AVDC conference to tackle culture change head-on

26 Sep 2017

On 19 October, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) is bringing together culture change
experts and organisations to share experiences, advice and examples of how to successfully
transform your organisation. The Transforming Culture conference will have a focus on how
critical it is to engage and prepare your internal audience for significant cultural change.

AVDC embarked on their own change programme just over two years ago with a clear vision of
becoming an efficient, commercial organisation with the ability to generate income to support its
front-line services.

Andrew Grant, Chief Executive of AVDC commented: “Transforming the culture of an organisation
is not an easy task and, from our experience, we have found that the help and support of specialist
partners is paramount. We’ve put together this conference to share our experiences and to provide
access to a number of experts and other local authorities who will be telling their stories and
sharing experiences during the day.”

Joining Karen Jones, Commercial Culture Lead at AVDC, will be Kevin Green CEO of the
Recruitment and Employment Confederation who will provide the keynote address. Kevin will be
speaking about creating value for customers, the impending talent crisis and why leadership needs
to create purpose.

Other speakers include:

- Judy Benson, Head of People Management Lincolnshire Serco Strategic Partnership
- Katie Taylor and Ed Holt from the Agile Business Consortium
- Grace Clarke, Senior Consultant and Simon Oswin, Senior Principal at Korn Ferry Hay Group
- Annie Righton from Righton Associates, currently Interim Director at Eastleigh Borough Council

Councillor Janet Blake, Cabinet Member for Commercialisation and Business Transformation,
explains: “We recognised that with the revenue support grant consigned to the history books we
really are faced with a stark choice; make cuts to front-line services or change the way we operate.
There isn’t really a choice. We must all transform into modern, efficient change embracing organisations, a world away from the old council model.”

Janet will be part of the panel to discuss how to assess your transformational journey.

The conference will bring culture and change expertise from a variety of fields in one place,
making it an essential event for any organisation looking to be successful in their plans to change
the very nature of their business.

To find out more about AVDC’s Transforming Culture conference, visit

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