Michael Hughes is an independent policy adviser focussing on local public services. He is also a member of the Healthwatch England committee, and book reviews editor for Local Government Studies.
Until May 2012 Michael was Director of Studies and Knowledge at the Audit Commission. He commissioned and directed national studies on value for money and local policy issues. Michael represented non-academic research users on the ESRC research resources board.
Before working for the Audit Commission, Michael worked for the Institute of Local Government Studies, and was its director from 2004-2006. At Inlogov, Michael led on the evaluation of local government procurement, and provided advice to the Department of Health’s review of modernising adult social care. He developed modules on public service performance and on marketing for the postgraduate teaching programme.
Michael has also worked for the Local Government Management Board, Birmingham City Council, and the Trades Union Congress.
Michael has researched and written on a wide range of public policy and management issues over the last three decades. He has advised local and central government, trade unions, and organisations that champion better, evidence-led, local public services.