Neil McInroy

Chief Executive

Neil oversees the running of CLES and the development of the organisation, including collaborations with other bodies.

A leading commentator on economic development and public policy, Neil has featured in Local Government Chronicle’s annual top 50 most influential people in local government. He has been involved in public sector policy and delivery for over 25 years.

Neil has collaborated with a broad range of local, regional and national governments and agencies across UK and in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia. His particular skills are in strategic policy, local economic and social research, analysis and development;  research methodologies and facilitation.


Neil joined the organisation in April 2005. We asked him, ‘what is it that you value in your role at CLES?’.

‘I am interested in doing and making progressive change happen and passionate about achieving social justice and economies that work for all. I believe that enduring change comes from deep collaboration and investigation. At  CLES we dive deep into issues to work up achievable solutions. CLES allows me to work across the UK and internationally, and to follow paths of interest based on social and economic need. It also means working with creative colleagues from different disciplines, which is always inspiring.’

Professional affiliations

  • Honorary Fellow, Centre for Urban Policy Studies (CUPS), University of Manchester
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, Edge Hill University
  • UK Editorial Board, Local Economy Journal
  • Hammamet Fellow (British Council)
  • Member of Policy Advisory Board, Manchester Urban Institute.
  • Honorary citizen of City of Jeonju, South Korea
  • Global Fellowship – Norfolk Trust (2008-09)

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