Nick Porter, Director

Nick joined the District Councils’ Network in June 2019 on secondment from the Local Government Association. He provides policy, strategic and operational oversight for the Network.

Nick has worked in local government for over 10 years. In this time he has led on a range of policy issues including housing, planning and homelessness, youth employment and skills, high streets and EU structural funds. Last year he was identified as a rising star in the MJ’s 40 under 40 feature.

Tel 0207 664 3113

Pippa Rugman, Senior Policy and Research Officer (Interim Director)

Pippa joined the District Councils’ Network in 2017 and is currently the Interim Director of the DCN providing the policy, strategic and operational oversight for the District Councils’ Network.

In her substantive post as senior 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

Emily Schofield, Projects and Research Officer

Emily joined the District Councils’ Network in September 2018 and is on secondment from one of our member councils. She provides support on all DCN projects and assists in responses on numerous policy areas, with a specialism on environmental policy.

Emily has worked in Local Government for over 10 years, having worked in communications, environmental health, environmental services and transformation in a number of district councils.

Tel: 0207 664 3176

Stephen Froome, Events and Engagement Officer

Stephen joined the DCN in June 2019 and works on our events and engagement with the districts, and is the DCN’s first point of contact.

Having graduated with a politics degree, Stephen’s first role was in local government as a graduate planning officer at a county council working on major infrastructure projects, liaison with districts and planning policy.

After this role, he worked at a policy conference company for two years as a researcher, planning and researching senior-level conferences on a variety of topics including housing, devolution, regional development and infrastructure.

Tel: 0207 664 3048

Alan Harris, Press Officer

Alan provides communications advice and support to the DCN.

Tel: 0207 664 3147