The Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the LPIP Hub provides strategic advice and guidance to the Leadership Team, the LPIP Hub Director, and the Partnership Delivery Team, and supports the achievement of the LPIP Hub’s vision, goals, and objectives. Drawing on the collective wisdom and expertise of its members, the Advisory Board will shape the direction of the LPIP Hub work programme by gathering insights, making recommendations, and providing constructive challenge.

The Advisory Board is composed of up to 20 members with significant expertise and experience in fields and sectors relevant to the LPIP Hub’s work, including but not limited to:

Higher Education; Local, National and Devolved Government; Inclusive and sustainable local economic performance; Public Policymaking; Innovation; Living and working sustainably in a greener economy; Communities in their places; Skills; Felt experiences; Civic Engagement; Private sector; Pride in place and cultural recovery

Meet the Board

Des McNulty

Chair of the LPIP Hub Board

Vice Chair - International and Civic Engagement
Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN)

Vice Chair
The Glasgow Commission for Economic Growth

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As Assistant Vice-Principal, Economic Development and Civic Engagement at the University of Glasgow 2016-2021, Des was responsible for developing links between policy makers and researchers and other forms of collaboration between the university and city, devolved and national governments. He is currently Vice Chair of UPEN (international and civic engagement and Vice Chair of the Glasgow Commission for Economic Growth, which provides strategic advice on economic matters to eight local authorities (elected Councils) in the Greater Glasgow conurbation who have participated in the Glasgow City Region City Deal. He is co-editor of ‘The Scottish Economy’ Routledge 2018. Between 1999 and 2011. Des McNulty was an elected member of the Scottish Parliament, where he served in roles including Minister for Communities and Social Justice, shadow spokesperson on Education and Chair of the Parliament’s Finance Committee. 

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Stephen Aldridge

Director for Analysis and Data 
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Stephen is Director for Analysis and Data at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

A government economist by background, he has also worked in the Department of Trade and Industry; various predecessors to DLUHC; the Cabinet Secretariats and Cabinet Office; and Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Stephen is a trustee and director of the Centre for Homelessness Impact; a member of the international advisory board to the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence; a member of the Public Policy Committee of the British Academy and other bodies. He is a fellow and Council member of the Academy of Social Sciences and a continuing fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Stephen was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2007.

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Felix Kumi-Ampofo

Director for Corporate Policy
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

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Felix has over 20 years of experience and expertise in policy development, economic analysis, action research, impact assessment, evaluation, business case development and review, and the Green Book. Prior to his current role at the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, (SYMCA) Felix’s career had spanned both the public and private sectors including academia, local government, regional development, and international consultancy.

His role is primarily focused on policy development across SYMCA’s remit and assessing investment opportunities to improve the lives of South Yorkshire residents. These policies span skills, employment, housing, business investment, the environment, culture, health and wellbeing, and transport.

Felix leads the team responsible for the direction and delivery of Share Prosperity Funds in South Yorkshire, focusing on reducing the cost of living, supporting business growth, and delivering higher level skills to grow the economy and improve lives.

Felix also has lead responsibility for all SYMCA programme and project assurance. 

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Richard Calvert

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Operations)
Sheffield Hallam University

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As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategy and Operations), Richard has lead responsibility for organisational strategy and operational delivery.  He leads the University’s Professional Services, ensuring these are aligned to the University’s strategic vision, as well as promoting coherence across professional and academic teams. He is accountable for the financial management, planning and performance of all professional services, setting clear expectations and measurable standards across the University to ensure a unified operating model.  

Richard leads work on the university’s civic engagement, including Hallam’s leadership of the national Civic University Network.  He also has responsibility for the University’s Future Strategy Programme, through which the University is reframing Transforming Lives for a post-pandemic world. 

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Miles Celic

Chief Executive Officer

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Miles Celic is Chief Executive Officer of TheCityUK and has held this position since September 2016. He is also a member of the Department for International Trade Advisory Groups on Financial Services and Professional Advisory Services, a board member of UK Finance and a board member of the Financial Services Skills Commission. Miles began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and others. He moved on to work in the UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues. Miles subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies, including a period at an arm of Omnicom – one of the world’s largest communications agency groups – where he advised clients including the BBC, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of international financial firms.

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Moira Doherty 

Deputy Secretary for Engaged Communities Group in the Department for Communities
Northern Ireland Civil Service

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Moira joined the Civil Service in 1999, and has worked in a range of policy, project delivery and operational roles in the Northern Ireland Office, Department of Justice, Department of Regional Development and Department for Infrastructure. Moira is also the Trustee of a local charity, The Turnaround Project, which supports people in their journey out of the justice system.

Helen Goulden OBE

Chief Executive Officer
The Young Foundation

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As Chief Executive Officer of The Young Foundation, Helen leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and innovators to support stronger communities across the UK.

