LGiU staff

Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Chief Executive

Dr Jonathan Carr-West has been Chief Executive of the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) since February 2013 where he leads on all aspects of the think tank’s policy, membership and influencing work.

With over 15 years’ experience, Jonathan is a leading national expert on local government transformation, local democracy and public services. Some of his particular interests are in participative democracy, the evolving nature of public services and devolution. With extensive 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.

Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive, Jonathan was Director of Policy at the LGiU where he led on research and consultancy, policy development and piloting, best practice dissemination, learning and development.

Before joining the LGiU, he was Deputy Programme Director and Acting Head of Programme at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures) where he developed and managed projects across a range of issues including environmental policy, water and sanitation infrastructure, offender learning and rehabilitation, community cohesion, education, arts and drugs treatment. Contact Jonathan: jonathan.carr-west@lgiu.org.uk

Dr 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: andy.johnston@lgiu.org.uk

Alan 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: alan.waters@lgiu.org.uk

Andrew Walker

Policy Researcher

Andrew joined the LGiU in 2013. He previously worked with Shared Assets, a social enterprise set up to support community-based environmental management, and Research Republic, a public policy consultancy. He was also an intern with 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: andrew.walker@lgiu.org.uk

Barry O'Brien


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 administers the Local Government Flood Forum, which is also part of RainGain, a European funded project. Contact Barry: barry.obrien@lgiu.org.uk

Charlotte Maddix

Partnerships Development Officer

Charlotte is one of the LGiU Partnerships Team, working with Chris and Debra to engage and support our growing network of members. She also works on LGiU’s data management.

Before joining LGiU Charlotte was the Senior Development Manager within the Dods Parliamentary Communications bespoke training team, designing tailored events for central and local government, charities and the private sector. While there, she directed the 2013 Women into Leadership conference, attended by over 250 women from the UK public sector.

She studied Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London and interned briefly at CentreForum.She also worked for many years as an academic support worker with a number of universities in Bristol and London. Contact Charlotte: charlotte.maddix@lgiu.org.uk

Chris Naylor

Partnership Lead

Chris is on the LGiU Leadership Team, and heads up the Partnerships team with Charlotte and Debra, liaising with LGiU’s growing council and associate membership across the country and contributing to LGiU’s policy impact, having instigated LGiU’s new roles GM-wide and indeed Kent-wide (where he attends Kent Policy Officers Network and Kent Joint Chiefs’ meetings). Chris also liaises with private sector and other partners on collaborative projects.

Chris was Cabinet Member for Housing in LB Camden, and on the DCLG Parliamentary Committee at Westminster, as well as an active councillor for Camden Town and Primrose Hill (2006-2014). He has been on the board of the local BID, Camden Town Unlimited; a school governor; and closely involved in launching a Neighbourhood Forum and in other local planning issues.

Prior to joining LGiU, Chris was Director of Cultural Regeneration at City University; and before that Director of engage, working with DCMS, DfE and DCLG on action-research programmes, and Director of the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation, after co-founding the Almeida Theatre. Contact Chris: chris.naylor@lgiu.org.uk

Dan 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: dan.garfield@lgiu.org.uk

Debra 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: debra.stanislas@lgiu.org.uk

Hannah Blythe


Hannah graduated from Durham University in July 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, specialising in the history of mental health services. Hannah interned with the LGiU from September 2014 and has recently become a full time member of the External Affairs Team. She is responsible for organising LGiU events, providing media support and conducting research. Contact Hannah: hannah.blythe@lgiu.org.uk

Ingrid Koehler

Senior Policy Researcher

Ingrid’s interests are in governance and civic engagement and how these are reflected in local public services.  Her recent publications include Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the future of the home care workforce.

Before joining LGiU, she worked for the LGA/IDeA, the Audit Commission, the Local Government Ombudsman, the London Borough of Brent and FutureGov. She has a BSc in Geology and an MA in Economics and Public Finance from the University of Tennessee. Contact Ingrid: ingrid.koehler@lgiu.org.uk

Jane 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: jane.sankarayya@lgiu.org.uk

Janet 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: janet.sillett@lgiu.org.uk

Jen Pufky

External Affairs Manager

Jen shapes and promotes LGiU’s political debates, policy analysis and ideas and manages all media outputs. Prior to this role, Jen was Stakeholder Relations Manager at Age UK, where she managed the charity’s engagement with national decision-makers and influencers. As an Account Manager at Insight Public Affairs (2007-2010) she developed and implemented high profile public affairs and public relations campaigns for a variety of clients including national charities, major corporations, patient groups and trade associations. As Communications Manager at The White House Project she organised and led national and regional media trainings and press briefings across the country and, in 2006, launched SheSource.org, a national online database of women experts for journalists in the US that dramatically increased the number of women on the Sunday political talk shows.  In 2005, Jen was a Press Assistant for the London Labour Party during General Election campaign where she helped organizs press events and campaign visits for candidates, MPs, Cabinet members and the Prime Minister. Contact Jen: jen.pufky@lgiu.org.uk

John 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: john.fowler@lgiu.org.uk

Lauren Lucas

Head of Projects

Lauren leads the work of the projects team at the LGiU, which includes a broad programme of policy research and events.

