National

22nd November – Future Vision for Local Government Masterclass

This Masterclass will seek to horizon-scan local government and provide an opportunity to hear from local government experts and thought leaders on what the future of the sector might look like in 10 years’ time. It will also be an chance for participants to explore how councils can support thriving communities and how the sector can best work together to meet any challenges and opportunities that may lie ahead, including whether the sector can develop the public service leaders of the future.

Venue: Leeds, TBC

Watch this space for the full programme.

Price

MEMBER - Future Vision for Local Government Masterclass   FREE
NON MEMBER - Future Vision for Local Government Masterclass   £149

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Date Location
22nd November 2019 Leeds Book Now
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Regional

23rd-24th April – Solace in the South

‘Leading in the Age of a Perfect Storm - Politics, Pluralism and Popularism’   Aim: The theme of this year’s event is ‘The Perfect Storm’ Click here for the programme.

We live in an era where pluralism of political views are increasing, with a reduction in the power of the two main political parties, a significant increase in the number of Councils with no overall control, and with central Government focusing elsewhere, what happens in the event of a potential political vacuum?Allied to this is a rising tide of pressure groups seemingly opposed to everything, using social media, as a mechanism to forestall or influence decision making. In the context of reducing level of understanding of local government and local democracy and faith in our institutions – are we facing a  ‘perfect storm’?

Please note early bird prices will expire on 11th November 2019 and will increase by £100.00 per ticket.

All Purchase Order Numbers have to be raised for Event-X, not Solace – your invoice will be sent through after you have made your booking.

Price

MEMBER- Solace in the South (includes event, dinner and bed & breakfast) (£275 - invoice to follow from Event-X, please raise any PO's to Event-X)   275.00
NON MEMBER- Solace in the South (includes event, dinner and bed & breakfast) 23rd-24th April 2020 (£375 - invoice to follow from Event-X, please raise any PO's to Event-X)   375.00

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23rd April 2020 - 24th April 2020 Sutton Scotney Book Now
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Regional

24th September – Bristol Regional – Creating Purposeful Places

All Local Authorities want to make a difference to their place, to create prosperity and local pride. However, austerity and the consequent lack of resources is challenging this place leadership role. Alongside this the challenges of Brexit, the changing nature of town centres and the need to attract people and organisations to invest, live, work and play in your place has never been greater. The answer is to become an enabler and facilitator within the place, ‘to drive from the back seat’ but how do you empower, enthuse and engage stakeholders in the journey to create a ‘Purposeful Place’?

Date & Time: 24th September, 11:15-15:30

Venue: Lloyds, Bristol

Please click here to view the half day programme

Price

MEMBER - Bristol Regional (Creating Purposeful Places)   FREE
NON-MEMBER - Bristol Regional (Creating Purposeful Places)   FREE

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National

2nd April – Annual Charity Dinner

Annual Charity Dinner 2019 at Shakespeare's Globe, London. Follows the Annual Leadership Forum Members-only event. Free to attend.  

If you are a Non-Member and would like to attend, please email membership@solace.org.uk to discuss membership.

Price

Member Rate   Free

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2nd April 2020 London Book Now
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National

2nd April – Leadership Forum

The Solace Annual Leadership Forum will debate and discuss the challenges leaders face across the public, private and voluntary sectors. We will share experiences of successful leadership and explore what lessons we can learn from each other.
You will hear from innovative leaders from across the sectors who will share their leadership journeys and will be open to discuss issues and challenges that they have faced throughout their career.

Timings

10:45: Registration & refreshments (Auditorium Foyer, BT Centre)

15:50: Forum ends

There will be three guest speakers at the Forum, all speakers will be listed here on confirmation.

Price

MEMBER    £210 + VAT
NON MEMBER   £275 + VAT

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2nd April 2020 London Book Now
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Regional

5th March – Midlands Regional Workshop

During this session, we will focus on the impact of national policies, the effect they have on local government, and more specifically you and your place. There will be the opportunity to share ideas and best practice to help navigate through this ever-changing landscape. We will also look at how we build the workforce of the future and offer sessions that explore personal and organisational development.

Timings: 10:00-16:30

Venue: Bevan Brittan, Birmingham

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Want to find out more about Solace in the Midlands? Click here to hear about previous Midlands events!

