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Meet our speakers

Find out who will be speaking at the APSE Annual Seminar 2019 below.

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Keep up-to-date with the latest speaker announcements by checking this page regularly.


  • Cllr Julie Simpson 

    Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, co-vice chair of APSE’s Northern Region

    Cllr Julie Simpson is co-vice chair of APSE’s northern region and a long-serving councillor on Gateshead council serving on the Care, Health & Wellbeing Overview Scrutiny Committee; the Communities Place Overview and Scrutiny Committee; and the Appeals Committee. Julie is passionate about local public services and is an experienced local government officer in addition to her role as a councillor. Julie has also held the role of Chair of APSE Facilities Management Advisory Group which works to primarily support the provision of school meals; a role which also sees APSE provide on-going secretariat support to the All-party Parliamentary Group on School Food.

  • Andy Mudd

    Head of APSE Solutions

    Andy Mudd is the Head of Solutions, the consultancy arm of APSE. The consultancy works with local government clients throughout the UK and across all service areas. APSE solutions also provides interim managers, drawing on a large pool of expertise. Andy joined APSE in 1999 as a Principal Advisor and before joining APSE, he played a role in the development of Best Value through leading Bradford's Best Value pilot and representing the pilot authorities on the then DETR's Best Value Steering Group. He holds a Master’s degree in social policy from the LSE and has worked in housing, social work, youth work and the voluntary sector. Contact Andy on amudd@apse.org.uk.

  • Cllr Tracey Dixon 

    South Tyneside Council, co-vice chair of APSE’s Northern Region

    Cllr Dixon is the Lead member for Independence and Wellbeing on South Tyneside Council and is co-vice chair of APSE’sNorthern Region and an APSE Advisory Group chair.

    Tracey is married with two children, and has had a career in hotel management before moving to support the development of a family restaurant business. Tracey has a keen interest in the needs of younger and older generations. She is also passionate about improving public services at a local level.

  • Anita Brown

    Service Manager, Stockton-on-Tees Council

    Anita has over 30 years’ service with Local Authority Direct Services and is currently Head of Catering & Building Cleaning at Stockton Borough Council, responsible for the provision of School Meals, Civic, Leisure Catering and Building Cleaning within the Authority. Anita began her career within Education in 1981 as a trainee School Cook. Having worked through the ranks in all areas she has been in her current post for 18 years. Her determination and experience have led the team to collect many accolades including the team being shortlisted for APSE Catering team of the year for the last 6 years, winning twice. Anita is responsible for around 500 employees, the biggest area being School Catering .

  • Derek McCallan

    Chief Executive, NILGA

    Derek McCallan has been Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association since April 2011.  Derek is responsible for advising / supporting the NILGA political leaders, Executive and 90 elected members, taking forward policy and legislation as the representative body of the 11 councils, this includes negotiations with central government departments and agencies. Derek represents NILGA within the Local Government Group as part of the UK/devolved assembly national body for councils and is contracted by various Departments fulfilling Strategic Migration, EU, Waste Management and other key services for the sector.

    Derek is a graduate in Politics and English from Trinity College, Dublin, and enjoys walking, running, cycling, wine, cheese and Private Eye.

  • Professor Steven Griggs

    Professor in Public Policy, De Montfort University 

    Steven Griggs is Professor in Public Policy at De Montfort University where he is Director of the Local Governance Research Centre. Steven’s research investigates local democratic governance, the delivery of local services, and the mobilisation and evolution of community campaigns (with particular reference to the field of environmental politics). He has undertaken policy development work with a number of local authorities and public sector organisations, as well as undertaking national policy evaluations and contributing to senior management leadership programmes. He is currently participating in an ESRC comparative research study on the impact of austerity on cities and collaborative governance across eight countries. Steven was one of the founding editors of the international journal, Critical Policy Studies


  • Cllr Alison Evison

    President, COSLA

    Alison Evison was first elected in 2012, becoming the first Labour Councillor in Aberdeenshire. In 2015 she became Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure and in 2016 Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, in partnership with the SNP. Alison has served on Aberdeenshire's Community Planning Board and has been a member of the Aberdeen City Region Joint Board. She is an Equalities Champion and served as a Champion for Looked After Children.

    Councillor Evison was elected as the 15th President of COSLA and only the third female President of the organisation in June 2017.

    Alison is also currently Deputy Leader of the Opposition Partnership in Aberdeenshire. She has taken up the First Minister’s Mentoring Challenge to support a female apprentice.





Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.





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