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Advising local government

01 October 2009

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Three leading University experts on local government have been appointed to the UK Government’s expert panel on local governance.

Professor Steve Martin, Dr Rhys Andrews and Dr James Downe of Cardiff Business School will advise ministers and senior civil servants on a range of issues including the improvement of local public services, local partnership working, local democracy and public involvement.

Professor Steve Martin, Director of the University’s Centre for Local & Regional Government Research has been appointed to lead the expert panel. Professor Martin said: "These prestigious new roles reflect the quality of the School’s research in the field of local governance and public management, and our strong commitment to engagement with senior policy makers, which were singled out for praise in the recent Research Assessment Exercise.

"As members of the Government’s expert panel, we will have an exciting opportunity to make a difference by providing expert advice and offering independent reviews of, and challenge to the Government’s annual £2.5M research programme on local governance and community empowerment."

As the lead member of the panel, Professor Martin is responsible for managing the overall work programme, advising on the design of individual assignments commissioned from other panel members and for quality assurance of their work.

Dr Andrews, Research Fellow in the Centre for Local & Regional Government Research will provide expert advice on statistical analysis and performance. Dr Downe, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Local & Regional Government Research has been recruited to the panel because of his expertise in local democracy and service improvement.

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