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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



Brian Devlin – APSE Associate

Brian has over 30 years’ experience in Local Government and several years’ experience in the Commercial Sector - including 15 years at Executive Director and board level.

He has led on a number of major service and place-based transformation projects, created and implemented a number of public/private joint venture partnerships, and devised and implemented new and innovative service models in both the public and private sectors. He has also led on devising and implementing cutting edge commercial strategies whilst working in both the public and private sector establishing a number of internal trading vehicles in local government and successful commercial joint ventures whilst in the private sector.

Brian had both strategic experience and operational responsibility for many local service functions working latterly for a number of years as Executive Director in a large City authority. Brian led on the commercialisation of services ensuring value for money working across public/private sector boundaries and insourcing much needed capital and revenue funding by thinking doing and acting differently.

Most recently Brian was leading on the Smart Cities Infrastructure and IOT  agenda working across traditional public sector boundaries looking at innovative funding investment models for new intelligent city infrastructure and how frontline services can capture and capitalise in making best use of emerging technologies in support of their commercial offering.

Brian holds an MBA, Diploma in Management Studies, a Post graduate certificate in Electronic Business and is a qualified coach.




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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