Jessica joined NLGN in September 2015. She provides day-to-day management of NLGN’s operations and leads the development of the policy and research programme.

Prior to joining NLGN, Jessica was political adviser to the Labour Group at the Local Government Association. She worked closely on local public service reform and devolution, including 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 in the last Parliament.

Previously she has 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.

Expertise and areas of interest

Local economic growth
Public service reform
Health and well-being


A Changemaking Vision for Local Government
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