Ian Hudspeth OBE, former leader of Oxfordshire County Council, is the latest recruit to our roster of Cratus Associates. He joins Steve Quartermain CBE, Dame Mary Ney DBE and other recognised experts and practitioners who bring a wealth of experience to help our local authority clients deliver outstanding public services.
Ian was first elected as a county councillor in 2005 and served as leader of the council from 2012 until earlier this year. In addition to these roles, he served as chairman of the Community Wellbeing Board for the Local Government Association and was awarded an OBE for services to Local Government in June 2021.
Our CEO, Nick Kilby said: “I am so pleased to share the news that Ian Hudspeth will be joining as a Cratus Associate. Ian’s wealth of experience across Local Government will be a real asset to Cratus as we look to support local authorities with strategic sector support, member development and growth management. Ian’s understanding of the sector coupled with his desire to aid others in delivering a better quality of life across the country will, I’m sure, prove invaluable for our current and future clients.”
On his appointment, Ian noted: “I am delighted to be joining Cratus as the local environment influences the way we live, work and play – significantly impacting our health. Local Government is at the centre of creating a sustainable local environment and I am looking forward to working with the wonderful Cratus team and local authorities to support thriving communities”
“I look forward to working on the growth agenda which can be delivered in a sustainable way. We all acknowledge we need more quality homes, especially affordable, so we must find ways of delivering sustainable growth. Another passion of mine is health care; the current model needs to be radically reworked to enable us to have a healthier lifestyle within our built environment.”
Welcome to Team Cratus, Ian!
If you would like to find out more about how Ian can help support your local authority, please get in touch with our Advisory Programme Manager, Charlotte Platten.