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CEO of Hackney Council gives insights on local government to Candi students

24 November 2011

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hackney Borough Council, Tim Shields, recently visited City and Islington College’s Centre for Health, Social and Child Care to talk to students on the Foundation Degree in Public Service Management about the roles and responsibilities of local Government.

Hackney Council CEO

Mr Shields gave an insightful talk to the students about a number of aspects of local government service delivery including; the professional relationship between the CEO of a council and local politicians; the differences in role of a ‘Leader of the Council’ and an elected ‘Mayor’; councils’ relationship with Central Government departments, and the impact of the current economic climate on service delivery.

When asked if he thought it was important that the public knows more about the services local councils deliver, Mr Shields stated that he thought it was vital that the general public had a better understanding of the wide range of services that local authorities deliver and how budgets and the interaction with Central Government can make a real difference to people’s lives at a local level.

Mel Brookstone, Lecturer in Social Work/Health Care at City and Islington College commented, “It was a real pleasure to welcome Tim Shields to the College so our students could hear first-hand the challenges of management in the public sector.”

City and Islington College’s Foundation Degree in Public Service Management, which is delivered in conjunction with City University, London, is a vocationally oriented higher education qualification, intended to meet a perceived future skills shortage. The programme seeks to promote learning opportunities in the workplace and thereby contribute to the improved performance of the individual employee and the employers’ organisations.