Headlines: May 7th, 2003

Iain Roxburgh, Coventry City Council’s former Chief Executive, has been appointed to lead the Consortium of Local Authorities. For the past decade the consortium of 25 local authorities has pooled research and worked with the University of Warwick on issues facing local government. From its base in the Local Government Centre at Warwick Business School it has successfully combined world class academic input with the expertise of elected councillors and council officers and led to many innovations in public policy.The Consortium’s current research themes include an examination of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment, how local authorities work with Local Strategic Partnerships, and the scrutiny aspects of political management. Its research programme is shaped by member authorities.

In the last 2 years, Iain Roxburgh has been Advisor to the NeighbourhoodRenewal Unit on Local Strategic Partnership development, led the Improvement and Development Agency performance support team for Doncaster MBC, and provided interim management support to the New Local Government Network for whom he has also just completed a major study on cross-boundary working by local authorities.