Chief Executive - St Helens Council
Having met with North West Employers is it clear that they are an organisation that are very capable in providing support to the sector and I anticipate having a strong working relationship with them over the years ahead.
Theresa Grant - Chief Executive
Under our ‘Supporting Change to Happen’ strategy, which underpins the Reshaping Trafford Council programme, North West Employers worked closely with us to deliver leadership training to our managers to help them to engage with and lead their staff through transformational change. North West Employers’ expertise and detailed understanding of local government and the financial challenges we are currently facing - coupled with the impact of public service reform - really helped us to design a bespoke offer that will add real value to our transformation programme. As always, the commission was undertaken with total professionalism and the evaluation of the leadership training has been really positive, with 97% of participants rating the overall programme as good or excellent.
Councillor Jenny Mein
Leader of Lancashire County Council
Liz advised and guided me through the whole Chief Executive appraisal process. Her support has allowed us to develop simple yet transparent guiding principles. I am pleased to be able to recommend NW Employers to all public service organisations.
Assistant HR Business Partner, Trafford Council
The ASPIRE programme was a great opportunity for my own personal development, particularly some self-reflection around my 360 feedback. Rhyan’s sessions were particularly entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking, drawing on her experiences across a wide range of organisations; and a fascinating session with a Local Authority Chief Executive, getting an insight into the perception of HRBP’s from the top!
Carolyn Wilkins - Chief Executive
The work and support North West Employers provides in helping shape the #LeadingGM offer has been vital. #LeadingGM is part of a programme of activities that together will support GM Leaders from across all sectors within GM to achieve their Stronger Together ambition. Its success will be in the engagement of individuals, organisations and places, which will be achieved through the sharing of ideas, insights and practice. Although still in its early stages our joint working has helped deliver a range of fantastic opportunities to colleagues across Greater Manchester such as facilitating #LeadingGM Masterclasses, Leading GM Time Bank and supporting Graduate Xchanges. I look forward to continue working with them through this exciting time.
Salford City Council
North West Employers has supported Salford City Council in a variety of ways, for example, in-house development sessions with managers and recruitment expertise. Many of our managers have found the professional development courses, particularly the master class programme, innovative and engaging. We have always found colleagues at North West Employers willing to tailor the support to our specific needs which has resulted in a ‘bespoke’ service.
David Parr - Chief Executive
North West Children and Young People Sector Led Improvement Board
North West Employers have worked with the NW Children and Young People Sector Led Improvement Board to review the Board structures and develop new operating arrangements. The Board’s administration is now co-located at NWEO and operates in collaboration with the sector led work that is also taking place across the NW in respect of Adults, and for Public Health. Working with North West Employers we have been able to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of sector led improvement approach across the NW to improve business practices, develop professional skills set and more effectively share best practice in the very important area of children’s services and child safeguarding. There is a very strong partnership in the NW in this area of business and NWEO, have been, and remain, a significant player in the partnership.
Councillor Gordon Nicolson OBE
Member for Lazonby Ward and Resources Portfolio Holder
I found the support and advice offered by North West Employers invaluable in setting Chief Executive objectives and reviewing performance. A key factor is setting these matters in the local, regional and national context and Keith Power’s advice was very useful in doing this. I would recommend this service to colleagues.
Councillor Ian Moncur - Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing
North West Employers have given invaluable support to the Children’s Lead Members Network facilitating our meetings to share good practice and arranging a range of top quality speaker's.
Councillor Mark Townsend
North West Employers provided excellent support throughout the process to recruit our new Chief Executive. They were responsive, flexible and efficient in meeting the particular needs of the Council.
Dr Neil Squires - Deputy Director Workforce
North of England Region Public Health England
Impressed by the positive reviews of the ‘Grow Your Own’ programme, Public Health England North Region co-financed two cohorts of the programme in order to increase access for people working in Local Authorities. There are a number of professional groups and disciplines working in the Local Authority setting who are part of the wider public health workforce, working on the broader determinants of health and contributing to improving the public’s health. There are insufficient opportunities for this wider workforce to learn together in order to better work together. When I spoke to participants, they valued the opportunity to share training and experience and develop a common language and greater shared understanding of the leadership and management challenges of the new public health context. The training helped them build personal resilience and to form a wider network of professional contacts. Programmes like ‘Grow Your Own’, which create a shared learning environment are a valuable resource to build public health capacity.
Councillor Roz Gladden
I always find the opportunities that North West Employers provide me with as great ways to learn about what’s going on, network with other councillors and develop further in my ever-evolving role.
Deborah Arnot - Director
NHS North West Leadership Academy
The NHS North West Leadership Academy and North West Employers have worked collaboratively since 2008 and continue to do so, we have a strong alliance, shared values and purpose and bring together leaders from all sectors to learn and work together to find new solutions to these complex issues. Most recently we successfully, jointly delivered a cross sector System Leadership Conference - North West in it Together: Leading the System. Going forward we will continue to build on our work together and indeed are collaborating on the leadership development support required for the very exciting Manchester Devolution work.