John Foster CBE

John was a local authority Chief Executive for more than 19 years. He stepped down as Chief Executive of the London Borough of Islington in June 2011 to pursue an active career as an advisor and non-executive director in the public sector. During his career as a Chief Executive, he established high level working relationships with a range of political leaders and was one of the first Chief Executives in local government to work with a directly elected Mayor.

In 2008, John received a CBE for services to local government. Over recent years he has been an adviser to the LGA on Urban Policy, a member of the Government’s Urban Sounding Board, an advisor to the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit, and a board member of the LARCI (Local Authorities and Research Councils’ Initiative). He is currently an accredited peer reviewer for the Local Government Association (LGA), a director of the New Local Government Network (NLGN), Trustee of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Advisor to the Theatre Royal Wakefield.

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