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LGA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR SWANN WINGS HIS WAY TO TAVISTOCK

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Phil Swann, director of strategy and communications at the Local Government Association, has been appointed directo...
Phil Swann, director of strategy and communications at the Local Government Association, has been appointed director of the Tavistock Institute, the social science research body.

Mr Swann, who will take up his new post in September, has worked for the LGA, and prior to that the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, for 21 years.

Outgoing chairman Sir Jeremy Beecham (Lab) said: 'Mr Swann has played a major role in shaping the public face of the LGA, advising members on its increasingly effective lobbying work and influencing policy. Over the years, he has developed a series of initiatives which have had a major impact on relations between central and local government. He will be sorely missed.'

Mr Swann is noted in the organisation for his challenging and innovative approach to policy development, which has been central to the LGA's success in building effective relations with government.

He overhauled the LGA's communications with its members, launching LGA First, and built a close partnership with chief executive Sir Brian Briscoe, playing a key role in modernising the organisation's officer and political structures.
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