What sort of leadership do Combined Authorities need to be successful?

The LGA/SOLACE/ESRC Local Government Research Facilitator and University of Birmingham Institute for Local Government (INLOGOV), CityREDI and the PSA delivered a series of seminars to help local public partners develop highly effective combined authorities.

The third seminar in the series (05 November 2015) focused on:

  • Political leadership: Mayors and Leaders – blending a new political leadership culture
  • Executive officer leadership – 21st Century public servants in a shared space
  • Designing new organisations – steal, borrow, innovate and leave behind
  • The anatomy of collaboration – values, behaviours and practice which reinforce collaborative cultures


Personal perspectives on leadership of collaboration and devolution:

Deborah Cadman, OBE, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council – Combined Leadership

Councillor Robert Sleigh, Leader, Solihull MBC – Leadership of Combined Authorities

Andrew Muter, Chief Executive of Newark and Sherwood, East Midlands Combined Authority – Develoved Power – Combined Leadership

Panel: Evidence into practice:

Catherine Staite, Director of INLOGOV – Political leadership: Metro-mayors and Leaders – the challenges of a new political leadership culture.

Vivien Lowndes, Professor of Public Policy & Management, INLOGOV – Building collaborative capacity: rules, practices and stories that reinforce collaborative cultures Research Facilitator for Local Government.

Catherine Mangan, Director of Public Services Academy, – 21st Century leadership for officers and members.