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KEY PLAYER TO LEAVE NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT NETWORK

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John Williams has today announced that he is set to leave his post as executive director of independent think-tank,...
John Williams has today announced that he is set to leave his post as executive director of independent think-tank, the New Local Government Network (NLGN) to take up a new position as market development director for local government at Serco.

In a statement issued today, Mr Williams commented:

'Deciding to leave NLGN after four years is very difficult as I remain more upbeat than ever about the opportunities for the organisation to make an even greater impact on policy and practice within local and central government. During the past few months we have constructed an exciting and challenging programme of activity for the coming year. However, we all need to refresh ourselves with new challenges and my decision is based as much as anything else on a desire to practically apply my knowledge and ideas onto the widest possible stage'.

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'.

Notes:

The New Local Government Networkis an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.

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