FDA President Gareth Hills has been appointed to the editorial advisory board of the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network.
Each year, the paper’s dedicated section for public servants selects a range of leaders from its target audience to help provide expert insight and guidance on the issues covered. The 2018 board consists of nine leaders across the public sector, including representatives from central and local government, social care, emergency services and the voluntary sector.
Hills – a long-serving tax inspector at HM Revenue and Customs as well as President of the FDA – said he aims to provide the Public Leaders Network with “a ‘frontline’ view of public leadership”.
“2018 promises to be another challenging year for all public services and all public servants, and I hope to use this role to shape debates on public leadership in a way that helps all FDA members, whether on the frontline or closer to Whitehall,” he added.
Following the advisory board’s first meeting in February, Hills revealed that “one common theme quickly emerged – the real harsh and negative affect that austerity measures have had on public service, on public servants, and on the people we serve”.