Policy & Strategy Group

The Strategy & Policy Group comprises officers from county area local authorities and is organised and supported by the County Councils Network. The group meets on a quarterly basis in Westminster, holding discussions with Senior Civil Servants, policy makers and influencers, think-tanks and national stakeholders.


The group exists in order to:

  • Advise CCN and ACCE on the development of advocacy positions and policy
  • influence emerging policy (locally and nationally)
  • network, share best practice, information and ideas about the national scene with a particular focus on corporate support activities
  • provide development opportunities for group members.

The success of the network depends on all of its members contributing fully to the information exchange and to our business meetings and conferences. Ideas about new ways of working are encouraged and welcomed.


Chairman of the S&P Group – Andrew Donaldson (Staffordshire County Council)

Vice Chairman of the S&P Group Advisory Group – James Maker (Head of Policy & Communications, CCN)

Secretary/coordinator of the S&P Group – James Holden (Senior Policy Officer, CCN) – james.holden@local.gov.uk or 0207 664 3037 for more information about ACCE or the S&PG.