INLOGOV celebrates 45th Anniversary with lecture from Sir Michael Lyons

On Wednesday 23rd November, the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) celebrated its 45th Anniversary with a lecture delivered by former Chairman of the BBC Trust (and also former Director of INLOGOV) Sir Michael Lyons. 

Sir Michael Lyons and Martin WillisThose present at the event, which took place at the University’s own Barber Institute, included current staff and students, INLOGOV alumni, and five former INLOGOV Directors (Sir Michael, Professor John Stewart, Ken Spencer, Michael Hughes and Martin Willis).  

Sir Michael spoke for twenty minutes on the subject of leadership in the public sector, commenting that ‘eroding confidence in public sector leadership has the potential to damage the UK’s economic recovery’.

Sir Michael LyonsSir Michael added that ‘‘It’s very noticeable that Germany, the country doing best at surviving the current Eurozone crisis, has a system where public and private work together in a much more fruitful way than they currently do here, even in the sphere of banking.”

Sir Michael’s speech was then followed by a lively debate amongst a panel comprising Baroness Onora O’Neill, Derek Myers (Chief Executive of Kensington & Chelsea RLBC), Sir Michael and  Catherine Staite (current Director of INLOGOV). The panel was chaired by Professor Edward Peck (Head of the College of Social Sciences).

unnamed Sir Michael’s speech and the outcome of the panel debate will be released as part of INLOGOV’s Briefing Papers series.

After the event, Catherine Staite commented that ‘Sir Michael’s lecture was thought provoking and inspirational.  The panel offered some useful insights on the key attributes needed by public sector managers.  These included trustworthiness, honesty, competence, vision, humility and resilience’.

The event rounded off a busy couple of months for INLOGOV. After attending the SOLACE Summit in Edinburgh in October, INLOGOV then played host in November to the DCLG’s first conference on the recently passed Localism Act, an event which attracted over 80 people from across Local Government.