A senior Department for Communities & Local Government official will be seconded to the Local Government Association to support the development of devolution deals.
Andrew Campbell, currently DCLG’s acting director general, finance and corporate services will join the association later this year.
The appointment comes as the DCLG launches a search for a new director general of decentralisation and growth based within the department.
A press notice said Mr Campbell would “lead on work offering LGA support to councils as they prepare for devolution deals, helping to bring Whitehall expertise to local negotiations”. He will also co-ordinate some of the LGA’s strategic digital work.
LGA chief executive Carolyn Downs said: “Andrew brings a wealth of experience which will be invaluable in helping councils as they develop their devolution bids.
“We know devolution is a key issue for councils and the LGA has long been making the case that any devolution must reach all parts of England because the opportunities around jobs, economic growth, public service transformation are relevant and important to everywhere in England.
“The recent announcement of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill has given us a solid platform to quickly move from a place of asking whether to decentralise to asking how far and fast we can go. Andrew will be an important part of this work.”
Mr Campbell was director of local government policy at the department from 2006 to 2010 and director of strategy from 2010 to 2013 when he took up his current role. He has worked on a wide range of policy issues including aviation, neighbourhoods, pollution control and housing.
He said: “I am delighted to be joining the LGA on secondment at what is an extremely exciting time for local government. The commitment from central government on further devolution and local growth presents huge opportunities for the sector to make ground breaking change.
“I am relishing being part of that and helping make a difference on issues that really matter to me.”