LGA Public Affairs team

Lee Bruce, Head of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement

Lee Bruce is responsible for the management of the LGA's public affairs work programme. Prior to joining the LGA, Lee worked in the charitable sector for the Woodland Trust covering the charity's parliamentary and stakeholder engagement in Westminster and Stormont.


Melanie Haslam, Public Affairs and Communications Manager

Melanie Haslam is the LGA's public affairs lead on local government finance including business rates, pensions and workforce. As part of this role she leads the LGA's response to key financial statements, including the Budget and Local Government Finance Settlement. She also supports the Chairman and Chief Executive with their communications. Melanie joined the LGA in June 2016, having previously worked for MPs in the House of Commons.


Thomas Leighton, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

Tom Leighton is the LGA's public affairs lead on housing and homelessness, planning, welfare, the environment, waste and recycling, and digital connectivity. He leads the LGA’s parliamentary lobbying on the private rented sector, including the Tenant Fees Bill, and on the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. Tom joined the LGA in June 2016, having previously worked in local government.


Catharina Paul, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

Catharina Paul leads on the  LGA's public affairs engagement on Brexit, devolution, skills, welfare reform and community safety (including on the Draft Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill).  Catharina joined the LGA in November 2017, having previously worked for the CBI.


Iredia Oboh, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

Iredia is the LGA’s public affairs lead on community wellbeing, including adult social care, public health and mental health (including the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill). Iredia also leads on education, children’s social care, digital and culture, tourism and sport. Iredia joined the LGA in August 2018, having previously worked for the General Medical Council.


Nathan Parton, Public Affairs Assistant

Nathan Parton provides support across the Public Affairs team, leading on informing the LGA's membership of its parliamentary engagement, supporting the delivery of events in Parliament and with stakeholders, and providing political monitoring. Nathan joined the LGA in April 2018, having previously worked for an MP and an international aid charity.