About us

LGcommunications (LGcomms) is a national body made up of an association of organisations working together to raise the standard of communications in the public sector.

We hold regular seminars, produce publications and briefings on current communications topics, run a training programme for talented Future Leaders and hold a flagship annual Academy – our national conference.

It costs just £250 (+VAT) per year for your whole organisation to enjoy full LGcomms membership benefits.

We’re committed to creating an inclusive future for public sector communications. Read our diversity and inclusion statement.

The LGcomms Executive Committee: senior officers

Andy Allsopp, Essex County Council

Andy Allsopp is Head of Profession for Communications and Marketing at Essex County Council.

A multi-award winning communications professional, Andy was a print journalist before beginning his communications career with the NHS in London, before becoming national media relations manager with Age Concern England. He joined Suffolk County Council in 2001, the beginning of a 23-year career in local government. Over the last ten years in Essex, he has led the County Council’s successful and bold shift to a consultancy-led and devolved approach to marcomms.

Alix Macfarlane

Alix Macfarlane
Vice Chair

After three years in the LGcomms chair role and a year as National Secretary, I’m looking forward to continuing to build on our commitment to create an inclusive future for public sector communications as one of the organisation’s Vice Chairs.

LGcomms has a key role to play in helping navigate the current times. It’s a privilege to be part of the leadership team and to work alongside some of the best professionals in our industry in our executive committee, our members, and our partners.

I’ve been a member of the LGcomms executive committee for more than six years, joining the team after completing the LGcomms Future Leaders programme. The benefits of LGcomms are far reaching across all our activities, it’s an excellent organisation to be part of. I am very proud to be at the forefront of shaping the way forward with a collaborative and innovative approach.

I moved into the rewarding world of public sector communications after starting my career in print journalism. My experience in local government spans more than a decade. I’ve held senior communications roles in busy unitary authorities, a London Borough a large county council and a council under Government intervention.

Andrew Hadfield-Ames
Vice Chair

Andrew is Head of Communications, Strategy & Partnerships at Cambridgeshire County Council

Andrew is Head of Communications at Cambridgeshire County Council.

He has been on LG Comms Exec Committee for over six years and previously served as National Secretary. He has helped organise several seminars, written blogs and co-ordinated a White Paper on the future of external channels.

Having worked in public sector communications since 2006, Andrew has worked for a number of local councils, health, police and rail organisations in a variety of senior positions.

Eddie Coates-Madden, City of York Council
Vice Chair

Eddie Coates-Madden has been Head of Communications and Marketing at City of York Council since late 2021.

An award-winning communications leader, Eddie has been in local government leadership roles for over two decades, initially in a range of customer services roles, and more recently as a Head of Communications for councils in Hull, Sheffield, Hounslow and now York. 

Eddie joined City of York Council, having completed a second MA (in Arts and Culture Management) and after sixteen months with Hounslow, when they were LGA Council of the Year. He is Chair of Governors at a local primary school, a governor at a secondary, a trustee with Yorkshire Artspace and a member of the team at Comms Creatives.

Jeni Harvey, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Vice Chair

Jeni is Director of Marketing and Communications at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and, prior to that, was Head of Communications and Research at Oldham Council.

With more than two decades’ experience across communications, marketing and journalism, Jeni started her career on newspapers in Greater Manchester, before spending five years as senior reporter at the Yorkshire Post.

Since moving into Communications, Jeni has worked across the spectrum of public sector organisations, including in local authorities, policing and a Combined Authority, as well as teaching on undergraduate and Masters journalism and PR courses at the University of Sheffield.

Jeni also completed a MSc in Strategic Public Relations in 2021, winning the Sam Black prize for best student in her cohort. Outside of work, she is a keen runner and has completed several marathons.

Michael Stringer, Surrey County Council
National Secretary

Having worked in local government communications since 2014 and completed the Future Leaders programme in 2018/19, I’m passionate about helping our profession be the very best it can be. I’m delighted to work alongside other members of the LGcomms Executive Committee to build networks, share best practice, grow our membership and drive improvement across the public sector.

