Editorial Board

 graeme mcdonald

Graeme McDonald, Director, SOLACE

Graeme is Director of SOLACE, responsible for the overall management of the organisation, policy and communications. 

 chris painter

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.

 Martin ferguson

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.

 tim pryce

Tim Pryce, Carbon Trust

Tim leads the Carbon Trust's work on public sector carbon management, supporting the public sector in reducing carbon, implementing energy-saving strategies and commercialising low-carbon technologies.

 stephen gaskell

Stephen Gaskell, Head of Strategy & Partnerships, 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

Althea Loderick, Strategic Director for Resources, Brent 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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21/02/2017Untapped potential

As PSE went to press, the government had just released its Industrial Strategy green paper, which has an ambitious aim to “improve living standards and economic growth by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country”.  Overall, the strategy was welcomed across the public sector. However, as you&rsqu... read more >

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Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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And justice for all

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