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.

lee.bruce@local.gov.uk


Charlotte Taylor, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

Charlotte Taylor leads the LGA's public affairs work on devolution, education, economic growth and skills, and improvement and innovation. Prior to joining the LGA, Charlotte led parliamentary engagement for NCVO, the membership body for the voluntary sector, and worked for a public affairs consultancy.

charlotte.taylor@local.gov.uk     


Rachel Phelps, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

Rachel Phelps is the LGA's public affairs lead on health including public health, adult social care, transport and culture, tourism and sport. She also leads the LGA's lobbying on the Bus Services, Policing and Criminal Justice, and Investigatory Powers Bills. Rachel joined the LGA in November 2015, having previously worked for Dods Parliamentary Communications, leading on a variety of portfolios including health and local government.

rachel.phelps@local.gov.uk   


Melanie Haslam, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

Melanie Haslam is the LGA's public affairs lead on housing, planning, local government finance including business rates reform, welfare, flooding, waste management, workforce including pensions, digital and international issues. She also leads the LGA's lobbying on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill, Local Growth and Jobs Bill, Homelessness Reduction Bill, Digital Economy Bill and the Modern Transport Bill. Melanie joined the LGA in June 2016, having previously worked for MPs in the House of Commons.

melanie.haslam@local.gov.uk  


Thomas Leighton, Public Affairs Assistant

Thomas Leighton 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. Tom joined the LGA in June 2016, having previously worked in local government.

thomas.leighton@local.gov.uk