Consultation challenges for 2019

How the current environment affects the way we will engage with stakeholders

As we enter 2019, there are lots of worried people around. Parliamentarians scurrying about like headless poultry. Councillors wondering how they can balance the municipal books. Health Managers praying for a mild winter. Local Government officers desperately trying to deliver services with declining resources and Central Government civil servants probably looking for ferry operators who actually have a boat!

In such scenarios, it is tempting to imagine that public consultations are the least of people’s concerns. Hasn’t the entire hiatus been caused – in part at least – by asking the public? Or did we arrive at the present situation because our system allowed the development of a major disconnect between the political elite and those they are meant to represent? 


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About the Author

Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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