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Jonathan Werran appointed Localis chief

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The local government think-tank Localis announced on Tuesday that Jonathan Werran has been appointed chief executive.

Mr Werran, previously head of news and events for Localis, was appointed interim chief executive after his predecessor Liam Booth-Smith stepped down at the end of May.

Sir Merrick Cockell, chairman of Localis board, said: “Jonathan takes the reins of Localis at a time when the organisation has seized the commanding heights of thinking around the industrial strategy and local economic agenda and is primed for a new phase of dynamic growth. He brings a wealth of experience, insight and determination to lead the debate and policy agenda.”

The new chief executive last week wrote a guest briefing for LGC on the need for more council tax referendums.

Mr Werran said: “Localis has rightly received plaudits for its boldness and drive in making the strongest case for the importance of place in key policy areas of industrial strategy, labour markets, housing, health and social care integration - among many others.

“I look forward to building on the strong legacy left by my predecessor Liam Booth-Smith and to advancing the neo-localist argument – which means developing new answers capable of remedying the most pressing social and economic challenges facing our society.”

Mr Booth-Smith was also a regular contributor to LGC before his appointment as special adviser to housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire.

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