LGA Principal Advisers

The focal point for the LGA's relationship management activity is through our team of nine Principal Advisers.


Principal Advisers are the LGA's focal point for discussions with councils about their improvement needs and the support we can make available – working with existing sector-owned improvement bodies at sub-national level and with colleagues supporting children's services improvement and adults/health.

Principal Advisers also have a key role in identifying good and innovative practice, which is fed back into the LGA to inform the wider improvement offer to the sector.

Principal Advisers also work closely with other LGA colleagues, contributing to the LGA's wider policy development and lobbying work and helping to identify councils from their areas who are keen to get more actively involved in this aspect of the LGA's work.

Each principal adviser is responsible for one or more regions. Principal Advisers have extensive experience of working at a senior level in local government and the wider local public sector.

Principal Adviser
(East of England)

Rachel Litherland

Phone: 07795 076834

Email: rachel.litherland@local.gov.uk

Gary Hughes
Phone: 07771 941337
Email: Gary.Hughes@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Bryony Rudkin, Lab, East of England
Colin Noble, Con, East of England
Phelim MacCafferty, Ind, National
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Shirley Pannell, Independent Group
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser

Mark Edgell
Tel: 07747 636910
Email: Mark.Edgell@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Glen Sanderson, Con, Yorkshire & Humberside
Graham Chapman, Lab, North East, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands (upper tier)
Shirley Pannell, Ind, North East, Yorkshire & Humber
Phelim MacCafferty, Ind, East Midlands
Bryony Rudkin, Lab, East Midlands (lower tier)
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Cllr Paul Cullen, Independent Group
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser (Jobshare)

Gill Taylor
Mobile: 07789512173
Email: Gill.Taylor@local.gov.uk

Principal Adviser (Jobshare)

Claire Hogan
Mobile: 07766250347
Email: Claire.Hogan@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Graham Brown, Ind, North West
Glen Sanderson, Con, North West
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National, North West
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser (Jobshare)

(Berks, East Sussex, Oxfordshire & Surrey)
Mona Sehgal
Mobile: 07795 291006
Email: Mona.Sehgal@local.gov.uk

Principal Adviser (Jobshare)

(Bucks, Hants, IOW, Kent & West Sussex)
Kate Herbert
Email: Kate.Herbert@local.gov.uk
Mobile: 07867 632404

Lead Peers

Bryony Rudkin, Lab, South East
Neil Clarke MBE, Con, South East
Colin Mann, Ind, South East (and Plaid Cymru in Wales)
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Phelim MacCafferty, Independent Group
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser

Andy Bates
Phone: 07919 562849
Email: Andy.Bates@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Paul Middlebrough, Con, South West
Helen Holland, Lab, South West
Mike Haines, Ind, National
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser:

Helen Murray

Mobile: 07884 312235

Helen.Murray@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Kay Hammond, Con, West Midlands
Helen Holland, Lab, West Midlands
Graham Brown, Ind, West Midlands
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Alan Seldon, Ind, West Midlands and North West
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser

(London) Alan Finch
Tel: 07786331467
Email: Alan.Finch@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Clyde Loakes, Lab, London
Colin Mann, Ind, London (and Plaid Cymru in Wales)
Teresa O'Neill, Con, National
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Howard Sykes MBE, Lib Dems, England & Wales
Phelim MacCafferty, Independent Group
Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

An overview of our current support offer can be found in our brochure Sector-led improvement: our offer of support.

For further information about membership, please contact info@local.gov.uk