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 education, children’s social care and children’s mental health as well as 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.
Jonah Munn, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser
Jonah is the LGA’s public affairs lead on housing, planning and building safety. Jonah also leads on issues relating to the environment, devolution, and works to support the Devolution All Party Parliamentary Group. Prior to joining the LGA, Jonah worked for a top 5 UK public affairs consultancy, a major political party, and as a parliamentary researcher to frontbench Members of Parliament.
Megan Edwards, Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser
Megan is the LGA’s public affairs lead on community safety, covering issues such as licensing, regulation, counter-terrorism and 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.
Carlotta Rauch, Public Affairs Support Officer
Carlotta provides support across the public affairs team, leading on informing the LGA’s membership of its parliamentary activity, political monitoring and supporting in the delivery of key events in Parliament and with stakeholders. Carlotta joined the LGA in September 2021, having previously worked for an MP providing constituency and parliamentary support.