As Director of Public Service Reform, Professor Catherine Staite leads the University’s work supporting the transformation and reform of public services, with a particular focus on the West Midlands. Her role is to help support creative thinking, innovation and improvement in local government and the wider public sector.
As a member of INLOGOV, Catherine leads our on-line and blended programmes, Catherine 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 helps to support 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. 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 www.lgkn.org
Catherine was named by the Local Government Chronicle, in 2015 and 2016 as one of the top 100 most influential people in local government.