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 our offer to support self-regulation and sector-led improvement. 

Member peers 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 pool ofexpert peers able to confidentially advise our members.

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.

Cllr Mike Haines
Independent Group National Lead Peer and South West Regional Peer
[email protected]

Cllr Linda Van de Hende
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing South East and London
[email protected]

Cllr Colin Mann
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing Wales
[email protected]

Cllr Paul Cullen
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing North East and Yorkshire & Humberside
[email protected]

Cllr Alan Seldon
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing West Midlands and North West
[email protected]

Cllr Goronwy Edwards
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
supporting Independent Members in Wales
[email protected]

Cllr Ron Woodley
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
representing East of England and East Midlands
[email protected]

Cllr Andrew Cooper
Independent Group Regional Lead Peer
supporting Green Members
[email protected]

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:

Head of Group Office
Sarah Woodhouse
Telephone: 020 7664 3206
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: 07780 226 852

To apply for accreditation, please complete this application form