Leading localism think tank NLGN today announces the departure of its director, Simon Parker, who has led the organisation for the past six years.
NLGN will be recruiting for a new director shortly. Simon will be taking up a new post as Corporate Director of Strategy at the London Borough of Redbridge in the Autumn.
In the meantime, deputy director Jessica Studdert will oversee NLGN’s busy programme of research and events, covering areas as varied as the future of the local government workforce, devolution of employability and skills and the impact of the built environment on public service outcomes.
Simon Parker said:
“It has been a privilege to lead NLGN through an extraordinary period of change for local government. I am proud of the role that our work has played in supporting municipal innovation and making the case for devolution.
NLGN has earned a reputation for being at the leading edge of the local government debate, and I am confident that a new director will bring fresh energy and ideas to the task of inspiring tomorrow’s councils.
After six years, I am excited about the opportunity to put some of our ideas into practice in a very exciting part of London.”
Chair of NLGN Dame Jane Roberts said:
“We will greatly miss Simon’s intellect, dynamism and enthusiasm. He has brought tremendous energy to our work and our sector. At difficult times he has always been a wellspring of optimism.
We are delighted he will still be working in local government and we wish him and Redbridge every success.”
NLGN is the leading think tank for innovation in public services. Our work has helped to inspire councils over our 20 year existence. In particular, we have worked with local government to transform and adapt at a time of unprecedented budgetary and demographic challenge.