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The Solace presidency hustings: Holden and Miller make their pitches

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The two candidates to become president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers have given answers to a series of questions submitted to LGC by officers from across local government.

This year is the first occasion in which Solace’s presidency will be determined by a ballot of its membership after both Doncaster MBC chief executive Jo Miller and her Luton BC counterpart Trevor Holden announced they were standing for the society’s top post. 

The two are competing to replace Birmingham City Council’s chief executive Mark Rogers whose term of office expires next month, in the ballot that opens today. The winner will be announced at Solace’s summit in Gateshead on 12 October.

You can read the two candidates’ answers to a series of questions submitted via Twitter or emails, or by LGC, by clicking on the links below.

What are your top three attributes that you would bring to the role?

In one sentence give your vision for Solace

What, if any, are Solace’s weaknesses that you would seek to address?

How, if at all, would you change the focus of Solace?

How would you utilise the skills and experience of Solace members?

How can Solace build leadership capacity in the sector?

How should Solace relate to bodies including the Local Government Association, professional bodies such as Association of Directors for Adult Social Services, the government and individual councils?

What relationship should Solace have with the politically-led Local Government Association given its claim to be the national voice of local government?

What would be your three policy lobbying priorities for the coming year and how would you make an impact on them?

What is your vision for the future of local government?

What public profile should the president have? Should the president pop up on R4’s Today programme etc and if so in what circumstances?

Is a council likely to go bust during your presidency? What role does Solace have in spotting/preventing financial/service failure?





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