Anna Randle

Chief Executive
Collaborate CIC

Anna Randle is an expert in systems change and the design of collaborative public services. As Chief Executive of Collaborate CIC, Anna leads Collaborate CIC’s work with places across the country to build collaborative approaches to social change and designs and facilitates system leadership programmes to support people who are leading change in complex environments.

Anna is a lead facilitator on the SOLACE/Collaborate Ignite programme, a system leadership offer for local authority Chief Executives, and was co-facilitator on the Active Essex collaborative leadership programme through 2019-20. Anna edited Keeping it Personal, an essay collection of system leadership authored by local government chief executives and published by Collaborate and Solace.

Anna oversees Collaborate’s work with a wide range of partners, including civil society and social funders as well as public services. This includes working with local partnerships to develop new place-based strategies and collaborative approaches to public services, convening actors from different sectors to build new coalitions for change, and supporting accompanying changes in practice and culture in organisations, services and places. In the past year Anna has led long-term strategic work in Cambridgeshire, Hounslow and Gateshead.

Collaborate, Anna spent four years as Director of Policy for the London Borough of Lambeth, where she helped lead strategy and innovation focused on shifting Lambeth’s operating model towards new models of collaborative public services. Anna has also worked in think tanks and as a Special Advisor in two central government departments.

Anna is a regular writer on the future of local public services, including the Collaborative Society Manifesto in 2020 and Collaborate’s recent Covid19 blog series.

Anna serves on Collaborate’s board.

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