Mel Haslam, Head of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement
Mel holds overall responsibility for the LGA’s public affairs activity which seeks to enhance the reputation of local government within Parliament. This includes overseeing our work lobbying on councils’ key priorities as we work with parliamentarians to inform debates, support the scrutiny of legislation and engage with select committees and all-party parliamentary groups. Mel joined the LGA in 2016, having previously worked for MPs in the House of Commons.
Iredia Oboh, Public Affairs and Communications Manager
Iredia plays a key role in overseeing the delivery of the LGA’s corporate parliamentary engagement and supporting LGA’s Chairman and Chief Executive with their speeches and communications with councils. Iredia joined the LGA in August 2018, having previously worked for the General Medical Council.
Laura Johnson, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser
Laura is the LGA’s public affairs lead on local government finance issues including business rates and fair funding. Laura also leads on community wellbeing, which includes adult social care, public health, mental health, health systems and supported housing, including refugees and unaccompanied children. Laura joined the LGA in April 2019, having previously worked for a political monitoring organisation.
Megan Edwards, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser
Megan is the LGA’s public affairs lead for education, children’s social care and children and young people’s mental health, as well as community safety, which covers issues such as licensing, regulation, counter-terrorism and tackling domestic violence. Megan also leads on employment and jobs; culture, tourism and sport; welfare reform and sector led improvement. Megan joined the LGA in January 2021, having previously worked for an MP.
David O’Sullivan, Public Affairs Support Officer
David supports the Public Affairs team, co-ordinating our Parliamentary and Communications and Parliamentary Network bulletins, as well as keeping tabs on key activity in Parliament of interest to local government, including ministerial questions, debates and committee sessions. David joined the LGA in March 2022, having previously worked in the charity sector.