts and procurement. This course covers how to decide the right procurement and contract models to attract the best suppliers and achieve required business outcomes. The course then runs through how to set up requirements, select the right suppliers, negotiate and manage contract delivery. It also touches on recent issues with contract management within the sector and how to avoid pitfalls. Registrations are now open for the October 17-18 course in Wellington.

Update on Barry Quirk - Barry is being called "London’s most experienced chief executive" in press coverage of his appointment as the interim Head of Paid Service at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as they recover from the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Despite the changes in his professional life, Barry is still committed to delivering a SOLGM Masterclass for CEs, Tier 2 and Tier 3 managers in local and central government. Register now for the 1 August Masterclass in Wellington.

Midway result from the SOLGM Member Survey
Our Member Survey is underway and we'd like to share a partial result with you. We asked our members what challenges they think local government will face over the next 12 months. They told us water quality, central government and funding. If you're a member of SOLGM and you haven't had your say yet, please complete the survey. If you haven't received an invitation, please email

Reminder - Call for expressions of interest
SOLGM is establishing a Regulatory Reference Group to provide a sounding board for work on its Legal Compliance Programme and other SOLGM work of a regulatory nature. We are looking for people with experience in regulatory practice and management who would be interested in participating in this Group. Interested parties should submit an expression of interest, accompanied by a short CV and a statement or email from their Chief Executive supporting the application to Karen Thomas, Chief Executive at SOLGM. The closing date for expressions of interest is this Friday.