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Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

23.06.20: Evolution is crucial in any business and Public Sector Executive is no different. Long before Covid-19 even became a thought in the back of our minds, the team at PSE were looking at innovative ways to deliver its content to our audien...

BLOG: Guildford Council through the advent of virtual meetings

17.06.20: As if leading and supporting their communities through a life-changing global pandemic wasn’t enough of a challenge, councils have also had to simultaneously respond, adapt and overcome the democratic challenges presented by social distanc...

CASE STUDY: Being a primary school in the Covid-19 era

10.06.20: CASE STUDY: A primary schools perspective of going into coronavirus lockdown  Our Lady Of Walsingham R C Primary School Clare Johanson As the parent support advisor and schools safeguard lead I work closely with all our vulne...

CASE STUDY: Birmingham City Council tackle online meetings

09.06.20: Emma Williamson – Head of Scrutiny Services at Birmingham City Council Birmingham City Council held an online Extraordinary Meeting of the Full Council, with 80 members, on 28th April. The Council have now held 15 meetings via Microso...

Public Sector Executive unveils new editorial board members

08.06.20: Public Sector Executive is proud to unveil its new Editorial Board, with members from all corners of the public sector. We are keen to hear more from our board members and have hand picked some exciting new members to keep our audience up t...

Protecting the public sector from cybercrime

08.06.20: Cybercrime, including ransomware, is widespread and creating significant data protection and recovery challenges for many Public Sector organisations, but how do you ensure a breach doesn't bring your organisation down? Public Sector Execut...

The evolution of digital transformation for local government

05.06.20: Content provided by TechnologyOne, editorially reviewed by Public Sector Executive. A CEO’s perspective  Andrew Grant, former CEO of Aylesbury Vale District Council, often questions whether digital transformation e...

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

17.03.20: 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...

Crown Commercial Service: Top Tech Tips for The Public Sector

02.03.20: Source: PSE Feb/March 20 A free government whitepaper sets out nine simple steps to successful technology buying for the public sector. Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Technology Solutions document tackles the purchase of both h...

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council - Steely determination

28.02.20: Source: PSE Feb/March 20 Mary Lanigan, Council Leader for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council Steel has been the lifeblood of generations in Redcar and Cleveland. We like to tell everyone we meet that our steel built the world; i...

Maximising digital potential in your organisation

28.02.20: We’re living in a digital age. The global cloud computing industry has evolved exponentially with new cloud models and services continually being developed, adopted and deployed. Organisations across all industries, including the public se...

Utilising data to best deliver meaningful public services

14.11.19: Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts explains how living in a modern, interconnected world, as we do, means public sector organisations cannot afford to ignore the role of data. Data is all around us in the modern age. Unseen, the d...

5 reasons EvoNorth should be a date in your 2020 diary

13.11.19: After the success of EvoNorth earlier this year, we're back for a 2nd year to once again unite the leaders from across the Northern Powerhouse to collaborate, share exciting innovation, build a stronger Northern Powerhouse and take control of ou...

More than a million public sector workers have never been thanked – is it time to show them some kindness?

13.11.19: Membership club Boundless calls for action on World Kindness Day. Public sector membership club, Boundless, revealed shocking statistics ahead of World Kindness Day on 13 November, showing a fifth of the country’s public sector w...

Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

01.11.19: Following a survey of public sector organisations and their incorporation of social value into the procurement process, in partnership with Wates and the Social Value Portal, Public Sector Executive’s Matt Roberts evaluates one of the clea...

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Ep. 20 Celebrating leadership through a crisis - Cllr Sarah Rouse

02/07/2020Ep. 20 Celebrating leadership through a crisis - Cllr Sarah Rouse

This week leader of Malvern Hills District Council Sarah Rouse joined host Emily Rodgers on Public Sector Voices after being recognised in the&nb... more >
Extra £500m and supportive measures announced for councils

02/07/2020Extra £500m and supportive measures announced for councils

An additional £500m funding package and further support for Councils has been announced today (July 2) by Local Government Secretary Robert... more >
Government spend on Covid response reaches £4.3bn and rising

02/07/2020Government spend on Covid response reaches £4.3bn and rising

New Tussell data, published today (July 2) shows that the Government has spent £4.3bn on Covid-19 related contracts, almost doubling since ... more >

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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 >

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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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Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

23/06/2020Cleaner, greener, safer media: Increased ROI, decreased carbon

Evolution is crucial in any business and Public Sector Executive is no different. Long before Covid-19 even became a thought in the back of our minds, the team at PSE were looking at innovative ways to deliver its content to our audience in a more dynamic and responsive manner. We’re conscious to take the time to both prot... 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 >

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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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