Staffordshire Academy launches

Last Thursday, we had the launch of the Staffordshire Academy here at Staffordshire Place.  The event brought together 26 strategic leaders from across the public sector in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent  to collaborate, think creatively and explore new solutions to the issues facing Staffordshire.  I am on the Academy along with Darryl Eyers (Deputy Director Place) and Andrew Donaldson (Strategic Policy and Partnerships Manager) from the County Council, and we are joined by a mix of chair people, chief executives, and senior officers from a range of key partners such as the Police, Fire, other Councils, NHS, Voluntary Sector and so on.

The Academy is being sponsored by the Cabinet Office and we were privileged to have The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, the Minister for the Cabinet Office, to come along and open it.  I am really thrilled that we have been able to get the Academy off the ground.  This puts us right at the forefront of the work in the UK, which is also leading the rest of the world in reimagining how public services might be organised in the future. I’ve got high hopes that it can make a real difference in and for Staffordshire.

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