A regime of individual accountability for the construction sector

Summary Dame Hackitt’s report on Review of Building Regulations and Safety presented to the Parliament in May 2018 by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government highlighted that there is ambiguity over where responsibility lies, exacerbated by a level of fragmentation within the industry, and precluding robust ownership of accountability. Similar issues […]

Mental health crisis and Secular Mindfulness

Summary Suicide is now the leading cause of death in British men under 40, and depression is rising among women. Adult mental health problems are experienced by 1 in 6 people at some stage during their lives in the UK. In January 2017, the Prime Minister (PM) pledged to strip away the stigma associated with […]

Black Swans and Brexit – Managing the Unknown-Unknown

Atula Abeysekera …there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is [in this] category that tend to be the difficult ones.” (Donald Rumsfeld, 2002) Sometimes, from seemingly harmless causes come harmful effects. When those […]

Civilising our servants

The Civil Service reform plan, launched in 2012 by the last government, said that Civil Service leaders should demonstrate three qualities for the effective delivery of government policy. Civil servant should be inspiring about their work and futures; confident in their engagement with others; and able to empower their teams to deliver. In a fast-changing, […]

My Next Generation

In a fast changing political and digital world where there are high operational and political risks, different leadership qualities are needed from millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) in order to create the next generation of leaders. We believe that there are three skill attributes that are needed for the next generation: 1.To innovate […]

MIND THE GAP: FUNDING FOR UK’S FLOOD DEFENCES

This is our second paper on flood defences in the UK. The first paper published on 2nd of May 2016 focused on risk management and this paper discusses methods of funding for flood defences. The 2015/16 winter flooding cost the UK £2bn, of which £1.4bn was paid by insurers. The Government has committed to spending […]

NEDS still needed – with important reforms

The government’s non-executive directors (NED) started in 2005 with an emphasis made by the coalition government in 2010 to attract experts with commercial experience largely drawn from the private sector. Now in its 10th year, the initiative is explored in the government Lead Non-Executive’s Annual Report. Our opinion is that good progress has been achieved […]

Disruptive innovation in Government – A Case for i-county council

The Conservative Party election manifesto mentioned promotion and funding in innovation strategy in five areas: 1) Motor industry in the Midlands; 2) Ari-tech and high tech industry in the east of England; 3) Britain as a technological innovation hub; 4) Healthcare life science industry; and 5) Policing innovation to transform public relations using technology. The […]