11 July, 2002

Independent think-tank NLGN has today announced that its new Executive Director will be Dan Corry, a former Treasury economist, Senior Economist at ippr and ministerial special advisor at DTLR and DTI.

Mr. Corry is joining NLGN after a lengthy recruitment process undertaken by Veredus (formerly the recruiting arm of PwC). He will take up post in mid-September.

Commenting on his acceptance of the post, Mr. Corry today said:

“I look forward to the broad range of challenges that this position offers. NLGN has a crucial role to play as a radical, cutting-edge think-tank and I want us to play a pivotal role in the vital debate about ‘new localism’ in which both the government and opposition are now engaged.”

On NLGN and his vision for the future of the organisation, Mr. Corry said:

“Contrary to what some may think, there is more to NLGN than the promotion of elected mayors. This is evident in recently published work on schools, the call for a new public service ethos, and the ‘knowledge exchange’ programme involving the leading local authorities that make up NLGN’s Innovation Forum. While keeping our radical edge, I hope to broaden NLGN’s appeal both within and beyond the local government world – reaching into new audiences.”

On his move from having been a ministerial special advisor to heading up a think-tank, he said:

“Having spent the last five years as a policy adviser in Government, I’m excited by the prospect of running a radical think-tank working in an area central to people’s lives. NLGN has a vibrant core around which I intend to develop a capacity for rigorous research and policy debate”.

NLGN also announced that it has further strengthened its team by creating a new position of Head of Research – a role that will be taken by Warren Hatter, currently Deputy Head of the Local Government Research Unit at MORI. Mr. Hatter, who has worked for MORI for eleven years, will take up post at NLGN in October.

Announcing both appointments, Professor Gerry Stoker, Chair of NLGN and Professor of Political Science at University of Manchester, said today:

“These appointments mark a new phase for NLGN and we’re delighted that people of this calibre want to work for the organisation. Dan and Warren are both outstanding individuals and I am confident that they will make a great contribution to future debates on locality”.

A full and exclusive interview with Dan Corry appears in the current issue of Public Finance magazine (published Friday 12 July). The text of the interview is now available at:

All media enquiries to Ian Parker, NLGN Head of Communications –
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NLGN is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.

Dan Corry was a Ministerial Special Advisor at DTI and DTLR between May 1997 and May 2002. Between 1992 and 1997 he was Senior Economist at ippr, specialising on utilities regulation, macro-economic policy, EMU, public expenditure issues and sport. From 1989 to 1992 he worked as an Economist at the Labour Party. Prior to this, he worked at HM Treasury as an Economic Advisor specialising on microeconomics and public expenditure (1987-1989) and a Senior Economic Assistant, working on agriculture and small firm issues (1986-1987). From 1984 to 1986, he was an Economic Assistant at the Department of Employment.

Warren Hatter has been Deputy Head of the Local Government Research Unit at MORI since 1997. He is also an Associate Director of MORI, for whom he has worked since 1991.