Prior to joining The Young Foundation, she spent nine years at Nesta as Executive Director, supporting, funding and scaling innovation in civil society, social tech, government, arts and education.

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Mark Halstead

Founder, Director of Data
Red Flag Alert

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Mark Halstead is a founder of and the Director of Data at Red Flag Alert, the UK’s only independently owned credit referencing agency and business data platform, and the Deputy Chairman of Reparo Finance, a secured lending business that aims to help businesses that struggle to access finance from traditional bank lead sources.

Mark has decades of experience in the procurement and analysis of business data and oversees the quarterly Red Flag Alert economic reports, which are a fixture of the economic reporting world and means he has his finger on the pulse of the UK economy, both regionally and nationally.

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Chris Hewson

Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN)

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Chris provides expert assistance to the University of York’s social sciences departments regarding all aspects of research impact, including but not limited to funding support, policy engagement, business engagement and commercialisation, public engagement, and Research Excellence Framework (REF) impact planning. He also manages York’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account and was central to the development of York’s public policy function, the York Policy engine (TYPE). At a national level, he is the current co-chair of the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), and Chair of the Research England funded Aspect (A SHAPE Platform for Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Transformation) Operations Group. 

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Richard Lowe-Lauri

Head of Green Book and Major Projects Unit
HM Treasury

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Rebecca Madgin

Professor of Urban Studies
University of Glasgow

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Dr Rebecca Madgin is Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow and Programme Director for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Place-Based Research Programme. Rebecca is an urban historian who works on place, placemaking and the role of heritage within urban development initiatives. Rebecca is particularly interested in lived and felt experiences of place and the relationship between the economic and emotional value of places. Rebecca has published widely on these topics using historical and contemporary examples drawn from urban and rural places across the UK and internationally. Rebecca is a member of Historic England’s Historic Places Panel and the Canal and River Trust’s Cultural Heritage Advisory Group as well as being on the Editorial Board for Context, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation’s professional journal.

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Sam Markey 

Ecosystem Director for Place Leadership
Connected Places Catapult

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Sam Markey is Ecosystem Director for Place Leadership at Connected Places Catapult, overseeing strategic investments, partnerships and programmes with places which promote innovation-led levelling up across the UK. At present, this means a focus on fostering collaborative leadership between local organisations around shared strategies for economic renewal, empowering local service managers to adopt smarter spending practices which leverage public contracts to spark innovation, and civic investment which unlocks the power of private finance to curate inclusive, thriving hubs of innovation.

Before joining Connected Places (then Future Cities) Catapult in May 2016, Sam was a senior implementation advisor in the Cabinet Office, focused on public service reform, policy innovation, and the application of emerging technologies to tackle policy challenges. Sam started his career in the London Borough of Barnet where he was responsible for creating the original and infamous ‘Barnet Graph of Doom’. 

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Simon Marks

City Executive Birmingham

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Simon Marks is the City Executive for Arcadis responsible for over 350 staff in the Birmingham office. 

With 30 years construction and property experience Simon helps clients make the best of their built and natural assets in relation to achieving their vision, strategy and key priorities. He has led and delivered a range of projects across the public, private and infrastructure sectors and has a deep understanding of the housing and regeneration arena. Simon is a  Chair of the Executive Board of the City Centre Enterprise Zone.

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Christopher Millward 

Professor of Practice in Education Policy
University of Birmingham

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Chris Millward is Professor of Practice in Education Policy at the University of Birmingham. He has particular expertise on higher education policy, systems, institutions and practice, but leads a research group exploring different dimensions of education equity across the life course. 

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in 2022, Chris worked for 20 years between government and universities as the Director for Fair Access and Participation (DFAP) at England’s higher education regulator the Office for Students (OfS), Director of Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Head of Research programmes at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).   

Chris is a Marshall Scholarships Commissioner, a trustee of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) and Chair of the Advisory Board for the ESRC Centre for Global Higher Education. He also currently serves on educational advisory groups for the governments in Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands, as well as the British Council.   

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Andrew Mowlah

Director of Research
Arts Council England (ACE)

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Andrew Mowlah is Director of Research at Arts Council England (ACE). He has an extensive background in research and evaluation and joined ACE in 2013 having worked in strategy, policy and research for organisations including the Northwest Regional Economic Development Agency, a business lobby group and a management consultancy firm.

Andrew heads up the research and evaluation function at ACE. His team leads on generating robust knowledge and evidence to support delivery of the Arts Council strategy Lets Create and to inform future research strategy and policy development.  

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Tim Davies-Pugh

Chief Executive
Power to Change

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Tim is the Chief Executive of Power to Change, the independent trust established in 2015 that strengthens communities through community business.