Lauren’s work focuses on commissioning, housing, care and support, and cultural policy. Her publications include The State of Care in Counties, Strong Foundations: building better dialogue between tenants and landlords and Outcomes Matter: effective commissioning in domiciliary care.

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: lauren.lucas@lgiu.org.uk

Pat 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: pat.stevens@lgiu.org.uk

LGIU Briefing Associates

Alan Weaver

Alan Weaver has many years’ experience in local government consultancy, management, policy and scrutiny. He has also worked as a front line Environmental Health Officer in inner city environments. Alan currently works in policy and scrutiny at London Borough of Hounslow and has practical working knowledge of many local government service areas.

Andrea Davies

Andrea worked as Senior Policy Officer to the Mayor’s Cabinet Adviser on Environment and Sustainable Development in London, contributing to the London’s Energy and Waste Management Strategies. She now provides policy support to a lead assembly member on planning and sustainable development issues in a personal capacity. She has just completed a website design and content project with the Climate Disclosure Standards Board for outreach to the corporate sector.

As part of her post-graduate diploma programme in urban regeneration, she gained a placement at Bromley-by-Bow Health Centre in Tower Hamlets. With experience of successful partnerships between local government and social enterprises, she served on the Community Renewables Initiative Board for five years. She is a member of Co-operatives-UK, exploring the potential of cross-sector partnerships for local job creation, enduring regeneration and democratic renewal.

Chris Hayes

Chris is a local councillor in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames and is passionate about localism, big society, sport, and community empowerment.

Chris also works as a freelance project manager and policy analyst and is Director of Freedom Works UK, a social enterprise providing training and mentoring to employees and entrepreneurs. He has seven years’ experience in local government and his current interests include: sport and culture, health and wellbeing, localism, and education and leadership.

Christine Heron

Christine is a writer with a background in policy development and joint commissioning in adult social care and health. Most recently, she has worked in health partnerships, health scrutiny and the public health role of local authorities. Christine has a degree in Philosophy and an MA in Writing. Her books includeThe Relaxation Therapy Manual, Speechmark 1995 and Working with Carers, Jessica Kingsley 1998. Christine has written many resources for organisations including the LGA and CfPS with Fiona Campbell of Policy and Practice. Recent topics include guides to Health and Wellbeing Boards and to public health transition. For more information see: www.policyandpractice.co.uk.

David Marlow

David is an experienced chief executive and development economist. His 25 years in senior positions in public service both domestically and overseas culminated in eight years as chief executive – firstly of a large metropolitan local authority and, from 2003-08, of the East of England RDA. Following spells with a county council, a shire district and Birmingham City Council, he was one of the executive directors who took Southampton City Council unitary in 1997. As CEO of Doncaster MBC, he incepted the Elected Mayor model and achieved a favourable rating for the council at the first Comprehensive Performance Assessment in 2002.

He left EEDA in 2008 and established Third Life Economic, providing economic and organisation development assistance to a portfolio of over twenty clients including a number of local authorities, private and community sector clients, and, latterly, newly-established Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Fiona Campbell

Fiona specialises in health and public policy, and the role of local government in health. She was a founder Board member of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, a Commissioner on the board of the Healthcare Commission, is currently a member of the Independent NHS Reconfiguration Panel and the NICE public health selection panel and is Director of Policy and Practice (www.policyandpractice.co.uk). She was formerly Head of Scrutiny at the Greater London Authority and Co-ordinator of the Democratic Health Network. She has been a Non-Executive Director of a Primary Care Trust, a county councillor and a Director at the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Fiona has recently written, with Christine Heron, guides to Health and Wellbeing Boards and to public health transition for the Department of Health and the Local Government Group. She has also produced a gap analysis on funding of support for older people and carers to inform Comic Relief’s funding strategy. She has an MA in languages and a Ph.D in the Philosophy of Mind from the University of Cambridge.

Hilary Kitchin

Hilary has over twenty years’ experience in local government, initially as a senior policy lawyer in a London borough, subsequently as a policy advisor at LGiU and associate of INLOGOV. Her responsibilities have included major projects on local government futures, the implementation of the well-being power, and local authority communications. Now acting as an LGiU associate, Hilary writes on the introduction of new legislation, and briefs regularly on a range of topics including elections, standards, and equalities and human rights issues. She is a regular contributor to C’llr magazine.

