It’s becoming commonplace to talk about the current period as one of wide-reaching change for the UK. Brexit provides the most obvious example, but the UK is also facing the consequences of immense political, economic and demographic changes. Across almost all the critical policy and public service delivery areas, the level of change and challenge we face is demanding immense resilience and creativity from public sector leaders.
We are delighted to have the opportunity to talk to Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government, at such a critical juncture. Looking back to January 2017 at Bronwen’s inaugural lecture in her new role, and after a snap General Election, we discuss what the key priorities are for the Institute and if these have changed; look more broadly at the key issues facing Government; and how political and social mood is developing in the UK and abroad.
In addition to Bronwen’s piece we also take a perspective on the challenges of leadership during a period of change in an article by Saxton Bampfylde’s Lisa James and Gareth Jones. We then look to the other side of the globe in an interview with Richard Besley from Australian Panorama partner Cordiner King.
Stephen is co-founder and Chairman of Saxton Bampfylde. He began his career working for IBM and Whitehall, where he spent nearly 10 years before moving into top level executive search. For 32 years he has been involved in the recruitment of executives to senior positions across all sectors. He helped establish the worldwide professional association AESC in Europe and was its international director for a number of years. Outside executive search, he has been involved with the advisory boards of the Business Schools at Cambridge and City Universities, is a Trustee of the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, and was Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School.