Matthew Hamilton, Director

Matthew Hamilton joined the DCN in July 2016. As Director, Matthew provides the policy, strategic and operational oversight for the District Councils’ Network.

Matthew spent over 10 years at the Department of Health, where he worked directly with Ministers in the Private Offices of John Hutton and Lord Crisp. Matthew has also led the team that took a Bill through Parliament creating the Care Quality Commission, headed up the team that created the NHS Constitution and was the policy lead for the Prime Ministers Commission on nursing and midwifery which published a groundbreaking report on the future of nursing and midwifery.

Since leaving the Department of Health, Matthew has provided the executive leadership for the Councils of Deans of Health, a membership organisation of over 85 Universities delivering health education and research. Matthew has also worked at for the Royal College of Nursing where he has provided advice and  leadership on European and international issues

Tel: 0207 664 3049

Pippa Rugman, Senior Policy and Research Officer

Pippa joined the District Councils’ Network in 2017. As policy and research officer, she offers support on a broad range of issues and has a particular focus on the role of district councils in health and wellbeing.

Pippa studied MSc Politics at the University of Southampton before moving into local government in 2014. Pippa started as graduate trainee within legal and democratic services before progressing to deputy electoral services manager.


Tel: 0207 664 3050

Brogan Kear, Events and Administration Officer

Brogan joined the DCN in January 2018. She oversees all day-to-day administration, alongside organising meetings, conferences and other DCN events.

Brogan studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and has previously worked in the NHS, in the office of a Member of Parliament, and as a freelancer in news and political media.

Brogan is the first point of contact at the DCN, responding to queries from our members.

Tel: 0207 664 3048

Alan Harris, Press Officer

Alan provides communications advice and support to the DCN

Tel: 0207 664 3147