Supporting 21st century local authority management and leadership. 

The next generation of local government will be leading through unprecedented times and councils have a vital role play in building civil society:

  • making tough decisions
  • devolving power to local people
  • promoting fairness and tackling inequality.  

Great leadership from managers and chief executives is crucial to our shared vision for local government – efficient, accountable, reliable and changing lives for the better. So now, more than ever, we need to ensure our officers are bold and ambitious leaders; equipped to tackle these challenges and lead local government to make a difference, deliver and be trusted.

As the role of councils is rapidly changing, so to is that of our officers, managers and chief executives. We have several programmes to develop the leadership skills of these professionals, with the focus being on ensuring:

  • the brightest and best graduates are encouraged and supported into the sector
  • that those leading our local authorities are offered superb class leadership development opportunities to stretch their knowledge and capability to effectively lead across place.

National Graduate Development Programme

This is a development programme for high-calibre graduates with the potential to become senior managerial leaders in local government within the next 10 years.


LG Challenge

The LG Challenge is a competition for local government's aspiring future top executives. Ten contestants undertake five tough real-life challenges hosted by councils around the country. The winner receives the £10,000 Bruce-Lockhart scholarship.


Strategic leadership in modern local government

This is a modular programme aimed at managers seeking to become senior strategic managers and leaders within local government. Delivered by KBA Solutions, the programme provides a blended learning experience.

Aspiring future public sector leaders

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) has devised an eight-day programme to target development for public sector managers ready for their next career step.