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Mel is an APSE Associate working closely with APSE Solutions specialising in Environmental Services, Parks and Open Spaces, Commercial and Business support, Procurement, Contracts Management and Leisure.

He has held senior roles within the local government arena for some 28 years managing large front line workforces and the strategic development of a wide range of environmental and business support services.  He led successfully the commercialisation of front line services at 3 authorities.

Having served on the CLG’s strategic board as the local authority elected representative, he has been involved in the development of national policies and strategies. He has developed high level strategies for parks and open spaces, procurement and commercialisation, the latter council-wide.

Over his career he has secured high levels of external funding from a range of sources, with a 100% success record in funding applications and tendering for "In House" services.


Mel Henley 

APSE Associate

Fiona oversees APSE’s training arm, developing and designing training to enrich the knowledge and skills which underpin modern, flexible local government.  On a personal and professional level, Fiona is committed to supporting authorities with their approaches to tackling climate change. As well as being an experienced trainer and facilitator, with nearly 30 years’ experience of working across the public sector, Fiona has managed a range of projects, programmes and services.  In recent years, Fiona’s work has centered on collaborative leadership and insight and intelligence. Fiona is qualified in Prince2 and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes). She has a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (DMS) from Leeds Business School, a PGCE in Secondary Education from Edge Hill University and a BA (Hons) in Communication Arts from the University of Huddersfield. 

Fiona joined APSE at the beginning of December 2019 and is keen to support members with their training and development needs. 

Fiona can be contacted on: 0161 772 1810 |  fsuttonwilson@apse.org.uk


Fiona Sutton-Wilson 

Head of APSE Training


    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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