LGA principal advisers

The focal point for the LGA's relationship management activity is through our team of eight 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.
East of England

Principal adviser
Rachel Litherland
Phone: 07795 076834
Email: [email protected]

Lead peers
Cllr William Nunn, Con, East of England
Cllr Ron Woodley, Ind, East of England, East Midlands

East Midlands, North East, Yorkshire & Humber

Principal adviser
Mark Edgell
Tel: 07747 636910
Email: [email protected]

Lead peers

Cllr Glen Sanderson JP, Con, East Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber, North East
Cllr Graham Chapman, Lab, North East, Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands (upper tier)
Cllr Lisa Smart, Lib Dem, North East, North West, West Midlands
Cllr Paul Cullen, Ind, North East, Yorkshire & Humber
Cllr Ron Woodley, Ind, East Midlands, East of England

North West

Principal adviser
Claire Hogan
Mobile: 07766250347
Email: [email protected]

Lead peers
Cllr Mike Wilcox, Con, North West, West Midlands
Cllr Stephen Houghton, Lab, North West
Cllr Alan Seldon, Ind, North West, West Midlands

South East

Principal adviser
(Berks, East Sussex, & Surrey)
Mona Sehgal
Mobile: 07795 291006
Email: [email protected]

Principal adviser
(Bucks, Hants, IOW, Kent, Oxfordshire & West Sussex)
William Brooks
Mobile: 07949 054421
Email: [email protected]

Lead peers
Lord Porter of Spalding CBE, Con, South East
Cllr Paul Middlebrough, Con, Hampshire, Isle of White, South West
Cllr Linda Van De Hende, Ind, South East, London

South West

Principal adviser
Paul Clarke
[email protected]
07899 965730

Lead peers
Cllr Paul Middlebrough, Con, South West, Hampshire, Isle of White
Cllr Alan Connett, Lib Dem, South West, East Midlands, Wales
Cllr Helen Holland, Lab, South West, West Midlands
Cllr Mike Haines, Ind, South West

West Midlands

Principal adviser
Helen Murray
Mobile: 07884 312235
[email protected]

Lead peers

Cllr Mike Wilcox, Con, West Midlands, North West
Cllr Alan Seldon, Ind, West Midlands, North West
Cllr Lisa Smart, Lib Dem, West Midlands, North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber
Cllr Helen Holland, Lab, West Midlands, South West

London

Principal adviser
(London)
Kate Herbert
Mobile: 07867 632404
[email protected]

Lead peers
Cllr Teresa O'Neill OBE, Con, London
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Lab, London
Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Lib Dem, London, South East
Cllr Linda Van De Hende, Ind,  London, South East

The LGA’s sector led improvement (SLI) offer provides councils and their members with a variety of support, further information is available on our website.

For further information about membership, please contact [email protected]