Jessica joined NLGN in September 2015. She leads NLGN’s thought leadership and research, and contributes strategic oversight of the organisation.

Prior to joining NLGN, Jessica was political adviser to the Labour Group at the Local Government Association (LGA). She led policy there, working closely on public service reform and devolution. This included a secondment to the Policy Unit of the Leader of the Opposition’s Office during 2013-14 to lead on the Local Government Innovation Taskforce, a commission that reported into Labour’s Policy Review ahead of the 2015 General Election.

Previously she worked in policy roles in the voluntary sector for a street homelessness and a childcare charity, and she began her career at the Fabian Society.

Areas of expertise:
Local government finance
Public service reform
Economic growth and productivity
Organisational development and culture change

Culture Shock: Creating a Changemaking Culture in Local Government
A Changemaking Vision for Local Government
Unlocking the Power of Local: Reflections on the New Place Leadership
Smarter Not Harder: How devolution can make places more productive
Get Well Soon: Reimagining place-based health
Place-based Health: A position paper

Town Crier Episode Thirteen: Mayors! Mayors! Mayors!
Town Crier Episode Eleven: What might the budget have in store?
Town Crier Episode Ten: 2015 in review
NLGN Responds to the Spending Review
Town Crier Episode Nine: Spending Review
Town Crier Episode Eight: Post-conference season