Mark Upton, Consultant

Mark Upton has over 20 years experience in Central Government in strategy development, public policy and programme management.

He has worked on high profile programmes such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and, as Programme Manager, the Government’s local e-government programme. Mark has led policy portfolios on public service reform and on public-private partnerships as well as leading on significant projects in the areas of regeneration, housing, planning, public procurement, local government and the third sector.

Ahead of the last General Election Mark advised the Board of a Whitehall department on the different political and policy scenarios and helped that Department prepare for a change of Government.

Mark has been a member of a number of advisory panels for the Audit Commission and for various think tank reports and was a member of the Department of Health’s Ministerial Taskforce on Third Sector Health Commissioning. He was also the lead assessor for the 2009 Beacon Council Award for Strategic Commissioning.

Mark is an experienced public speaker on various public platforms including the Guardian’s Public Services Summit and at conferences organised by the Local Government Chronicle and think thanks such as the New Local Government Network.

Mark is currently an Associate at the think tank and membership organisation the Local Government Information Unit.