With the government increasingly looking beyond Whitehall for answers to the big issues facing the country, local government has an opportunity to fundamentally shape the future of the nation. As community leaders and now place-shapers, councils must get to grips with host of complex issues from migration and its impact on cohesion to funding and infrastructure. Internally they are striving to provide more personalised services to customers while meeting ever-tighter efficiency targets.
Understanding the challenges and the nature of leadership
Against this backdrop, the traditional role of the local government officer has changed beyond all recognition in a generation. From counties and districts to metropolitan and unitary authorities, hierarchical structures are being swept away and being replaced with matrix management and ‘command and control’ is being replaced with influence and partnership working. The customer is being placed at the heart of service delivery.
Finding people with the range of skills to drive these agendas forward is becoming increasingly difficult. To do so, you need to understand the nature of the challenge as well as the nature of leadership. GatenbySanderson understands both. Our intelligent approach to search, assessment and supporting our clients provides both flexibility and rigour. Unconstrained by traditional boundaries, we know where to look for talent and how to find it. Between them, our partners have more experience of hiring chief executives and directors into local government leadership roles than any other search business.
If you would like to learn more about how GatenbySanderson can help you, contact us on Leeds 0113 205 6071, London 020 7426 3960 or Birmingham 0121 644 5700.