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
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