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Jonathan-Carr-WestDr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive: Jonathan leads on all aspects of the LGiU’s policy, membership and influencing work.

Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Jonathan was Director of Policy leading LGiU’s research and consultancy, policy development and piloting, best practice dissemination, learning and development and media comment and lobbying.

Some of Jonathan’s particular interests are in participative democracy, the evolving nature of public services and behaviour change.

Before joining the LGiU Jonathan was Deputy Programme Director and Acting Head of Programme at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures). At the RSA Jonathan developed and managed more than a dozen major action research projects in areas including personal carbon trading, water and sanitation provision in the developing world and the economics of migration.

Jonathan is a leading national thinker on local government transformation, local democracy and public services with a substantial media profile and sector credibility. He has published on topics as diverse as localism and public service transformation, cognitive and behavioural science, and the politics of cultural memory. Contact Jonathan:


Andy-JohnstonDr Andy Johnston; Chief Operating Officer: Andy is the Chief Operating Officer of the LGiU and the CEO of Local Energy, a social enterprise of the LGiU. He is responsible for the finance, HR and support for the membership of the LGiU. He leads on local sustainability and is currently running programmes on the green deal, ECO, the CRC energy efficiency scheme and adaptation to climate change, including an EU Interreg NWE project called Raingain which looks at flooding across the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

In the past he has led programmes on sustainability in higher education for Forum for the Future and the OECD. He ran the groundbreaking Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development and was a lecturer in Business for Sustainable Development at the University of Hertfordshire. For eight years he was a councillor, chairing planning, highways and waste committees. Contact Andy:


Alan-WatersAlan Waters, Learning and Development Manager: Alan has extensive experience of delivering training and development programmes for councillors on a wide range of topics including: community leadership; local government finance; partnership working; service delivery models; scrutiny and the impact of ‘Localism’ and the Localism Act on the role of elected members.

Alan has been an elected member of Norwich City Council for over 20 years holding a number of senior positions. He is currently deputy leader and portfolio holder for resources. Alan has been an IDeA/LGA member peer for over 10 years and is a graduate of the IDeA/LGA Leadership Academy. He is also a member of the editorial board of Local Economy, based at South Bank University.

Before joining the LGiU Alan worked for 25 years in comprehensive schools in England and Australia. He continues his involvement in secondary education as an Associate Tutor, for the School of Education and Life Long Learning at the University of East Anglia. Contact Alan:


Andrew-WalkerAndrew Walker, Policy Researcher: Andrew runs policy research for LGiU, covering participative democracy, community engagement, housing, commissioning, and public service reform.

Andrew’s recent work for LGiU includes Public Houses, an investigation in how local authorities can protect community pubs, Strong Foundations, which looks at the changing relationship between social landlords and their tenants, and House Proud, an analysis of local authority involvement with the Private Rented Sector.  He also supports LGiU’s work with the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy, a programme which aims to support change and innovation in the public sector.

Andrew previously worked at Shared Assets, a social enterprise set up to support community-based environmental management, and Research Republic, a public policy consultancy. He also had roles at the Criminal Justice Alliance and the Prison Reform Trust, where he carried out research on local justice and effective community sentencing.

He studied politics at the University of Leeds and has an MA in the History of Political Thought from Queen Mary, University of London. Contact Andrew:


Barry-O'BrienBarry O’Brien, Administrator: Barry’s role provides support for a range of areas in the LGiU including: ICT; events and learning and development; and LGiU associate membership. In addition Barry administers the Local Government Flood Forum, which is also part of RainGain, a European funded project. Contact Barry:




Chris-NaylorChris Naylor, Partnerships Lead: Chris’s Partnerships role includes LGiU’s growing council and associate membership, and liaison with private sector and other partners on collaborative projects.

Chris is also an active local councillor in Camden, with a background in housing and planning, and an observer on the DCLG Parliamentary Committee. He is on the board of the local BID, Camden Town Unlimited, a primary school governor, and currently helping launch a new Neighbourhood Forum. In addition Chris is a Trustee of London’s new National Postal Museum and of the Campaign for National Parks.

Prior to joining LGiU, Chris was Director of Cultural Regeneration at City University, leading a £3m ESF project on cultural employment. Before that he was Director of engage, working with DCMS, DfE and DCLG on action-research programmes developing cultural access. Previous roles include Director of the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, and Co-founder of the Almeida Theatre. Contact Chris:


Dan-GarfieldDan Garfield, Head of External Affairs: Dan is responsible for LGiU’s external affairs programme. Dan joined the LGiU in September 2008 and his previous experience includes working as a political consultant for Connect Public Affairs. He has worked on public affairs campaigns for a number of clients including housing associations, trade unions, and membership groups.

Dan is a councillor in the London Borough of Southwark, elected in 2010 and sits on the board of local regeneration charity the Creation Trust. Contact Dan:


Debra-StanislasDebra Stanislas, Office Manager:  Debra’s areas of responsibility include HR, Health and Safety, membership support – including governance of the Executive Board and Members’ Assembly – and premises management.

Debra holds various management qualifications and is a member of the Institute of Administrative Managers (IAM). Contact Debra:





Jane-SankarayyaJane Sankarayya, Communications Manager: Jane manages the design and production of the LGiU’s publications and other printed material; she is Deputy Editor of the LGiU’s bi-monthly C’llr magazine and looks after the website. In addition Jane is part of the team that delivers LGiU’s seminar programme and she provides support to the Learning and Development Manager.

Before joining the LGiU Jane worked in commercial and business to business publishing on education, voluntary sector and business regulation titles and was previously a crime fiction buyer. Contact Jane:



Janet-SillettJanet Sillett, Briefings Manager: Janet commissions, edits and writes briefings. She has worked at the LGiU since 1996 and has previously led on health and social care, housing and local government finance.

She has been a speaker at many national conferences, has written extensively for sector journals and the national press and also written a wide variety of publications for the LGiU, including reports sponsored by the Department of Health, the Local Government APPG, and SCIE. Janet has worked in local government throughout her career. Contact Janet:



John-FowlerJohn Fowler, Policy Manager: John writes and commissions the LGiU’s education and children’s services briefings and manages the LGiU’s Children’s Services Network.

He has nearly 30 years experience in local government in management, performance and policy roles for seven local authorities in London and the south east. He was deputy head of education, culture and tourism at the Local Government Association from 1997 to 2002.

In recent years John has written for the LGC, Croner’s Education Now, School Leadership, Education Law Journal, Governors’ News, Governor’s Briefings, NFER’s ER Matters and the Education Journal. He has been the main author or a contributor for several books on various Acts of Parliament affecting education and children’s services. Contact John:


Lauren-LucasLauren Lucas, Head of Projects: Lauren focuses on commissioning, housing, care and support, and cultural policy. Her recent publications include Outcomes Matter: effective commissioning in domiciliary care, and A Good Death: the role of the local authority in end of life care. She supports the LGiU’s work on the Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy, runs the adult social care ‘Thought Leader’ network, and is leading the LGiU’s research on welfare reform.

Before joining the LGiU, Lauren worked in local government, where (among other things) she set up a local history museum, coordinated a London 2012 programme, worked on Building Schools for the Future and acted as an equalities champion. She has a Masters in Cultural Policy from Warwick University and a postgraduate diploma in Local Government Management from Warwick Business School. Contact Lauren:



Pat-StevensPat Stevens, Chief Finance Officer: Pat is responsible for ensuring financial transactions are processed promptly and efficiently. She deals with any queries regarding purchase invoices or sales invoices. Contact Pat:






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