Professor Henry Maddick

Posted on Friday 7th March 2014

Professor Henry MaddickHenry Maddick, the founder of INLOGOV died at the age of 98 on the 27th of January, after a lifetime of achievement.

He was appointed in 1950 to a Lectureship in Public Administration in the University from which his career developed. His main academic interests lay in local government and development studies. He had a vision of a new Institute that could give strength to such studies, but also give practical help and support to those who worked in local government in this country and abroad.

It was a major achievement to turn that vision into reality with the creation of the Institute of Local Government Studies. Founded in 1964, it came to be known as INLOGOV with Professor Henry Maddick as Director. It was no easy task to undertake. To launch INLOGOV complex discussions and negotiations were held involving the University, local government, Local Government Associations, as well as Government Departments concerned with overseas development. He worked closely in these discussions with Dr Hedley Marshall, the distinguished Treasurer of Coventry City Council, who he had persuaded to become Associate Director of INLOGOV.

The first work undertaken by the Institute was the provision of courses for senior staff from local government in the developing world. The first work for local government in the United Kingdom was the research carried out for the Maud Committee on Management. In 1966, staff were appointed in INLOGOV to develop a ten week course in management for senior local government staff. This was launched in January of the next year with the full support of the Local Government Associations which had guaranteed the necessary finances for five years; a guarantee that was not called upon because of the success of the programme.

Henry Maddick always saw these initial activities as the starting point for other developments in which INLOGOV could build its contribution to local government. He encouraged a wide range of activities as a result of which INLOGOV grew in strength and recognition. Out of the early activities new activities developed, including a wider range of post-experience courses, undertaking degree work at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, a growing research programme, publications including the launch of journals; and importantly work with particular local authorities providing training, other forms of management development, advice and guidance on a range of issues. INLOGOV had realised Henry’s vision with his guidance, encouragement, help, advice and support – and it continues to go from strength to strength.

INLOGOV was his vision.  Henry will be remembered for that, as well as his academic achievements. He will also be remembered as a good friend, a person who was ready to help others and as an individual who was well-liked in both the University and beyond.