I started my career as a newspaper journalist before working in Parliament and then heading into the world of local government, first in a London Borough and now in a County Council, also with responsibility for the Fire Service.

Local government is where real stuff gets done, across a whole range of services and issues. There are many brilliant people working in communications across the sector, and LGcomms plays an important role in bringing those together, highlighting the great work being done, and supporting individuals and teams across the country.

Danni Clayton, Leeds City Council

As a former Future Leader I benefited from LGcomms, not just personally and professionally, but in bringing that back to the team and council in Leeds where I’ve worked in a senior role for the past 13 years and jointly led the team for the past five years. Since I joined the Exec six years ago I’ve supported further cohorts through leading on the programme as organiser and mentor, and helped to shape and deliver Academy; bringing together communications professionals at all levels from across the country to network, share experiences, learn from each other and develop our skills on the most important and pressing issues facing us all. Now, more than ever, those opportunities to collaborate, progress, and strengthen relationships with each other are vital.

After four years as Vice Chair I’m moving into the position of Treasurer, and look forward to working alongside Alix, Andy, Eddie, Mike, Jeni and Andrew in my new role on the Senior Exec Committee.

I’m keen for us to continue to expand and grow our membership and influence, further develop our offer for our members, reflect and represent the diversity of our industry, and lead and champion excellent communications in local government and the public sector.

LGcomms Executive Committee 2024: Full list of members

 Adam Keating, Southend-on-Sea City Council

Alan Steeden, Brighton & Hove City Council

Alison Roberts, Birmingham City Council

Alix Macfarlane, Lgcomms

Andrew Hadfield-Ames, Cambridgeshire County Council

Andy Allsopp, Essex County Council

Ben Knowles, London Borough of Hounslow

Bridget Aherne, Associate member

Caroline Kennedy-Jones, Ipswich Borough Council

Carla Ryan-Griffiths, Islington Council

Charlotte Goulding, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Chris Oates, Leeds City Council

Claire Thrower, London Borough of Sutton

Danni Clayton, Leeds City Council

Darren Caveney, Associate member

David Green, Tower Hamlets Council

Desiree Weston, Westminster City Council

Dilwyn Jones, Welsh LGA

Eddie Coates-Madden, City of York Council

Ellie Caddick, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Emma Hollingworth, Gateshead Council

Georgia Turner, Associate member

Hayley Cook, Portsmouth City Council

Hayley Lambert, Havebury Housing Association

Helen Newton, National Fire Chiefs Council

Helena  Hornby, Staffordshire County Council

James Illingworth, Wigan Council

Jeni Harvey, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing

Jennifer Medcraff, Spelthorne Borough Council

Jonathan Schroder, Barnet Council

Josephine Graham, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Julie Odams, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Kerry Middleton, Oxfordshire County Council

Laura Johnson, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Lauren Doughton, Shetland Islands Council

Louise Neilan, Thurrock Council

Louise Gibson, Sheffield City Council

Lucy Downham, Wigan Council

Mandy Atkinson, Chesterfield Borough Council

Mark Miller, West Suffolk Council

Matt Nicholls, LGA

Max Wieland, Stockport Council

Michael Moore, Cheshire East Council

Michael Stringer, Surrey County Council

Nicki Curwood, Warwick District Council

Paul Hutchinson-Simpson, Westminster City Council

Paul Masterman, Associate Member

Peter Barlow, City of London Corporation

Shane Spence, Sheffield City Council

Shaun Gibbons, South Holland District Council

Sophie Leer, Brent Council

Simon Jones, Westminster City Council

Vicky Croughan, South Hams District Council & West Devon Borough Council

Victoria Hardcastle, St Helens Council

Will Maplebeck, Core Cities UK

Zander Mills, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service


LGcomms Constitution 2018

LGcomms Code of Conduct