Leadership excellence winner: Carl Haggerty…

Exeter Consortium Managment Board member and local School Governor, Carl Haggerty, wins the 2013 ‘Leadership Excellence’ award.

Carl Haggerty

Report from the Guardian newspaper on 13th November 2013:

“The Leadership Excellence award goes to Haggerty for his energy and openness in building on his belief that local government should be both open and digital, and for his work in a part of the country – rural south-west England – not always renowned for its innovation. Haggerty has been in his present post since July 2011, and is responsible for developing ways to engage and involve local people and encourage greater democratic and community participation.

“It’s great to get a spotlight down here, because we tend to keep quite quiet and get on with things,” he comments. “It’s great to get recognition in challenging times.”

Digital presence

True to his beliefs, Haggerty is active online, through his blog and through social media. Writing about the awards, Haggerty said he hoped it would encourage more people to “share their thinking… and be open to challenge and constructive feedback. Not to win an award, but to connect to a wider group of people who can and do help you.”

At a time when local government is racked by uncertainty and budget cuts, it is leaders like Haggerty who will be providing public services in a different, more open, digital way.

Haggerty, who also chairs the LocalGov Digital steering group, is proud to be part of a local government team. He says that he does “only what I’m paid to do”, but this thoughtful man goes on to acknowledge that individual leadership matters. “People have said to me don’t go all weird and say ‘this isn’t about me’. This is clearly about what I am doing.”

The award has made Haggerty think about the type of leadership he demonstrated to justify being nominated. In his blog, he thanks many of the people whose ideas he has used to develop local programmes, such as an innovation month. “I’ve managed to nudge some things forward, to help other people, to inspire other people and to be open about all those types of things,” he says. “I’ve not got the answers and I know other people don’t either, but together we can find a way through.”

 

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