CHAIR: Dame Jane Roberts Research Fellow in Public Leadership, The Open University Business School

Dame Jane Roberts has an extensive background in local government and in health. Jane was a councillor for the London Borough of Camden for 16 years, and served as leader of the council from 2000 until 2005. Jane was appointed DBE in 2004 for services to local government. She chaired the Councillors’ Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009.

Jane is a medical doctor and worked for many years as a hospital consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was Medical Director and later Director of Quality and Performance at Islington Primary Care Trust before PCTs were abolished. She was a Non-Executive Director of Ofsted from 2006 to 2011 and chaired the charity Parenting UK from 2006 to 2012. She was also a trustee of the Institute of Public Policy Research and a member of the governing body of the Institute for Public Policy in Wales. She took up a research fellowship at the Open University Business School in 2016.

Jane has authored a number of academic papers in medicine and also social science. She is the author of the book “Losing Political Office” (2017), co-editor and contributor to “The Politics of Attachment” (1996) and many articles about local government.