Member peers

The LGA provides a range of tools and support to help councils and councillors further strengthen local accountability and improve their performance. Peer challenge and peer support are fundamental parts of this offer to support self-regulation and sector-led improvement. They form part of our ‘Taking the Lead' offer.  Member peers are at the heart of these. They are accredited to support councils and their councillors with their improvement and learning by providing a ‘practitioner perspective' and ‘critical friend' challenge. Each of the four political groups at the LGA has a poll of member peers and lead member peers.


Find out more about sector-led improvement, the approach and the LGA Offer - including the opportunity for each council and fire and rescue service to have a corporate peer challenge, at no charge, once every three years.

Independent Group member peers work closely with the Independent Group Political Improvement Sub-Committee to ensure that support is provided when needed and within the resources available to the Group. This work is headed by the national lead peer member and three regional lead peers.

Cllr Mike Haines
Independent Group National Lead Peer
representing the South West
mike.haines@teignbridge.gov.uk

Cllr Phelim MacCafferty
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing South East and London
phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Cllr Shirley Pannell
Independent Group Regional Peer
representing North East, East Midlands and East of England
Email: cllr_shirley_pannell@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Cllr Colin Mann
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing Wales
colinmann@caerphilly.gov.uk

Cllr Paul Cullen
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing Yorkshire and Humberside
paul.cullen410@clara.co.uk

Cllr Alan Seldon
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing West Midlands and North West
aseldon@herefordshire.gov.uk

Cllr Graham Brown
Independent Group Associate Peer
representing Wales
grahambrown47@yahoo.com

If you are interested in receiving support from any of our lead member peers or if would like to know more about the work of our Independent Group member peers, please contact:

Interim head of Group Office
Toby Ganley
Telephone: 020 7664 3206
Email: toby.ganley@local.gov.uk
Mobile: 07780 226 852

To apply for accreditation, please complete this application form