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APSE Annual Seminar 2014

APSE Annual Seminar 2014

The Ensuring Council: Transforming the frontline

10-11 September 2014, Nottingham Ice Arena

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Seminar Objectives

The APSE Annual Seminar 2014 will be held at the Nottingham Ice Arena. ‘The Ensuring Council: Transforming the Frontline’ will consider what it means to be an Ensuring Council, the model developed by APSE to respond to the changing finances and challenges faced by local authorities across the UK. The seminar will explore the themes of meeting the challenges of finance and service reform, stewardship of the local economy, using performance and business intelligence to transform services and municipal entrepreneurialism in frontline services. The seminar will end with the prestigious APSE Service Awards 2014 recognising the very best in local government service delivery. 


Opening plenary: Shaping local places

What does it mean to be an Ensuring Council?
Paul O'Brien, Chief Executive, APSE

Change and transformation: What are the possibilities?
Mike Bennett, Public Intelligence


Session 2: Meeting the Challenges of Finance and Reform

A new future for municipal governance
Dr Steven Griggs, Local Governance Research Unit, De Montfort University

Can we sustain local government with current budgets?
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA

A combined authority approach: Will it save our frontline services?
Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council


Session 3: Stewardship of local places

Maintaining core capacity to secure local outcomes
Mark Cullinan, Chief Executive, Lancaster City Council

Stewardship of local place: Housing action
Richard Whittaker, Head of Development, Nottingham City Homes


Session 4: Innovation forums

Caerphilly's approach to encouraging health and wellbeing
Mark Williams, Head of Community & Leisure Services, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Public private partnering: Challenge for Success
Neil Meadows, AMEY

Building Maintenance & Housing - Mobile working (notes)
Dave Allen, Programme Manager, Fife Council


Session 5: Using performance and business intelligence to transform service delivery

Placing social justice at the heart of frontline delivery and regeneration
Steven Phillips, Chief Executive, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

GCC - A performance improvement journey
David Russell, Roads Operations Manager, Glasgow City Council

Is it really cheaper to 'go large'?
Andy Mudd, Head of Solutions, APSE

Using data intelligence to drive service improvement in Scotland
Claire Sweeney, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland


Session 6: A new age for municipal entrepreneurialism

Supporting frontline services with a different financial basis
Zena Cooke, Director of Regeneration and Communities, Maidstone Council

Public health: From leisure centres to local parks
Kevin Hadfield, Leisure Services Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Developing a wholly owned company model for services to older people
Fiona Seymour, Managing Director of Olympus Care Ltd, A Northamptonshire County Council wholly owned company


Session 7: Securing social, environmental and economic well-being

The APSE Energy project
Richard Auton, Director, Walker Morris Solicitors

Flood and water management
Philip Monaghan, author of 'Local Water' APSE research

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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