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. He is also currently Chair of the National Flood Forum.

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


Andrew Walker

Policy Researcher

Andrew joined 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 community-based sentencing and probation reform.

As part of a collaboration between LGiU and Queen Mary, University of London, Andrew is also writing up a PhD on governance and power following devolution in the Greater Manchester City-Region.

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

Learning & Development Co-ordinator

Barry co-ordinates the LGiU’s learning and development seminar programme as well as supporting the Learning & Development Manager.  In addition, he administers the Local Government Flood Forum and ICT for the organisation. 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


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 Muirhead

International Partnerships Officer

Hannah graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Politics & International Relations, and went on to do a MSc in Public Policy & Human Development at the United Nations University in Maastricht, specialising in Regional Integration and Multilevel Governance. She previously worked at the Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic in Chicago working on research for the integration of health systems in cross-border water-based communities around Lake Tanganyika. She also interned at policy think tank Reform Scotland.

Hannah supports our members and engages with partners and stakeholders in our Scottish and Irish branches.


Ingrid Koehler

Senior Policy Researcher

Ingrid’s interests are in governance and civic engagement and how these are reflected in local public services and the better collection and use of information in social care.  Her recent publications include Paying for it: The Human Cost of Cut Price Care,  Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the future of the home care workforce,  Care and Continuity: Contingency Planning for Provider Failure, and Achieving Outcomes Based Commissioning in Home Care.

Recent projects include developing a social care app and supporting open data and transparency in local elections.

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

Head of Briefings

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 a variety of high profile public affairs and public relations campaigns. As Communications Manager at The White House Project she organised and led national / 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 organise press events and campaign visits. In 2008, she received an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. Contact Jen: jen.pufky@lgiu.org.uk


Jennifer Glover

Policy researcher

Jennifer is a Policy Researcher at the Local Government Information Unit, a membership body for councils and a think tank promoting local democracy. She specialises in local government finance policy, but is also involved with democracy, community engagement and digital work.
She studied BA Human Geography at University of Leeds, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Public Policy at Birkbeck.
She joined from Beauhurst, a research firm focussing on start-up investment and venture capital, where she worked as a Research Analyst and then set up the Marketing team.

Contact Jennifer: jennifer.glover@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


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