Jo miller and trevor holden
JM: We have a phenomenal group of people with amazing skills and experience. I’d like to release their individual and collective power. I’d want to use members across the UK in policy networks, in learning events, in thought leadership, in shaping tomorrow’s talent and in linking with other public service bodies.
I think we are missing a trick on devolution too. Solace members in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have a level of devolution not present in England. What can we learn from those members about what’s gone well and not so well, and how should that shape our policy and leadership offer?
TH: There can be little doubt that we have significant skills and experience in our membership, but it extends beyond the ‘usual contributors’. We need to truly engage our membership from national graduates, Springboard and chief officers through regional or themed groups to set and really inform our policy agenda and service delivery in the future. Solace has to work with and for our members if its capacity is to be fully utilised and potential realised.