Ben is Principal Partner at RSA2020 and Chair of Public Services at the RSA.
Ben is a public policy and communications entrepreneur and has worked at the heart of the policy world for over three decades. He was previously founding Director of the 2020 Public Services Trust from its inception in 2008 to its winding up in 2011. Prior to this he was Head of Research and Communications for the construction union, UCATT; acted as Jack Straw’s adviser during the formative years of New Labour; and went on to co-found LLM Communications, a leading independent public affairs advisory firm in the UK.
Ben has had a long interest in public services and local government and has been involved in policy making and practice development at every level in the sector. This has included developing government policy, advising the LGA, working with several of the leading cities including Manchester on the Commonwealth Games, Liverpool on the European Capital of Culture, Nottingham on early intervention and Manchester and Birmingham on a new route map for localism.
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