19 September 2002
Purchasers with experience in change management should go for the top job in local government, according to the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace).
A study on the attitudes, backgrounds and contract conditions of chief executives, conducted jointly by Solace and the Local Government Chronicle, showed that none had a purchasing background. But it noted that chief executives come from a wider background than before.
A Solace spokesperson said the door was open for purchasers. "If they have the skills, particularly the softer people skills and change management experience, they should consider applying for a chief executive's job," she said.
The survey showed that law and finance still accounted for 40 per cent of chief executives' backgrounds, but many more were coming from areas such as social work, personnel and business management.
The survey also noted that women made up 14 per cent of chief executives, up one percentage point from five years ago.