Parker joins the think-tank on 6 September from the Institute for Government, where he is a fellow, and has pledged that, against the backdrop of the “new spirit of decentralisation” in Whitehall, the NLGN “will keep up the pressure for localism to be delivered in practice”.
He said: “The new political landscape has created tremendous opportunities to embed localism in the way the UK is governed – freeing councils from central bureaucracy and putting communities in control. It’s a time for ambitious thinking, and with our strong networks and rigorous research, NLGN is in an ideal position to shape the debate over public service reform, decentralisation and democratic renewal.”
Before the IoG, which he joined two years ago, Parker was head of public services at think-tank Demos and has worked on public services policy for the CBI, where he led programmes on local government and public-sector employment reform.
Parker replaces Chris Leslie, who was elected Labour MP for Nottingham East in May (PAN, June). Anna Turley had been acting director since and reverts to deputy director.
6th September 2010 by Ian Hall