Jessica Crowe, Executive Director
Jessica Crowe is Executive Director of the Centre for Public Scrutiny, an independent charity founded in 2003 to promote better scrutiny and accountability in decision-making across the public sector.
Prior to joining CfPS in 2006, she was a councillor for eight years in the London Borough of Hackney, where she was Deputy Mayor and part of the team responsible for the turnaround in how the council is run. In July 2010 she became one of three Commissioners appointed by the government to help improve the governance of Doncaster Council.
In 2007-08 she was on the independent Councillors Commission, which investigated the barriers and incentives to becoming an elected councillor. From 2004 to 2008 she was a non-executive director of Homerton University Foundation Hospital Trust.
She has extensive experience in elected and lay member training and adult education and has worked as an adviser to a government minister, the Local Government Association and LGIU. She lives in Hackney with her partner and two children.
Read Jessica's blog on all things scrutiny and accountability.
Tel: 020 7187 7362
Tim Gilling, Deputy Executive Director
Tim has been supporting local authority councillors and the democratic process for over 25 years. He has worked at County and Unitary Councils and rural and urban District Councils, implementing and supporting revised political management arrangements since 2001. Since 2004, Tim has been managing the CfPS support programme for local authority health overview and scrutiny committees.
Tel: 020 7187 7361
Ed Hammond, Research and Information Manager
Ed is responsible for carrying out research projects on public scrutiny issues. Recent work includes research on community budgets, performance management, police and crime panels, work programming and the production and content of O&S annual reports. He is responsible for drafting CfPS's series of policy and skills briefings, and manages CfPS's team of research volunteers.
He is currently leading CfPS's "Accountability Works" campaign. He liaises with regional networks of councillors and scrutiny officers, promoting and sharing best practice, and facilitates regional training events for scrutineers. He also co-manages the work programme for the CfPS Expert Adviser Team, with Tim Gilling.
Tel: 020 7187 7369
Avril Davies, Health Scrutiny Advisor
Avril is a serving councillor and former Primary Care Trust and Community Health Council Chair. She is a political science graduate with a background in social, ethical, and market research with Gallup. Avril is responsible for establishing our new Healthy Accountability Forum and developing a new round of learning through scrutiny funding to OSCs.
Tel: 020 7187 7366
Su Turner, Principal Consultant
Su has worked for Local Government for over 20 years the last 10 years of which have been spent in senior policy and partnership roles. She has experience in a wide range of services which work to improve the health and well-being of local communities; including supporting Elected Members (executive and backbench), and has worked across the NHS and Local Government in a jointly funded post that developed successful partnership working across all sectors.
Su has joined the Centre for Public Scrutiny to lead the development of our programmes examining and promoting the role that Overview and Scrutiny can contribute to tackling Health Inequalities.
Tel: 07795 294052
Dushana Pinfield, Communications and Events Executive
Dushana has overall responsibility for CfPS' marketing, events and communications strategy, including running the CfPS annual conference and other regional scrutiny events. She is committed to raising the profile of the CfPS as a centre of excellence for public scrutiny.
Tel: 020 7187 7363 / 07824 371719
Fateha Begum, Project Co-ordinator
As Project Co-ordinator for the Centre for Public Scrutiny Fateha is responsible for day to day running of the office. She also co-ordinates and supports team members on various projects and activities.
Tel: 020 7187 7362
Laura Freeborn, Project Co-ordinator (Health Programme)
CfPS has a small team of research volunteers, working with us a couple of days a week each for a period of around two months to provide ancillary support to various on-going research projects.