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Local government leadership – how diverse is it really?

July 8, 2019

How wide is the leadership gulf in the public sector? The Local Government Leadership report maps the gender and ethnocultural diversity of senior people in local authority organisations. Levels of ethno-cultural diversity are low. The position is better in terms of gender although it is still not good enough.


International Women’s Day 2017: Why are only 12% of council leaders women?

March 8, 2017 by Jennifer Glover

International Women’s Day is upon us, and what better time to reflect on our progress in local government? We look at how local government shapes up against other parts of politics and the wider professional sector. I’m a great believer in perspective. And when talking about gender equality, it’s often easy…


Achieving gender equality in local government

July 15, 2014

This briefing summarises recent research into sexism in local government and uses practical examples from the 2014 Times 50 Best Employers for Women to explore practical measures councils can take to encourage more women to become councillors and enter senior management.