Majeed Neky

Majeed is a local government policy professional who blogs at http://localismclub.wordpress.com. He holds an MA in Planning and Sustainability and has experience as a council officer, a local authority communications consultant at The Campaign Company and coordinating policy and research at Living Streets, the national charity that stands up for pedestrians. He has also stood as a council candidate in Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, where he co-founded local environmental group Transition Town Kingston in 2008 and where he serves as a governor at St Andrew’s and St Mark’s Junior School. He currently holds a role within the Strategy Unit at Westminster City Council. Contact Majeed: majeed@cantab.net / @majeedneky /http://uk.linkedin.com/in/majeedneky

Mark Upton

Mark is a freelance public policy and affairs consultant (www.publicpolicystrategies.co.uk) with more than 20 years’ experience in central government in strategy development, public policy and programme management. Mark has worked on high profile programmes such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and, as programme manager, the government’s local e-government programme. He has led policy portfolios on public service reform and on public-private partnerships as well as leading on significant projects in regeneration, housing, planning, public procurement, local government and the third sector. Ahead of the last General Election Mark advised the Board of a Whitehall department on the different political and policy scenarios and helped that Department prepare for a change of government.

Mark has been a member of a number of advisory panels for the Audit Commission and for various think tank reports and was a member of the Department of Health’s Ministerial Taskforce on Third Sector Health Commissioning. He was also the lead assessor for the 2009 Beacon Council Award for Strategic Commissioning. He regularly blogs on various sites including his own ‘The Policy Wonk’ blog – www.blog.publicpolicystrategies.co.uk.

Phil Adlard Tech IRRV, MInstLM, MCMI

Phil has amassed a wealth of experience in Local Government Revenues and Benefits since starting in the Rates Department of Coventry City Council in 1981. Phil’s career to date has seen him work in a variety of Local Authorities in the Midlands and Thames Valley. He is currently working as Revenues Manager for Northgate providing Revenues and Benefits Services to South Buckinghamshire DC.

A member of the Institute of Revenues Rating & Valuation, Phil has served on the National Council since 2008 and has been both Chair and Vice Chair of the Institute’s Benefits Faculty. This has resulted in Phil commenting on a number of consultation responses on welfare reform as well as writing articles for the IRRV Magazine “Insight”.

Rachel Salmon

Rachel is a writer and policy specialist with 20 years’ experience working in local government, the NHS and voluntary sector mainly in East London. Her current interests include gender and disability equality and managing rapid demographic change positively.
Rachel works as a Policy and Research Officer at a London local authority. She has published over 150 articles and written a number of screenplays, including one, Let Robeson Sing, about the friendship between African American singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson and the South Wales miners.
Contact: rachel.salmon@btopenworld.com / http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rachel-salmon/9/77b/62

Ruth Bradshaw

Ruth has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of policy research and influencing roles, the majority of which have focused on transport policy. She is now a freelance policy consultant and writer, specialising in transport and releated policy areas such as planning, public health and the environment. She also works part-time as the Policy and Research Manager for an environmental charity. Prior to that she worked for four years as Head of Infrastructure Policy for London Councils where she was responsible for influencing planning and transport policy in the capital on behalf of London’s boroughs.

Earlier roles include policy advice for the Countryside Agency and the Commission for Rural Communities and academic research as part of the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster.

Sheila Camp

Sheila has been a freelance housing consultant since 2000, currently specialising in policy analysis and strategic housing markets.  Prior to that, she worked as a senior policy officer for the London Housing Unit and the (then) National Federation of Housung Associations. She also has 5 years’ experience as a housing lecturer with the University of Westminster.

Steven Bland

Steven works as a Project Manager at ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, in Cape Town, South Africa. His responsibilities include delivering a major EU-funded project to help local authorities reduce their emissions as they grow. This involves developing local strategies and action plans which deliver both developmental and mitigation benefits, training municipal staff and analysing policy and strategy. His areas of expertise include local government and strategy and policy.

Steven graduated from Cambridge University (UK) in 2009 with a Starred 1st BA (Hons) in Geography, and has completed a Professional work-based Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, run by the leading Sustainable Development Charity Forum for the Future. Previously he worked as Congress and Project Officer at ICLEI in Bonn, Germany, and as a research assistant at the Cambridge University Geography Department.

Tom Lawrence

Tom is a freelance policy consultant with around 12 years experience of local government.  He specialises mostly in local government finance, having worked in this field at London Councils for five years.  He also has interests in community empowerment, social investment, local infrastructure, housing and service transformation.  He has represented London Councils on central-local government working groups on finance.

Tom’s previous jobs include working in democratic services at London Councils, as a political assistant at LB Lewisham, minuting tenant management organisation meetings and work as a tour guide. At University he studied theoretical physics to PhD level.