People on CLGdotTV speak Human

Busy, experienced people at the top of their game almost always accept invitations to appear on CLGdotTV, and its almost certainly because they don’t have to prepare slides but they do get time to say more than a headline.

We started CLGdotTV last year because the tech required to make and share quality webTV programmes and podcasts had become cheap and fast enough to provide a platform for people and organisations that have never been given the airtime they deserve in traditional broadcast media, particularly TV and radio.

The growing appetite for people – mature professionals and not just millennials – to consume content as video and podcasts (‘please don’t give me anything more to read…’) is fuelling the popularity of serious, long-form programmes (ie more than the three minutes once advised) on work-related topics.

People love to talk about what they do, and far from being ‘boring’ a lot of what goes on in local public services is absolutely riveting. Literally, all human life is there. Last week, we recorded a programme as part of our counter-fraud series with Cifas, in which we heard how a trusted member of staff committed a £2.1m fraud against Barnet Council and blew it all on his gambling habit.

It was a story that had the studio audience hanging on every word from Clair Green, Barnet’s Director of Assurance, as she told us what happened from when the first flag was raised in December 2017, through the investigation, prosecution and conviction, to the present day, as the Council completes measures to ensure this won’t happen again.

The conversational style of our programmes, usually involving a well-informed host and a couple of guests, means that people tend to speak Human – like they would in the pub – and not Powerpoint or Corporate Video or Webinar, which even the best communicators can lapse into when the occasion (or script) seems to require it.

This is turn means that when programmes are viewed, and they are viewed widely, thanks to the distribution opportunities available via social media, some really great networking takes place, as people feel confident to make contact, again using social media, with people with whom they can see they share a common agenda.

Transformation, ethics, fraud and HR – four new CLGdotTV programmes recording in London 17 July

Transformation and innovation in local government with Havering Council recording 12:00 noon. Paul Tonks in conversation with Susie Faulkner Assistant Director Transformation LB Havering. Havering Council’s transformation programme includes many components including use of artificial intelligence in transactional services; a behaviour change programme, procurement and supply chain management, systems thinking & process review and re-shaping social care.

Regulating for Responsible Technology 13:00 Catherine Miller Director of Policy at Doteveryone in conversation with Vicky Sargent about how their work with technologists, regulators, policymakers, consumer bodies, civil society groups, academics and ethicists led to ideas about how society can rethink regulation for the digital age, including the practical steps policymakers might take to achieve this.

Countering Fraud in the London Borough of Barnet 14:00 Rachael Tiffen, Director, Local Government at Cifas in conversation with Clair Green who is Assurance Director at LB Barnet. Clair’s responsibilities include the leadership of the Council’s Counter Fraud, Internal Audit and Assurance functions. Clair has considerable operational experience of both criminal, financial and civil investigations, audit and internal controls, she is also Barnet’s Whistleblowing and Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

HR and organisational development in innovative, creative public services 15:00 Leatham Green, PPMA Interim Executive Director, is founder of the Mindful HR Centre and a highly respected and a multiple award winning public sector HRD Director in conversation with Jenny O’Neill, Head of Organisational Development and Learning at Buckinghamshire County Council, who is also PPMA lead on the future workforce.

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Health & Social Care: Building a West Midlands Workforce Alliance



We were up in Birmingham on Friday at the University of Birmingham recording a couple of programmes for West Midlands ADASS.

Regional representatives of health and social care organisations have formed the West Midlands Workforce Alliance. The idea is to encourage and enable a more joined up approach to tackling the challenges of:

  • Recruiting and retaining the growing number of frontline staff needed to care for an ageing population
  • Supporting the sort of leadership that is needed within two interdependent sectors (health and social care) that share goals and need to work in partnership but are very differently organised, managed and governed
  • Getting the best from digital systems deployed for the management and delivery of care, and also for self-care by people being cared for

A roundtable meeting to discuss issues and plan future action was hosted by Birmingham University on 5th July 2019. There were three key topics under discussion:

  • Data
  • Digital
  • Leadership

People & organisations attending:

Brendan Clifford, Wolverhampton  Council
Catherine Nolan, WMADASS        
Denise Vittorino, NHS Confederation                                         
Elaine Carolan, Worcestershire County Council                                           
James Drewry, Skills for Care                              
Joanne McCormack, NICE                                                    
Jon Glasby, Birmingham University                                
Lynn Turner, Health Education England                                                                
Lynne Bowers, WMADASS                                                    
Marc Greenwood, Coventry City Council                                                
Patricia M Daley, Birmingham City Council                                      
Pete Jackson, WMADASS                                                     
Renny Wodynska, Skills for Care                                        
Richard James, Shropshire Council                                                     
Robin Miller, University of Birmingham                            
Tony Davis, WMAHSN                  
Sherman Wong, WMADASS

Leadership, chatbots, fraud and nurturing talent. Four new programmes for public sector leaders free to view now on CLGdotTV

Leaders & Leadership programme 3– Leadership in a digital age. Steve Cliff has the questions and Matt Prosser CEO Dorset Council quite a few of the answers.

