Chief Executive Panel Discussion


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I was invited to be a guest on keynote panel talking about the future of work and how agile and flexible working is shaking things up in the public sector. It’s a hot topic, and for good reason!

These are some of my key take-aways from the points made on the day.

First off, organisations are in a bit of a pickle. They’ve got to figure out how to keep their employees happy while still getting the job done, especially when everyone’s fighting for top talent. The secret sauce? Having a solid Employee Value Proposition (EVP) and Workforce Value Proposition (WVP). Basically, the EVP is all about the cool perks and opportunities you get from working somewhere, and the WVP is about making the office a place people actually want to be.

As the public sector continues to evolve, the WME L&OD team is committed to supporting our
members thrive in this dynamic environment. The roadshow has been a resounding success, with
fascinating conversations ranging from how artificial intelligence is impacting our sector and how it
will evolve, to squiggly careers and the death of traditional job descriptions igniting a renewed
sense of excitement about the future of public service.

Everyone has expressed their appreciation for the thought-provoking content and the opportunity to engage in candid dialogue. It’s been reassuring to hear that we are all thinking very similar things and that none of us are experts. Still, everyone sees the opportunity to collaborate – to ‘stay and play’ – and to share success and setbacks across our region.

There’s been no shortage of ambition in the West Midlands, and by embracing the winds of change and constructing metaphorical windmills, we can harness the energy of transformation and pave the way for a more resilient, innovative, and impactful public sector.

If you didn’t get the chance to be a part of the roadshows, you’re still very welcome to invite Michelle and Matthew. All we need is about 90 minutes of your time and a room. The rest you can leave to them.

We are always keen on your views, please email our team at with any suggestions or feedback.

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