In a statement issued today, Mr Williams commented:
NLGN chair Gerry Stoker said:
'John has played a key role in NLGN's development into a leading think-tank, both within and beyond the local government sector. A strong and vibrant team will remain in place and, with the pending appointments of a research director and a new executive director, NLGN will continue to deliver a high quality programme of work that takes forward the modernisation agenda'.
Peter Holden, managing director of local government at Serco, said:
'We are delighted that John is joining us. Serco is continuing to expand the services we provide in local government and John will be a key part of a new team delivering leading-edge partnerships and modernisation programmes'.
John Williams will take up post at Serco at the beginning of June 2002. NLGN's executive committee has begun a process of recruiting for a new executive director.
During 2002, NLGN is committed to a work programme that will include the following publications: 'Public Service Ethos', 'Renewing Civic Leadership', 'Visioning the 21st Century Council', 'Valuing Political Leadership', 'Enabling Citizen Choice in Public Services', 'Branding the 21st Century Council' and 'Working Across Boundaries'.
The New Local Government Networkis an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.