About Us

About us

LocalGov Digital is a network for digital practitioners in local government with an aim to raise standards in web provision and the use of digital by councils across the country, and to create a digital framework that is flexible enough to respond to local needs.

Our belief is that an overarching and fundamental principle is that local government is and should be ‘open by default and digital by design’.

The network was founded in 2012 by Carl Haggerty and Sarah Lay, has been grown by local government practitioners and functions in the spirit of sector-led improvement. 

At the centre is a steering group which connects the wider network with national bodies such as central government and other partners involved in improving how services are delivered to people. You can get in touch with the Steering Group by emailing [email protected] or tweeting @LocalGovDigital.

LocalGov Digital steering group members

Practitioners in local government can become steering group members through active involvement in current work streams and with the support of the council at which they work. 

Executive

The executive of the steering group is currently:

  • Carl Haggerty, Devon County Council – Chair
  • Phil Rumens, West Berkshire Council – Vice Chair
  • Sarah Lay, Nottinghamshire County Council - Communications Lead

Work stream leads

LocalGov Digital Makers

  • Phil Rumens, West Berkshire Council
  • Ben Cheetham, Guildford Borough Council
  • Jason Williams, Cornwall Council
  • Simon Gray, Birmingham City Council

Rewiring Local Democracy

  • Carl Whistlecraft, Kirklees Council
  • Dave Mckenna, Swansea Council

Communications and Community Management (Including LocalGov Digital Voice and LocalGovCamp)

  • Sarah Lay, Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Karen Jeal, Gravesham Council
  • Eddie Coates-Madden, Sheffield City Council 

Infrastructure and technology

  • Martin Howitt, Devon County Council
  • Kate Sahota, Warwickshire County Council

Skills, capacity and change

  • Carl Haggerty, Devon County Council
  • Kate Sahota, Warwickshire County Council

Open data

  • Jamie Whyte, Trafford Intelligence and Innovation Lab, Trafford Council
  • Lucy Knight, Devon County Council

National voice for local practitioners

  • Carl Haggerty, Devon County Council
  • Sarah Jennings, CapacityGrid (previously of LGA)

Steering group members

The executive and work stream leads are supported by a number of engaged practitioners from across local government.

The full steering group currently comprises:

  • Gavin Beckett, Bristol City Council
  • Ben Cheetham, Guildford Borough Council
  • Eddie Coates-Madden, Sheffield City Council
  • Simon Gray, Birmingham City Council
  • Carl Haggerty, Devon County Council
  • Martin Howitt, Devon County Council
  • Karen Jeal, Gravesham Council
  • Lucy Knight, Devon County Council
  • Steve Langrick, Kirklees Council
  • Sarah Lay, Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Dave McKenna, Swansea City Council
  • Wendy Pain, North Yorkshire Council
  • Sarah Prag, Bristol City Council
  • Phil Rumens, West Berkshire Council
  • Kate Sahota, Warwickshire County Council
  • Carl Whistlecraft, Kirklees Council
  • Jason Williams, Cornwall Council
  • Jamie Whyte, Trafford Council.

Steering group members are committed to playing an active part in work streams and so is flexible with members being more or less active dependent on need for expertise or interest.

Beyond the steering group is the wider network of local government digital practitioners as well as experts from other public sector and private agencies supporting the work of the group.

We’re keen to hear from digital practitioners in the sector who are interested in playing a more active role in the work the group is undertaking.