The LGA's media office provides the national voice of local government in England and Wales on the major news issues of the day for national, regional and local press.

Our team offers a range of services to journalists including:

  • issuing press releases
  • providing briefings and reactive statements
  • arranging broadcast interviews and; 
  • offering local case studies.

We have spokespeople available to talk on a wide array of topics including adult social care, child protection, education, housing, environment, finance, transport and public health.

You can call the media office 24/7 on 020 7664 3333 (out-of-hours voicemail will detail the on-duty press officer), email on or contact a member of the team directly using their details below.

You can also follow us on Twitter at

Cherie Willers (Head of News and Internal Communications)


Telephone: 0207 664 3120


Simon Ward (Deputy Head of News and Internal Communications)

Finance, Workforce


Telephone: 020 7664 3147


Matthew Cooper (Senior Media Relations Officer)

Economic Growth, Public Health, Environment, 


Telephone: 020 7664 3007


Greg Burns (Senior Media Relations Officer)

Community safety, Transport, European and International


Telephone: 020 7664 3184


Victoria Daly (Senior Media Relations Officer)

Children's and adult services, Culture, tourism and sport


Telephone: 020 7664 3308


Ruth Pott-Negrine (Senior Media Relations Officer)

Education, Housing, Improvement, Planning


Telephone: 020 7664 3351