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

Cllr Bryony Rudkin, Lab, East of England
Cllr William Nunn, Con, East of England
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Cllr Sarah Butifoker, Lib Dems, East of England
Cllr Shirley Pannell, Ind, North East, East Midlands and East of England
Cllr Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser

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

Lead Peers

Cllr Glen Sanderson, Con, East Midlands, North East, Yorkshire & Humber
Cllr Bryony Rudkin, Lab, East Midlands (lower tier)
Cllr Graham Chapman, Lab, East Midlands (upper tier), North East, Yorkshire & Humber
Cllr Lisa Smart, Lib Dems, North East, Yorkshire & Humber
Cllr Alan Connett, Lib Dems, East Midlands
Cllr Paul Cullen, Ind, North East, Yorkshire & Humber
Cllr Mike Haines, Ind, East Midlands

Principal Adviser

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

Lead Peers

Cllr Glen Sanderson, Conservative
Cllr Mike Wilcox, Conservative
Cllr Steve Houghton, Labour
Cllr Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat
Cllr Alan Seldon, Independent

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

Cllr Bryony Rudkin, Lab, South East
Cllr Neil Clarke MBE, Con, South East
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Lib Dems, South East
Cllr Phelim MacCafferty, Ind, South East and London
Cllr Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser

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

Lead Peers

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

Principal Adviser:

Helen Murray

Mobile: 07884 312235

Helen.Murray@local.gov.uk

Lead Peers

Cllr Mike Wilcox, Con, West Midlands
Cllr Helen Holland, Lab, West Midlands
Cllr Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Cllr Lisa Smart, Lib Dems, West Midlands
Cllr Alan Seldon, Ind, West Midlands and North West
Cllr Alan Connett, Lib Dems, England & Wales

Principal Adviser

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

Lead Peers

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Lab, London
Cllr Teresa O'Neill, Con, National
Sir Steve Houghton, Lab, National
Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Lib Dems, London
Cllr Phelim MacCafferty, Ind, South East and London
Cllr 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