Jonathan is a Partner in the Central Government Practice.

He specialises in recruiting Chief Executive, Director, and Heads of Service appointments across local authorities and at their interface with the commercial sector. This includes regeneration and economic development bodies, special purpose arm’s-length trading companies and partnership bodies.

Jonathan has recruited to a number of significant roles across all tiers of Local Government nationally. He is supported by his PA Yvonne Bailey.

He has experience across Children’s and Adult services at Director and Assistant Director level, particularly in the areas of safeguarding and operations within councils and in emergent trading companies; across economic development, enterprise and regeneration, both within local authorities and in special purpose vehicles and similarly across the full range of corporate services both internally and in joint venture or externalised bodies.

He has successfully helped candidates transition between sectors and has coached and developed aspirant directors in the Children’s and Adult services domain.

I enjoy enabling public service organisations to build great executive teams and seize the opportunities afforded through transformational leadership.

Jonathan is an English graduate and spent his early career in the Army. He is an aspirant rower, keeper of terriers, and supporter of veterans’ charities.

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2024: Our Predictions for Local Government

2024 will be an interesting time for Local Government. Jonathan Clark, Partner and Head of our Government Practice, discusses his predictions for the trends, challenges and opportunities for the sector over the next 12 months.

Lessons from Asia Pacific

As we adapt and improvise to overcome a dynamic and unfolding set of challenging circumstances one may be surprised by the volume (noise and quantum) of unhelpful chatter and lightweight content on social and not-so-social media channels right now. There’s a lot of pointing out and shouting, but a marked absence of considered analysis and deduction to address the ‘so what’ question. Hearing how my colleagues in markets and economies ahead of us on the COVID-19 curve have continued to go about their business struck me as being useful perspective to share.

Adapting to a new normal

Together we are all currently facing unique, unprecedented and challenging circumstances – personally and professionally