Professor Catherine Staite

Professor Catherine Staite

Institute of Local Government Studies
Director for Public Sector Reform

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Institute of Local Government Studies
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Catherine Staite teaches leadership, people management, collaborative strategy and strategic commissioning to Masters’ level.  Her research interests include Combined Authorities, collaboration between local authorities and the skills and capacities which elected members will need to meet the challenges of the future.

Catherine leads and coordinates INLOGOV’s collaboration with a wide range of organisations, including the Local Government Association  and the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives as well as universities in the USA, Europe, Australia and China. Her role is to help support creative thinking, innovation and improvement in local government and the wider public sector.

In 2015/16 Professor Staite acted as the Research Facilitator for Local Government for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), supporting closer working relationships between academic institutions and local government and better use of evidence in decision making.  Further information can be found at

Catherine has been named as one of the top 100 most influential people in local government by the Local Government Chronicle.


  • 2009: ILM Level 7 Diploma in leadership mentoring and executive coaching
  • 1997: University of Leeds, MBA
  • 1976: London School of Economics, LLB


Catherine joined INLOGOV in 2010 from the Office for Public Management (OPM), where she was Director of Organisational Development and Policy and led a number of major research projects. Previous roles include Head of User Focus and Deputy Head of Policy for the Audit Commission, where she was responsible for national research projects and leading internal change and Regional Partnerships and Planning Manager for the Legal Services Commission, where she delivered needs-based strategies for civil legal aid. Catherine led North Humberside MIND from 1990 to 1996.

Previous non-executive roles include non-executive director of Rampton Hospital, where she was responsible for review of patients’ continued detention, Vice Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and member of the Board of Visitors at HMP Hull, with particular responsibility for oversight of the prison hospital and welfare of mentally disordered offenders.


Masters In Public Administration (MPA (on-line)

  • Leadership
  • Programme Management

MSc in Public Management (on-campus, full and part-time)

  • Leadership in Public Services
  • Strategic Commissioning
  • Regulation and Finance
  • Participation and Democracy


Research interests

  • Devolution and Combined Authorities
  • Partnerships, collaboration and integration in local government
  • Organisational development
  • Stakeholder engagement

Current projects

Royal Borough of Kinston on Thames: The Future Council – supporting transformation of both member and officer roles through the application of evidence about how councils need to adapt to meet changing demands with reducing resources.

Babergh and Mid-Suffolk Councils: Learning from the Experience of Collaboration and Integration  – a research project focussing on an innovative and sustainable approach to collaboration and integration between councils.

Other activities

  • Commissioned research
  • Consultancy
  • Facilitation
  • Coaching and mentoring


Hull City Council: The Independent Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Local Government in Hull and the East Ridinga study of the structural, systemic and behavioural drivers of and barriers to growth in the East Yorkshire area. The project includes interviews with MPs, a major public engagement exercise and an analysis of the financial futures of Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Districts Councils’ Network: New Ways of Working – a review of the learning from innovation in the leadership and delivery of local public services, exploring how strategic ambitions to collaborate and to integrate local authorities have been implemented in practice.

Staite, C. & Loeffler E., (2015)‘Managing people and organisations’ in Bovaird and Loffler (eds) Public Management and Governance

Grant Thornton: 2020 Vision for Local Government – a study of the political and financial outlook for English local government over the next five years.  Goodwin D., Staite C.E. and Watt P. Local Government: 2020 Vision (2014) Grant Thornton  Grant Thornton - 2020 vision

A New Model of Public Services

Staite C.E. (2013) Making the Weather: Joseph Chamberlain’s Vision for Birmingham in Parker S. & Manning J. (Eds) The History Boys NLGN: London

Staite C.E. (2012) Localism, co-production and healthier communities in T. Bovaird  and E. Loeffler (Eds)  Making Health and Social Care  Personal and Local London: LGIU and Governance International (hard copy available)

2013 Birmingham City Council: Peer Review of Partnership Working in Children’s Services


Local government; integration of health and social care; local partnerships; efficiency; shared services and joint management in local government

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Local government; integration of health and social care; local partnerships; efficiency; shared services and joint management in local government

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