Make sure you check in here to see all of our speaker announcements for Solace Summit 2020! We are building a fantastic line up of speakers for you this year and we hope you will join us at the Bonus Arena in Hull.

Keynote Speaker Announcement!

Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Rugby World Cup Winning Coach, former Team GB Director of Sport, now Sport & Business Consultant will be joining us as our first keynote speaker at this year’s Summit.


Our Confirmed 2020 Speakers

Martin Swales

Chief Executive, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council & Solace President

As President of Solace, Martin provides national leadership, representing the sector across all configurations of Local Government.  His focus as President is to create the right platform, conditions and relationships for the sector to emerge stronger and more sustainable.  Prior to becoming President, Martin served as Solace Spokesperson for Economic Development and Housing for six years.

Martin has been Chief Executive of South Tyneside MBC for ten years.  South Tyneside is a recognised ‘high performing Council with many outstanding features’ (LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, 2017).  Children’s Services are judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’, with an ‘Outstanding’ Adoption Service.  South Tyneside’s ‘whole-systems partnership approach’ to Health and Social Care is nationally recognised and part of ongoing work with The King’s Fund.

Martin holds additional Leadership Roles as: Head of Paid Service for the North East Combined Authority; one of nine Chief Executive’s working with Government on ‘Brexit’; Lead Chief Executive for Newcastle International Airport and the £9bn Tyne and Wear Local Government Pension Fund.

Gavin Jones

Chief Executive, Essex County Council & Solace Chair

Gavin has been a local authority CEO for over 13 years, initially at Swindon and for the last 4 ½ years at Essex County Council.

The first half of Gavin’ career was in a variety of private organisations and market sectors. In 2004 he left SITA International (Airline telecommunications company) serving as Vice President Marketing and Customer Services, to join Swindon Borough Council, his home town.
Gavin was listed as one of the top 50 New Radicals in the Sunday Observer’s national campaign for Britain’s most innovative leaders and voted one of the most influential leaders in Local Government. Gavin is Chair of Solace Group.

Gavin is passionate about change in the local government, bringing together stakeholders and partner organisations to develop relationships at the local, regional and national levels in order to deliver a transformed service provision. Gavin is enthusiastic about embracing the business benefits of diversity and using these to the advantage of leading the organisation.

Sir Clive Woodward OBE

Sir Clive Woodward is the World Cup winning Head Coach who led England’s rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003. A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, during Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.

In 2006 Clive joined the British Olympic Association. As Team GB’s Director of Sport he worked in close partnership with key stakeholders in British Sport to support the national coaches and athletes at the Beijing & Vancouver Olympics as well as deliver Team GB’s most successful Olympic Games in the modern era at London 2012.

Clive is currently the Founder and Chairman of Hive Learning – an app which has digitised Clive’s coaching methods and is designed help people learn better together in business and sport and is the Director of Sport for the APEX2100 International Ski Academy which aims to become the World’s Leading High Performance Academy for young, aspiring athletes wanting to achieve their goals in Alpine Skiing.

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