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Staffordshire CC: Chief Exec's blog - Nick Bell

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Learnings from LGA Conference 

16 Jul 18

The Local Government Association Conference (LGA) in Birmingham last week was, as always, an opportunity to learn and to understand what is going on across the country in our sector.


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Congratulations to Matt Biggs, and an update on Network Staffordshire 

2 Jul 18

I couldn’t begin this week’s entry with any other subject than to congratulate Matt Biggs on being recognised at a national level as local government’s Rising Star of the Year.


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Leading and managing change 

25 Jun 18

I went to a number of events last week which centred on leading and managing change, and they have set me thinking.


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Conducting a Peer Challenge in Gloucestershire 

18 Jun 18

I spent last week in Gloucestershire as part of the Peer Challenge for the County Council.


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County Show, Future First Events and Childcare Success 

4 Jun 18

It’s been the week of the Staffordshire Agricultural Show and it was a great pleasure to spend a couple of hours walking around the stands and watching some of the judging of the animals in their competition classes.


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The relationship between the private and public sectors 

21 May 18

I was invited to speak this week at a dinner of the New Local Government Network, one of the leading think tanks in our sector.


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Meetings, and the common issues facing county councils 

14 May 18

I spent a day and a half with the other County Council Chief Executives last week at their Spring Seminar.


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The Gender Pay Gap, Equality and Diversity, and Learning at Work Week 

9 May 18

I was thinking about our Gender Pay Analysis and what we should do about addressing it, and would appreciate some feedback from readers.


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On meetings and Elon Musk 

23 Apr 18

Elon Musk has made the headlines this week with his thoughts on meetings.


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Learning at Work Week 

16 Apr 18

We have Learning at Work Week coming up from 14 – 18 May.


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Our Strategy, and good news for Staffordshire families 

9 Apr 18

I wanted to make sure that you had all had a chance to familiarise yourselves with the Plan on a Page , the short version of the council’s Strategy.


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The importance of talking openly and honestly about death 

26 Mar 18

I’m attending a friend’s funeral tomorrow, and, as well as reflecting on his life and the people he leaves behind, I couldn’t help but make the connection with the Dying Matters Staffordshire discussion that we’ve started on talking openly …


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The importance of diverse teams 

19 Mar 18

I’ve been reflecting on decision making and diversity this week, and would value any feedback from readers.


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Identifying our values and making them work 

12 Mar 18

You will remember my talking about formalising a new set of values in the organisation as part of our Workforce Strategy.


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Thanks to our gritting crews, a ministerial visit, and recognition for Families First 

5 Mar 18

I couldn’t start this week’s entry with anything other than the winter weather – the combination of snow and wind has made it especially challenging for those keeping the roads clear.


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Putting the MTFS into action 

27 Feb 18

We had the first meeting of the combined Wider Leadership Team last week.


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Visit to our gritting vehicle fleet and future STP projects 

12 Feb 18

I spent an enjoyable couple of hours this week back on the shop floor of our Fleetcare operation, getting to understand the challenges of maintaining and repairing our vehicle fleet.


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Meeting with Staffordshire MPs, and continuing the success of Building Resilient Families and Communities 

5 Feb 18

We had our quarterly meeting with Staffordshire’s MPs this week in Portcullis House in Westminster.


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Special Blog: Medium Term Financial Strategy 

24 Jan 18

We have published our Medium Term Financial Strategy, which includes next year in detail and the further out years in decreasing levels of outline.


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Encouraging our creative industries 

22 Jan 18

I visited Falmouth University with colleagues from Staffordshire University on Tuesday to see how they support entrepreneurs and businesses in Cornwall.


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The importance of cyber security 

8 Jan 18

In the coming weeks, all staff will be required to do some mandatory cyber security training.


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Happy New Year 

2 Jan 18

Firstly, I would like to wish you, your families and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2018.


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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas 

18 Dec 17

It almost feels too early to be wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, but Christmas Day is only a week away.


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Senior Managers’ Conference, and a thanks to our highways teams 

11 Dec 17

We had our Senior Managers’ Conference last week.


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The Digital Revolution 

4 Dec 17

We seem to be making real progress on the Smart Staffordshire work, in which the county council is working with our universities, businesses and the Staffordshire public sector.