Confirmed Speakers:

Ian Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee

Thoughtonomy – The impact of automation on the workforce

Alumni Springboarder Panel

Price

Member Ticket - Midlands Workshop - 8th November 2019   £75 + VAT
Non Member Ticket - Midlands Workshop - 8th November 2019   £99 + VAT

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Date Location
5th March 2020 Birmingham Book Now
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National

5th September – Creating an Inclusive Workforce

This event is to bring together future thinking leaders and managers from across local government and its partners to explore and commit to:
  • Recognising diversity as a strength, not just a nice to have.
  • Defining the required competencies and characteristics of leaders of the future.
  • Recruiting and rewarding values and behaviours.
  • Engage in creative thinking around achieving inclusive leadership.
  • Trialing different approaches to recruiting future leaders.
Please click here to see the full programme. Timings: TBA Venue: 7th Floor, The Landing, Blue Tower, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2ST.  

This event is free to attend, although if you do not attend the event, failing to contact events@solace.org.uk within the Events T&C’s, there will be a £50 +VAT fee applicable.

Price

MEMBER   Free
NON MEMBER   Free

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National

5th-6th September – Scotland Conference

Theme of the conference: Reimagining Leadership for the 21st Century: People, Place and Power. Watch this space for further programme details. TICKETS DO NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATION - for recommended accommodation and discounts please click here.
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Personal Development

Aspiring Future Sector Leaders

Are you a manager ready for your next career step? This eight day programme is designed specifically to develop those ready to step into more senior leadership roles. Read more to find out the details…

An Institute of Leadership and Management Development Award.

Our Aspiring Future  Sector Leaders programme is designed to meet the development needs of managers who are ready to take on more challenges and step up to more senior leadership roles.

Targeted development designed specifically for sector managers ready for their next career step

  • An eight-day programme providing a unique mix of challenging content, intensive support and practical skills development
  • Delivered by expert development specialists and public sector managers, pooling their experience

What you will learn:

  • Leadership and how to be effective in the ‘shifting sands’ of the public sector.
  • Strategic thinking in public services: how to ‘step out of the operational’ and think strategically for your organisation.
  • Working collaboratively across organisations: how to work in the growing realm of partnerships, constructively and with influence.
  • Performance coaching: how to support and develop others and improve organisational performance.

Delegates from the previous course have said:

“Quite challenging & thought provoking. Good balance of theory & practical discussion. Great group and teacher very knowledgeable.'”

When registering for Module One of this Programme you are also registering for the other three module dates of the same cohort – Participants must commit to attend all module dates of the same cohort.

You do not need to register separately for each module.

The price below includes an ILM registration fee of £50.

If your authority would like to book additional places on this programme please call 02079763311 to receive a 5% discount.

Price

Member   £1895
Non-Member   £1895

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Date Location
4th December 2019 - 5th December 2019 London Book Now
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Personal Development

Aspiring to be a Chief Executive

Are you looking to explore whether a Chief Executive position could be for you? This one day programme provides an overview of the role and explores the competencies required to succeed.

At the end of the Programme you will:

•Have an insight into the issues and dilemmas faced by Chief Executives
•Understand the ways in which the role is changing
•Understand the key skills and competencies required to be a successful chief executive.
•Be able to develop a personal development plan
•Receive practical tips and advice on becoming a chief executive

Previous attendees described the most valuable aspects of the course were:

“Figuring out my needs and working out a way forward”

“The relaxed and interactive approach to the day”

“Listening to the facilitator, who has been there and done that”

Price

Member   £425
Non-Member   £475

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Date Location
11th March 2020 London Book Now
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Personal Development

Aspiring to be a Director

This one day programme provides insight into the role of a Director. Are you suited for the job, aware of what it involves and how to get there? This course will help you find the answers. Please note that we can deliver this course inhouse for you should you have multiple individuals that would like to attend, please contact events@solace.org.uk for more information.

At the end of the programme you will:

  • Have heard from a current  director about their role and experience
  • Have a good understanding of the range of  director roles
  • Be able to assess whether you really want the job
  • Identify ways in which to become a successful director

The day will also feature a serving Senior Director as a guest speaker.

