Delivering local

Earlier this month, Barry Quirk and Katherine Kerswell, two visiting UK local government experts with impressive CE-backgrounds ran a SOLGM Masterclass. The wide-ranging discussion touched on the decline of locality due to globalisation. For example, cities in different countries are now more similar to each other than to the rural areas surrounding them. Given this, how do councils deliver local? How do local government professionals act as place shapers that are "of the place" if not "from the place"?

Porirua City Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walker, spoke about moving away from “Council” and towards “Porirua City” to reflect their main purpose of helping the city work better. Karen Thomas, SOLGM’s Chief Executive, pointed out that the equivalent of city council Chief Executives in America are called City Managers.

We’d love to hear how you’re delivering local for your Council – get in touch via

SOLGM Summit

It’s just over one month until our 2017 SOLGM Annual Summit. As well as the exciting local and international keynote speakers we have lined up, we also have a series of interactive workshops facilitated by local government chief executives and sector experts.

These workshops are designed to explore the emerging trends and future focused topics that are redefining the way we work.

Topics covered include capability case studies, leadership development, customer innovation, changing populations and community governance.

The SOLGM Annual Summit is a must-attend event for local government professionals, and central government professionals who are involved in designing policy for communities.

Check out the programme, and register, on our website.

Thank you to our sponsors Simpson Grierson, PwC, Berl, Civic Financial Services, QV, JLT, LG Hub, Nexus Australasia, Structured Conversations, Heaney & Partners and Magiq whose support makes the Summit possible.