Jo miller and trevor holden
JM: A proportionate one! We hear the presidents of Adass and ADCS in the media and we’ve heard Mark too, so yes, it’s vital that the president is a confident media performer. They should advocate on behalf of the sector, and offer informed comment on major issues and policy positions when the need arises . We’ve got some brilliant policy leads across Solace and I’d like to use them in that role too. Of course, key relationships with the local government press and national media will be important.
TH: The president of Solace should have a strong, energetic and highly visible profile within our sector and associated professional communities as part of being seen to be the ‘go to’ organisation for our sector. In terms of Radio 4 and public profile, under my stewardship I would want to raise the profile of our policy spokespersons to be recognised as the ‘go to’ experts for their areas, for professional, not partisan opinion and advice delivered without fear, favour or agenda. If and when appropriate, the president should absolutely be able to speak on issues, but key is our approach and what we say, as much as who says it. We have to shift our focus to be solution finders not first class commentators on the problem.