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Chris Painter, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Birmingham City University
Chris Painter is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Management at Birmingham City University, where he was Head of the School of Social Sciences. He is also Chair of Governors at Stourbridge King Edward VI College.
Simon Edwards, Director of the County Councils Network (CCN)
Simon is the Director of the County Councils Network (CCN), responsible for leadership of the organisation, business management and all aspects of CCN’s membership. Over the last three years, Simon has led the transformation of CCN into an influential and respected network which advocates innovative policy solutions on the challenges facing local government and the wider public sector.
Graeme McDonald, Director, SOLACE
Graeme is Director of SOLACE, responsible for the overall management of the organisation, policy and communications. 
Cllr Peter John OBE, Leader of Southwark Council and Chair of London Councils’ and Executive member for business, skills and Brexit (Labour)

Cllr Peter John OBE has been the leader of Southwark Council since May 2010 and was appointed to London Councils' executive in 2012. He is now Deputy Chair and Executive member for business, skills and Brexit.

He was born in Weston-super-Mare and attended his local comprehensive school, before going on to study law at the University of London. After graduating in 1988 he became a barrister.  

He was elected as a councillor for South Camberwell Ward in 2002 and after serving as group chief whip became the leader of Southwark Labour in 2004.

Martin Ferguson, Policy Director, SOCITM
Martin leads the development and promotion of responses to major issues around public sector ICT and drives engagement with central and local government.
Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE, Chief Executive, Oldham Council
Carolyn has taken Oldham Council forward through a significant programme of growth and reform under the Cooperative Council agenda. 
David Reilly, Director of Cities and Regions, The Carbon Trust

David is a Chartered Engineer with 14 years’ experience of delivering projects in the areas of energy efficiency and carbon management, sustainable building design, sustainable planning and master planning, and renewable energy.

As Director of Cities & Regions at the Carbon Trust, David leads on strategic carbon reduction improvement services to public sector bodies and cities, with a key focus on energy and resource efficiency, as well as decentralised and low carbon energy generation.

Stephen Gaskell, Head of Chief Executive’s Office, Southwark Council
Stephen works for an inner city London Borough that despite budget pressures, has promised to deliver a 'Fairer Future' for all its residents.
Althea Loderick, Chief Executive, Newham Council
Althea Loderick is Strategic Director for Resources at Brent Council. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Waltham Forest Council, with a role encompassing the human resources service, organisational development, transformation and business change, and ICT. She has been named one of the UK’s most influential HR practitioners.

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Public Health England report reveals Covid-19 disparity

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Public Health England (PHE) published a report yesterday (June 2) confirming that the risk and outcomes of the Coronavirus pandemic is not felt e... more >
Ep. 16 Cllr Nick Forbes - Net zero and an inclusive economy

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 this week’s episode, Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes CBE joined host Emily Rodgers on the Public Sector Voice... more >
Cheshire East Council makes hydrogen fuel progress

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Cheshire East Council has taken a big step in their fight against the climate emergency as planning permission for a green hydrogen refuelling co... more >

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Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues that community-led initiatives are a productive way of helping to solve... more >
Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

19/06/2019Aberdeen's green transport fleet attracting international attention

Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, councillor Philip Bell, highlights the Granite City’s determination to play a leading ... more >
A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

13/06/2019A fifth of public sector workers have never received a thank you from the people they serve

A fifth of the country’s public sector workers say they have NEVER received a ‘thank you’ for doing their job as Public Service... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need to invest in technology to help make better use of their resources. Bu... more >
Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

17/12/2018Digital innovation in the public sector: The future is now

One of the public sector’s key technology partners has recently welcomed a new member to its team. Matt Spencer, O2’s head of public ... more >
New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >

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Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been th... more > more last word articles >

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What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

17/03/2020What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service?

Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Stephen Bahooshy, Senior Commissioning Manager and Nicky Selwyn, Carer and Service User Group Chair, Croydon Council.   Here it is, that age old question: What came first, the bad customer or the bad customer service? (Or maybe we just made that up, whatever). But it’s true though, right? We w... more >
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Ep. 15 Lord Kerslake - A gradual erosion of local autonomy

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In this week’s episode, Lord Robert Ker... more >
The importance of reliable indoor mobile coverage post Covid19

28/05/2020The importance of reliable indoor mobile coverage post Covid19

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