Free Thinking programme programme 2 – Chatbots. Paul Tonks calls up Emma Jackson of Monmouthshire County Council and Paul Shepherd of We Build Bots and demands an explanation.

Counter Measures programme 3 – Council Fraud. Rachael Tiffen of CIFAS forces the truth from Paul Bradley leader of the Durham counter fraud team responsible for recovering £4.5 million in five years

The Future of Work programme 4 – Nurturing talent in the public sector. Leatham Green, Executive Director of the Public Services People Managers’ Association (PPMA) seeks gainful employment with Fiona McAdoo Associate Director of Organisational Development at LB Camden

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Feet of clay

The Schumpeter column in The Economist, a newspaper, yesterday reported that

One of the most widely quoted statistics of recent years….. that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation by the mid-2030s

taken from a research paper published in 2013 by two Oxford academics, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne has been widely misunderstood and/or misquoted .

Schumpeter reports that,

after crunching the numbers, the model concluded that occupations accounting for 47% of current American jobs (including those in office administration, sales and various service industries) fell into the “high risk” category. But, the paper goes on, this simply means that, compared with other professions, they are the most vulnerable to automation. “We make no attempt to estimate how many jobs will actually be automated,” the authors write.

I came across this piece of research in 2013 in the pages of – wait for it – The Economist. What the Economist reported in 2013 was that Osborne and Frey had shown that 47% of all categories of jobs would disappear over a couple of decades. This clearly allows for the possibility that the actual number of jobs that would cease to exist might be much more or much less than 47% of the total number of jobs currently available.

In the 1960s my maths teacher, Mr Garland, tutored me to successfully fail maths “O” Level three times. Once a week he would test us on 20 basic maths questions then give us the answers and allow us to mark our own tests. On one occasion when my answers did not match his I raised my hand and said

“Sir…I’ve got…..” but he interrupted me saying

“I don’t care what you’ve got Tibbetts it’s wrong”

Little wonder you might say that I gave up trying and settled for failure.

I am not sure that Osborne and Frey know what they are talking about but I am sure that lots of experts commenting on their findings don’t know what they are talking about. And I am sure that the results of machines taking over our work will be a mixed blessing improving many lives and degrading or destroying many others and I am absolutely certain that it doesn’t matter what answer the Economist has got, it’s wrong.

Future of Work 4

Leatham Green of PPMA and Fiona McAdoo of LB Camden

Finding, nurturing and keeping “talent” in the public sector

Leatham Green, Executive Director of the Public Services People Manager’s Association (PPMA) in conversation with Fiona McAdoo Associate Director of Organisational Development at London Borough of Camden discussing how you find, nurture and keep “talent” in the public sector.

Careers in HR & OD in the public sector can be challenging and rewarding. Persuading graduate recruits that this is the case is not easy. Fiona McAdoo has a wealth of experience and a passion for her job that has surprised even her. Leatham Green has years of experience in both the HR front line and in the PPMA the public sector professional HR association.

Podcast sponsored by HammondClarke Recruitment

Reserve your free seat in the studio audience this month

Four shows recording 12 June at 58VE

58 VE – three minutes walk from London Blackfriars Station
  • Counter Measures No1 – Collaborating to get fraud onto the top table
  • Circular Economy Show No4 – Circular Cities Week
  • Leaders and Leadership No2 – Leadership in a digital age
  • The Future of Work No4 – How to support emerging talent in the public sector

The Sharing Economy

The Circular Economy Show No3

Dr David Greenfield host of The Circular Economy Show and founder of SOENECS asks Cat Fletcher, head of media and a founder of Freegle and Adam Woodhall, spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion to discuss how sharing can deliver a less resource-greedy world.

it’s not trash until you trash it

A safe place for whistleblowers

The Future of Work No3

are we culturally conditioned to despise whistleblowers?

A great deal has changed in the whistleblowing arena in the last few years. The frequency of whistleblowing, the ways in which it happens and our attitudes towards whistleblowers have all changed and are still changing. Richard Vize is a journalist with a longstanding interest in local government and the public sector. Richard is also a trustee of Protect a legal charity focused on whistleblowing. Kushi Gugral is a senior executive working at Protect and Georgina Charlton is a freedom to speak-up guardian at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Joe Tibbetts asks the questions and does the arithmetic. The journey, it seems, is far from over.