Previous delegates have described the most valuable parts of the course are: 

“The whole perspective of the course in outlining expectations of the role.” 

“Practical advice, looking at director roles from a different angle.” 

“Enjoyed the whole day, pointers on preparing very key, person spec criteria was particularly useful.”

Price

Member    £425
Non Member   £475

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Date Location
16th January 2020 London Book Now
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Personal Development

Aspiring to be a Head of Service

This one day programme provides insight into the role of a Head of Service. Are you suited for the job, aware of what it involves and how to get there? This course will help you find the answers. Please note that we can deliver this course inhouse for you should you have multiple individuals that would like to attend, please contact events@solace.org.uk for more information.

At the end of the programme you will:

• Have heard from a current Heads of services about their role and experience
• Have a good understanding of the range of Heads of Services roles
• Be able to assess whether you really want the job
• Identify ways in which to become a successful head of service

There will be a guest speaker.

Previous delegates have said:

“Excellent course – well-presented and practically structured”

“Thought provoking, challenging and pitched at the right level”

“Excellent and informative input from guest director speaker”

Price

Member   £425
Non Member   £475

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Date Location
17th January 2020 London Book Now
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National

Managing in a Political World

In many parts of the country hundreds of new relationships will need to be forged between senior council officers and leading councillors. Solace, with their extensive experience of working with leading councillors, is offering a one day programme for chief executives, directors and heads of service, which is ideally timed to assist senior officers in establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with lead politicians.  

The Skills Day draws lessons and learning points from academic research on real relationships, both positive and negative, between chief executives and leaders; lessons equally applicable to the interactions of cabinet portfolio members and senior officers. Using scenarios and role-plays based on real life critical incidents, this day will analyse the challenges faced in forming positive relationships and the different drivers of senior politicians’ and managers’ behaviours and approaches. Participants will take away practical advice on coping and relationship building strategies and on such issues as how to use “the honeymoon period” to maximum effect.

Solace can deliver this one day programme in house or on a sub-regional basis.

For further information, please contact development@solace.org.uk .

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Personal Development

Managing the Elections Process

Running elections can be a daunting role, join us to acquire practical advice and assistance to alleviate the stress through this one day workshop.

For those involved in running elections, whether very experienced or new to the role, the task can be daunting and even stressful. It is one of the few local government activities run entirely by the staff, not the Council, and one where the Returning Officer carries personal responsibility.

Although Solace is again running the Annual Elections Conference in January 2019 on new developments and challenges, those events will assume a reasonable degree of knowledge of electoral law and practice, and is complementary to, but not a substitute for, the Returning Officer core training. Core training for Returning Officers is the responsibility of local authorities and the Returning Officers themselves, and this course provides one of the few opportunities to address the subject with experienced colleagues.

Running an election is an area where there is not only legal responsibility but also a requirement to project an efficient organisation. It is one of those occasions when anything that goes wrong is immediately in the public spotlight. Furthermore it is a time when you are entirely reliant on the professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm of a large number of people who may not normally be employed by the local authority, and with whom you may have had little or no personal contact.

Elections are also high profile events closely scrutinised by politicians and the media. Recent legislation and the expectations of national and local Government, the Electoral Commission and of course the public have all placed a new emphasis on the conduct, administration and turnouts of elections. Bluntly, they are occasions where you are expected to know the answers and deal with any crises which might arise – and to know how and when to support your elections staff.

Apart from these courses, there are few opportunities to acquire and refresh practical advice and assistance. We hope that you find these timely one-day workshops both enjoyable and of great value to you as you assume your election responsibilities. It provides a unique opportunity to have your questions answered, acquire practical hints and tips, and be brought up to date about experiments in election administration, and the election administration changes of the modernising agenda.

This course is accredited by the Law Society and counts towards CPD points for Law Society members

Price

Member    £400
Non Member   £450

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Date Location
28th February 2020 London Book Now
2nd March 2020 Leeds Book Now
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Personal Development

New Directors Briefing

A unique and thought provoking opportunity for newly appointed Directors. This programme is delivered over two modules available dates can be viewed on booking, the dates advertised are for module one of each programme.

