Crossing Boundaries: New Ways of Working
15 April, 2003

One day conference & Publication launch

‘Crossing Boundaries: New Ways of Working’
Central London, Wednesday 14 May 2003

with Chris Leslie MP, Minister for Local Government, ODPM

While the Government’s agenda for public service reform has led to the introduction of a range of different service providers, ingrained attitudes, prior baggage, ‘sovereignty’ and other less visible barriers have seen a general reluctance for local authorities and other public sector bodies to collaborate across traditional borders.

How some local authorities have attempted to overcome such obstacles is the topic of the next conference organised by The New Local Government Network (NLGN) – a conference that will also launch of a new NLGN report Crossing Boundaries: New Ways of Working*.

The culmination of detailed research conducted by Iain Roxburgh, independent consultant and ex-chief executive of Coventry City Council, and NLGN Researcher Natalie Arend, the report features analysis of established and recent joint working across UK local government, both between authorities and including partnerships with the private sector.

ODPM minister Chris Leslie has contributed the report’s foreword and will give a keynote address to the launch conference. Delegates will also hear from: Chris Chorley, Wiltshire County Council; Roger Ellis, Rochdale MBC; Peter Gould, Northamptonshire County Council; Dave Shaw, North Yorkshire ICT partnership; Patrick Le Galès, CEVIPOF/CNRS Sciences po Paris; Heather Rabbatts, iMPOWER; Stelio Stefanou, Accord plc; John Tizard, Capita Group plc; Lord Steve Bassam, Government Whip; and Warren Hatter, NLGN Head of Research.

Conference plenary sessions and workshops will examine:

  • The state of play across local government with joint working
  • How joint partnerships can produce positive outcomes
  • International examples of joint working
  • Perspectives from private sector partners
  • Lessons on joint working from Pathfinders
  • Lesson from joint revenue projects
  • Joint health / care partnerships

A full agenda for the conference ‘Crossing Boundaries: New Ways of Working’ can be found in the ‘Confernce & Events’ area at

For a free press place at the conference, contact Mark Adams at Neil Stewart Associates on 020 7324 4330 or

All other media enquiries to Ian Parker on 020 7357 0116

Notes for Editors:
*To obtain an embargoed copy of the report Crossing Boundaries: New Ways of Working by Iain Roxburgh & Natalie Arend, contact Ian Parker – 020 7357 0116 /

The New Local Government Network is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.