Sir Merrick Cockell will be joining PA Consulting Group to support its work within local public services.
As outgoing Chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Sir Merrick brings a practical understanding of the challenges faced by local government across the UK. Since 1986 he has been a Councillor for Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough Council, where he previously held the position of Education Chairman and Chief Whip before becoming Leader of the Council from 2000 until 2013.
Sir Merrick’s political and public service career spans almost 30 years. He was Chairman of London Councils 2006-10 and Chairman of the Conservative Councillors' Association for four years, as well as holding a seat on the Conservative Party Board and serving on the Audit Commission Board. He helped found and was a Governor of the Chelsea Academy until 2013 and is Deputy Chairman of the London Pensions Fund Authority.
David Rees, head of local government services at PA Consulting Group, comments: “"I am delighted that Sir Merrick will be joining PA. He is a highly respected figure within central and local government and brings a wealth of experience and insight that will further strengthen our work with local public services. We are very much looking forward to Sir Merrick joining the team.”
Sir Merrick added: “PA Consulting Group is at the forefront of breaking down barriers between the public and private sectors and encouraging new approaches to co-operation. Having been part of the ongoing transformation of local public services, I am looking forward to working with such an innovative organisation.”
Sir Merrick will join PA on a part-time basis when he steps down from the LGA chairmanship on 8 July 2014.
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