Emma Hall

Centre for Local Economic Strategies appoints new Board Member

CLES, the UK’s leading, independent think and do tank realising progressive economics for people and place, has announced the appointment of Andy Donald to its Board of Trustees.

Andy has spent 25 years working across local government in a range of settings to promote local economic growth, neighbourhood regeneration and large-scale redevelopment. He is currently the Chief Executive of the London Borough of Redbridge, in east London, where he is seeking to drive excellence and re-invent the relationship between the Council and the community within the challenges of austerity.  Andy is the lead Chief Executive in London for Housing and Regeneration.

Mike Chambers: A truly brilliant public servant

All of the CLES staff and board are saddened by the death of Mike Chambers, a previous board member and friend of CLES for many years.

Mike served as a trustee of CLES from August 2009 to May 2017, and brought his extensive local government, public and social sector experience to our work. He was committed to social justice and realising the true impact that economic development can have on people’s lives. In early debates in CLES about economic development, making growth inclusive and ecologically responsible, Mike was instrumental in sowing the seeds for what has become the community wealth building movement. His commitment lives on in the work CLES does today.