Aimed at newly or recently appointed directors this programme consists of two 1 day sessions exploring your leadership contribution as a Director in the organisation, your ability to work effectively with politicians and the contribution you make to the health and confidence of the authority. Listen to and discuss with both a serving Leader and a serving Chief Executive of two different authorities on their expectations from the top team and Directors in particular. Have the opportunity to discuss a strategic issues for which you are personally responsible for and gain feedback from your peers and the facilitator on thinking through the challenges you need to consider.

Participants on the programme have said;

“Very thought provoking course that made me really evaluate my own leadership skills”

“Brilliant course with brilliant speakers”

Price

Member    £795
Non Member    £845

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Date Location
5th February 2020 London Book Now
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Personal Development

New or Aspirant Non-Executive Directors Programme

Are you thinking of applying to a Non-Executive Director or Trustee? Join us for an interactive session where you can explore the relationship of the Board with external stakeholders and understand what the roles entail. Please note that we can deliver this course inhouse for you should you have multiple individuals that would like to attend, please contact events@solace.org.uk for more information.    

The Solace facilitator will;

  • Share experience of moving from a local government career into a portfolio of non-executive roles.
  • Explain what makes a good Non-Executive Director and how to make the transition from an Executive role
  • Share where and how might your skills be most useful, and identify and find the range of opportunities available
  • Help you identify how to develop the skills you need for a non-executive role now and use them in your current role

You will also:

  • Receive advice about the legal responsibilities of non-executives who might combine roles as Company Directors and Trustees
  • Understand the duties and liabilities of Directors and Trustees and share what protections may be available to them
  • Help to identify what good corporate governance is and what it looks like

Price

Member   £99
Non Member   £149

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Personal Development

PAs at the Top

A one-day workshop specifically designed for PAs working with a top manager. The day provides an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues and invest in your own personal development. Please note that we can deliver this course inhouse for you should you have multiple individuals that would like to attend, please contact events@solace.org.uk for more information.

All Senior Managers have a demanding job in the complex and often turbulent world of local government. In turn top managers can be equally demanding on those who work with them to provide support to their managerial leadership. It is therefore essential to gain an understanding of what the top manager’s job involves (with its variety, competing pressures and priorities) if an effective two way working relationship is to be established.

This “two way” working is central to building a relationship of trust, confidence and mutual respect. Participants will be encouraged to think about their job, role and the skills required and to take time out for their own personal development.

Finally, in plenary sessions as individuals and in groups, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and to learn together.

Previous delegates have said:

“An excellent day, really motivating, The most useful training course I have attended. It was really relevant to my job and presented very well.”

“I came feeling everything was just fine and left feeling empowered to make them even better”

“Thought provoking – gained greater awareness of influence of members on role of Chief Executive.”

“Interacting with other PAs  and being able to share tips and experience”

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a big “thank you” for the workshop yesterday. I got so much out of it and came back to work with a renewed vigour and enthusiasm.”

Price

Delegate Fee   £375

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Date Location
13th December 2019 London Book Now
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Personal Development

Political Skills

The Solace Political Skills programme is designed to support and develop further your political astuteness. Please note that we can deliver this course inhouse for you should you have multiple individuals that would like to attend, please contact events@solace.org.uk for more information.

Module Objectives:

  • To improve participants’ understanding of what motivates politicians, and how politics works , in order to improve local political – managerial relationships
  • To help participants’ anticipate, identify, and plan for ‘political issues’ in order to improve member trust and confidence in managers
  • To help participants to recognise where they can influence politicians, and where they should not and to help managers to become more effective when needing to challenge local politicians
  • Preparing for and responding to a possible change of governance arrangements

 

Price

Member   £400
Non Member   £450
   

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Personal Development

Resilience in Leadership

The workshop has been designed to provide Leaders with the skills required to develop personal resilience without which they may struggle to be effective in their roles. As Leaders, they are seen as role models by others and they need to demonstrate resilience (now more so than ever) to deal with the vast range of challenges currently facing the Public sector (major change, uncertainty, budgetary constraints, increasing demands and expectations) Resilient Leaders can also develop resilient staff and create an environment of well being for all. This workshop will provide all delegates with an opportunity to address real issues using a combination of facilitator input and feedback, individual and group exercises, questionnaires, tools and techniques. Covered in the day
  • Why do we currently need to be more resilient?
  • Recognising how you and your staff respond to difficult times
  • Leading by example
  • Creating a resilient environment in difficult times
  • Maintaining a resilient outlook
  • Challenging and Addressing Difficult Behaviour
  • Action plan

Facilitator Claire Chidley.

