Past Projects

Mark Upton has led a number of significant projects including:

  • Identifying the key ways in which English councils could lever in private investment into social housing
  • Developing policy and funding options for regeneration in the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review
  • Writing the official Government response to the public consultation on the Coalition Agreement on Communities and Local Government issues
  • Leading a programme of activity and policy advice (e.g. policy and legislative priorities, political philosophies) helping a Whitehall department to prepare for the change of Government in the 2010 General Election
  • Conducting a supplier risk assessment of the local government public services market in light of the 2008/09 economic downturn
  • Helping to formulate the Government’s initial strategy on Total Place and Total Capital
  • Writing the statutory Government guidance on best value and commissioning
  • Commissioning and co-authored a study into the future prospects for the local government public services markets
  • Putting in place an evidential framework for re-positioning the Government’s Local Government capacity building programmes and investment
  • Programme Managing the £350m local e-government programme and in doing so securing an additional £180m through the Comprehensive Spending Review
  • Leading the negotiations on the Government’s interests in the flotation of Kingston Communications plc
  • Conceiving and developing the programme for the Strategic Partnering Taskforce to promote the development of Strategic Service delivery Partnerships between local authorities and the private sector
  • Reviewing the Local Government legal framework to identify ways to promote partnership working through legislative change