Graeme McDonald is Director of Solace, responsible for the overall management of the organisation, policy and communications. He also leads Solace’s commercial leadership, learning and organisational development activites.
Prior to joining Solace Graeme had spent over fifteen years working in local government. He has worked for London Borough, Metropolitan and District councils, his final role was as the Director of Policy and Performance at the London Borough of Ealing. He also has experience in roles within social care, housing and environmental services, as well as a range of corporate and change management roles.
Graeme focuses on influencing policy across central government, ensuring the very best of the sector is shared and built upon, and promoting the reputation of local government and its senior managers. He is particularly keen to develop the sector’s long term leadership capabilities and has developed a number of programmes aimed at firmly embedding high quality professional leadership in local public services.
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
Panel: Collaborative approaches to leadership
Theatre: The State of the Public Sector
Local government leaders are under pressure to deliver affordable housing, adult social care, improved infrastructure, and ongoing economic growth; all while trying to identify new revenue streams, remain an attractive employer and find savings across their organisations. As these issues become more complex, it is increasingly important for leaders to ensure that the skills of their workforce adequately reflect the demands of their constituency.