Price

Member   £425.00
Non-Member   £475.00

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Date Location
17th January 2020 Leeds Book Now
13th February 2020 Farringdon, London Book Now
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Personal Development

Returning Officer Training

One day course designed to provide returning officers with all the information they need to deliver an election. Delegates will come away from the day with a checklist of do's and dont's and the opportunity to ask questions of two serving returning officers.

Facilitator:TBC

Price

Member   £199.00+VAT
Non-Member    £249.00+VAT

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Date Location
28th November 2019 London Book Now
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Personal Development

Role of a Non-Executive Director Programme

Are you thinking of applying to a Non-Executive Director or Trustee? Join us for an interactive session where you can explore the relationship of the Board with external stakeholders and understand what the roles entail. Please note that we can deliver this course inhouse for you should you have multiple individuals that would like to attend, please contact events@solace.org.uk for more information.    

The Solace facilitator will;

  • Share experience of moving from a local government career into a portfolio of non-executive roles.
  • Explain what makes a good Non-Executive Director and how to make the transition from an Executive role
  • Share where and how might your skills be most useful, and identify and find the range of opportunities available
  • Help you identify how to develop the skills you need for a non-executive role now and use them in your current role

You will also:

  • Receive advice about the legal responsibilities of non-executives who might combine roles as Company Directors and Trustees
  • Understand the duties and liabilities of Directors and Trustees and share what protections may be available to them
  • Help to identify what good corporate governance is and what it looks like

Price

Member   £99
Non Member   £149

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Date Location
17th January 2020 Leeds Book Now
24th January 2020 Farringdon, London Book Now
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Personal Development

Springboard 2019

As the leading members network for Local Government and public sector professionals, Solace is looking to identify around twenty high-flying future leaders of the sector and offer them a career Springboard.

We are offering free Solace membership for a year, invitations to several exclusive Solace events, an external mentor, a small programme of one-day workshops and other shadowing and learning opportunities.

In return, we are looking for people who will commit to maximising their time as part of our Springboard programme – taking charge of their own learning, seizing new opportunities and developing skills and experiences which will help them move on.

Induction – May 2019
Module 1 – July 2019
Module 2 – (Summit Session) October 2019
Module 3 – November 2019
Module 4 – January 2020
Wrap up event – March 2020

The price of Springboard is only a £250 charitable donation.

Interested? Please contact development@solace.org.uk for more details.

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Personal Development

Total Leadership

This programme is designed by professional development specialists Solace and INLOGOV and delivered by academics from a Russell Group University to provide ‘kite-marked’ bespoke leadership development opportunities, carefully blending the latest cutting-edge academic theory with practical skills and knowledge, together with unique insights from high-profile speakers. The programme is uniquely tailored to the particular needs of senior executive professional leaders within UK local government and commercial organisations within the public service space.  

RIGOROUS GROUNDING IN EVIDENCE

Throughout, the programme is underpinned by extensive frontline experience in the sector and by UK and global research, which highlights the urgent need for sophisticated transformational leadership skills in a rapidly changing leadership context.

The programme provides external, expert and objective validation of the competence and capacity of each participant, supporting them to address the significant challenges of leading and managing integrated local public services. For employers, completion of this programme offers indisputable evidence of participants’ ability to carry out the demanding roles of such senior posts successfully, and the programme is now considered a pre-requisite for aspiring Chief Executives.

PIONEERING THE LATEST THINKING

Graduates of the programme are required to make a firm commitment to continuing professional development and to adhere to a new ethical code of standards for the way in which these newly acquired skills are exercised. This is a key element of Solace’s commitment to the promotion of excellence in public service leadership and management.

The Total Leadership Programme costs £4995.

The next Total Leadership Programme will commence on the 31st January 2019, to apply for your place today contact tl@solace.org.uk.

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