Jo Miller Chief Executive, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Member since 2004
"To be honest, I didn’t really think Solace was for me until quite late in my career! I was a Deputy Director and then Director in local government, but none of my bosses had ever particularly encouraged me to consider membership. So it wasn’t until I was Deputy Chief Executive of the LGA that I attended my first Summit. That was an eye-opener: I looked around the room, saw who was there, spoke to people like Jo Killian, and thought ‘this is for me’.
Canny leaders should be actively urging their aspiring leaders to join. You want your best talent to acquire experience from beyond your borders, without actually losing them to another role; so membership of Solace is the perfect way to develop both the playbook of your strongest people, and the resilience of your organisation.
The job’s always been hard, and it’s getting harder, so the support and resources Solace offers isn’t a luxury: it’s essential. When the going gets tough, you’ve always got someone by your side. Personally and professionally I couldn’t be without Solace – and I wouldn’t want my best talent to be without it either."