Announcement: Staff changes at CLES

The UK’s leading progressive think and do tank, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), has announced key changes to its team with the appointment of a new Associate Director, the departure of its Deputy CEO and news of future opportunities.


Appointment of Frances Jones

CLES is delighted to announce the appointment of Frances Jones who joined CLES as Associate Director on 1st March.

Frances’ experience spans local government, civil society and academia. Previously, she has developed and delivered local government policy and collaborated on national projects to generate new approaches to place leadership, equality and socially-just devolution.

As Associate Director, Frances brings expertise in coproduction, community activism and collaboration to CLES’s work on democratising local economies and reshaping public services.

Commenting on her new role, Frances said:

‘After a decade of working in local government I’m excited to be part of the progressive change championed by CLES. I’m looking forward to supporting people and places across the UK and Europe, who are pioneering progressive, innovative economic and public policy. CLES is unique in recognising these bright spots and working alongside them to amplify, accelerate and expand these changes – turning isolated, incremental shifts into fundamental change.’

Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of CLES, said:

‘I’m am delighted to announce that Frances is joining CLES. It is measure of the organisation’s growing reputation and impactful work around democratising economics that someone of Frances’ calibre was attracted to the organisation. Her in depth knowledge of local government policy alongside her passion for public services and a new municipalist future is a great fit with exciting potential.  I am sure she will make a great contribution to the team, and push CLES on to making an even deeper contribution to advancing good local economies and social justice.’


Deputy CEO Matthew Jackson is moving on

It is with regret that CLES announces that Matthew Jackson will be leaving the organisation. Matthew joined CLES 13 years ago, and over this time, alongside colleagues, he has been instrumental in developing our work and reputation around local wealth building and other key strands of CLES’ progressive policy work.

Matthew’s final day will be the 27th of April, after which he will be taking a short, well-deserved break before moving on to undertake independent work. Matthew will continue to undertake Associate work with CLES, particularly around local wealth building activities.

Commenting on his time with CLES, Matthew said:

‘Working at CLES has been an amazing experience, and it has been a great opportunity for personal and professional development. I have been privileged to work with brilliant colleagues and partners over the years. Now, is an opportune time for the organisation and I trust it will grow from strength to strength.’

Neil McInroy says:

‘Matt has been an excellent colleague, tireless worker and advocate for CLES. Joining the organisation as a researcher 13 years ago, Matt progressed through 4 promotions to become Deputy CEO in 2014. During this time, we have shared countless highs and lows, laughter and tears, successes and challenges, and there is personal sadness in him leaving.

However, the challenge to build socially just and inclusive local economies persists, and the appetite for the amplification of solutions has arrived. Matt will continue to support CLES in its aims, and we wish him all the best as he takes this step to pursue own work.’


Future opportunities

Over the coming months at CLES two additional appointments will be made. Stay informed by signing up to CLES’ fortnightly mailing.