Tim joined Power to Change in 2021 as the Director of Strategy and Programmes, having previous held seniors roles at the National Lottery Community Fund, Office for Civil Society, Numbers for Good and as a Director of GLT partners a social sector consultancy. Tim is a Board member of the SAFE Foundation and has previously held board positions at UnLtd, where he chaired their awards committee and Virgin Money Foundation.

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Nina Ruddle

Head of Public Policy Engagement
Wrexham Glyndŵr University

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A graduate of the University of Liverpool in Geography and Civic Design, Nina has 20 years’ experience in public services in education, social and economic regeneration, and policy development/delivery.

As Head of Public Policy Engagement, she leads WU’s civic mission partnership strategy across North Wales, which delivers a wide range of co-created civic mission work in collaboration with a vast range of partners and communities and aims to end social inequality by 2030. This work ranges from enabling systems leadership and whole systems thinking to support the implementation of the Well being of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015, to establishing a North Wales Children’s University and leadership education for Children and Young People focused on leadership, health & well being, skills for the future, aspiration, and food poverty. Earlier this year, she was recognised in the Future Generations Changemaker 100 list for Wales.

In her other roles, Nina is Vice Chair of the Civic Mission Network for Wales & Wrexham and Flintshire Public Service Board, a member of the Partnership Board for Actif North Wales, a member of 2025 social movement and Chair of Mold Netball Club.

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Tom Stratton

Chief of Staff
The Royal Society for the Arts (RSA)

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Tom is responsible for the RSA’s strategy development, project operations, and sponsors our interventions (projects) focused on hubs – organisations, communities and place. He oversees robust analysis of the RSA’s productivity and strategic initiatives to ensure optimum organisational impact. Tom also ensures effective cross-organisational project and programme management, from business development through to delivery, and leads flagship projects in line with our vision and values.

Prior to joining the RSA, Tom was the Senior Economic Advisor to the Levelling Up Taskforce in the Cabinet Office, leading the cross-Whitehall negotiations of UK Government’s twelve levelling up missions. He was previously the Deputy Head of Research at the Industrial Strategy Council and worked as an economist at the Bank of England from 2011 to 2020.

Megan Streb

Head of Outreach
What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

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As Head of Outreach, Megan leads on the engagement with local government for What Works Growth. She has worked with local authorities in a number of roles over the last ten years. This experience underpins a commitment to collaboration with local officers and a desire to ‘meet people where they are’ when supporting them with the use of evidence and evaluation.

Prior to joining What Works Growth, she was Partnership Manager in the South of England at Sustrans where she supported local authorities on policy and strategy development as well as applications for funding.

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David Sweeney OBE

Professor of Research Policy
University of Birmingham

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Alex Thomson

Director of Policy, Partnerships and Public Affairs

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Pete Tyler

Emeritus Professor in Urban and Regional Economics in the Department of Land Economy
University of Cambridge

Emeritus Professorial Fellow and former President
St. Catharine's College

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Peter Tyler is Emeritus Professor in Urban and Regional Economics in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Emeritus Professorial Fellow and former President of St. Catharine's College. He has been Project Director for a very large number of major research projects for governments relating to urban and regional development, twenty-five of which have been of book length. Besides his work in the United Kingdom for HM Government he has also undertaken research for the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on urban, regional, industrial and evaluation policy. He has been an Expert Advisor to the OECD, European Commission and HM Government, including serving on the National Evaluation Panel for Sure Start (HM Government initiative for children under 5). He was a Programme Leader for the Cambridge MIT initiative and is a Policy Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. During 2016 he was an Expert Advisor to UN Habitat III.

Peter was made a Master of the Royal Town Planning on the basis of his contribution to urban and regional spatial planning and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in the light of his considerable knowledge and experience in the spheres of land, property or construction. He is an Academician of the Learned Society for Social Sciences. In recent years he has been involved in research to value the benefits of urban regeneration and economic development (DCLG), the expert evaluation network delivering policy analysis on the performance of EU Cohesion Policy (DG Regio), Co-Investigator on Resilient Regions and Cities (ESRC), the British Urban Transformations project (ESRC) and the Long-Term Dynamics of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems (EPSRC). He has recently undertaken an assessment of the economic impact of the Babraham Research Campus Cambridge and just published with colleagues a book on Levelling-Up Left Behind Places; The Scale and Nature of the Economic and Policy Challenge (Rutledge, 2022).

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Andy Westwood

Professor of Government Practice
University of Manchester

Productivity Institute

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Andy Westwood is Professor of Government Practice at the University of Manchester and a Director of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded Productivity Institute. He has worked as an expert adviser to the European Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Monetary Fund, as well as a specialist adviser to the Select Committees on Economic Affairs and Digital Skills in the House of Lords. He was previously a special adviser in the last Labour Government on Further and Higher Education, Science and Local Government.

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