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Director of strategy and communications Phil Swann, after 21 years of ...
Director of strategy and communications Phil Swann, after 21 years of

working for the Local Government Association and its predecessors, is to become the director of the Tavistock Institute.

He won the position after a competitive interview and will take up his new

role in September.

Jeremy Beecham, chairman of the LGA, said: 'Phil 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.'

The Tavistock Instituteis a research and consultancy organisation which

addresses the challenges facing society from a social science perspective.

Established in 1946, it has a history of developing innovative approaches to

social science research and implementation.

Lucian Hudson, who chairs the council of the institute said: 'The country

needs a more honest and informed debate about the social challenges facing

society. Phil Swann is an exceptional individual who turns big ideas into

practical results and I am sure that he will help us to put the Institute at

the heart of that debate.'

Mr Swann said: 'There is a need for genuine innovation and experimentation

to address the needs of particular groups and communities in Britain today.

I want to help the Tavistock Institute to promote and facilitate that

innovation and ensure that politicians and policy makers learn from it. I

have enjoyed my time with the LGA immensely and am confident it will go from

strength to strength in the cause of promoting local democracy. '

Mr Swann was trained as a town planner, worked for Sefton MBC and was editor of Planning magazine for three years. He joined the Association of Metropolitan Authorities in 1983 and played a number of roles there. When the LGA was established in 1997 he was appointed head of environment and development before taking on a communications and public affairs role in 1998.

Brian Briscoe, LGA chief executive, said: 'Phil has been a very strong

player and an excellent colleague in the LGA. He will be missed but we know

he will retain his interest in local government and we will not lose


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