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Our People

There are too many people to mention involved in LocalGov Drupal. Here's a selection from all of our disciplines. 

 

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Will Callaghan

Will Callaghan

Our Product & Project Lead, Will has previously worked at the Government Digital Service on Search and moving central government departments to GOV.UK. He's also held senior roles at Adur & Worthing, Brighton & Hove, Croydon and Cumbria councils.

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Mark Conroy

Mark Conroy

Mark is Director of Development at Annertech and an expert front-end developer, a Drupal core maintainer and a regular speaker at DrupalCon events. He does amazing work on theming LocalGov Drupal.                                                                 

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Ben Hills-Jones

Ben Hills-Jones

Ben is a Senior Content Designer who has worked in content/UX since 2006, with roles in the private and public sector including several with LocalGov Drupal. You'll find many of his how-to videos in our documentation and resources. 

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Kate Hurr

Kate Hurr

Kate is Senior Manager for Digital and Customer Experience at Cumbria County Council. She has been a passionate advocate of LocalGov Drupal since Discovery, and is an active member of our steering group. 

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Finn Lewis

Finn Lewis

Finn is Technical Director at supplier agency agile collective and our technical lead. He is a hugely experienced web developer, technical project manager and scrum master. He brings an immense love of all things Drupal, open source and co-operative to all he does.

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Melanie Read

Melanie Read

Melanie is Head Of Digital at London Borough of Waltham Forest. Her digital team have been amazing contributors to our work, most recently leading the content lifecycle working group. They are also very keen on Solr search. 

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Tom Steel

Tom Steel

Tom is the Website product manager at Croydon Council. Without him and the terrific backing from Croydon Council, LocalGov Drupal would never have got started. 

 

Thank you!

We've been overwhelmed by the support LocalGov Drupal has received down the years. Here's a roll call of people we'd like to thank.

The early days

Alick Mighall for insisting that we open source Brighton & Hove's Drupal 8 code.

Ali Brady, then head of Brighton & Hove's Digital First programme, for agreeing and pushing the idea forward.

Our brilliant original product team - Ayce Allchorn, Lana Bozovic, Thomas Davies, Lorna Howes and colleagues from Clearleft.

Neil Lawrence, then Oxford and now Dorset, who was the first person from another council to wholeheartedly support open sourcing our work.

Two councils agree to work together

Tom Steel, Website Product Manager at Croydon, who jumped at the chance of reviewing the Brighton & Hove platform, recommending it for re-use, then committing his team to the task of working through common needs.

Neil Williams, Dave Briggs and Annie Heath at Croydon for their unequivocal support.

Phil Newberry and Andy Wallis at Brighton & Hove for agreeing to work with Croydon on shared Drupal code.

The Croydon product team that picked up the work and led us forward - Adnan Muhammad, Ben Hills-Jones, Chris Stevens, Corinne Pinfold, Chris O'Leary, Design Dave Hamilton, Naomi Charles, Steph Wilson, and Mira Galati. Also thanks to the council's wider team of content designers Angie Forson, Adam Ranger and Amelia Walker for adopting LocalGov Drupal and giving us great feedback.

Discovery onwards

Everyone at our funder, the Local Digital Collaboration Unit at DLUHC - led by Paul Maltby and May-N Leow with Matt Wood-Hill, Mark Carlsson, and Ben Cheetham. Plus everyone who collaborated on the Local Digital Declaration without which this project would not have happened.

All of the councils who made a leap of faith by joining our initial DLUHC funded project - Colin Stenning from Bracknell Forest, Kate Hurr from Cumbria, John Edwards from Lambeth, Oliver Hannan and Courtney Allen from London Councils, Alasdair Maclean from Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Agile Collective for technical and governance work - led by Finn Lewis with Aaron Hirtenstein, Stephen Cox, Ekes, Ian Bellchambers and Sally Varne. The team continued to Beta where we were joined by Maria Young, Richard Rowley and James Hall.

DXW for product and research work - amazing insights led by Ert Erol and John Waterworth.

Andrew Katz from Moorcrofts for being a fount of legal knowledge.

Telltale Research for detailed insights during our Beta - led by Alex Clark.

Data Content Reach for the serious sharpening up of our comms - led by Michael Wignall and Tim Hunt.

Annertech for being the second Drupal supplier to regularly contribute to LocalGov Drupal. Particularly thanks to Mark Conroy for his great work on the new base theme and regular Twitch streams.

David Siddall from Waltham Forest for being the first person from a council to suggest and lead a working group - Content lifecycle and workflow - that's gone on to deliver features we're deploying now.

John Edwards, formerly of Lambeth Council, for the first public use of LocalGov Drupal with lambeth.gov.uk (narrowly beating Croydon).

Waldo Jaquith for being our first friend across the Atlantic, by backing us and supporting with excellent advice.

 

If you would like to find out more or have any questions just drop us a line at hello@localgovdrupal.org. We are always happy to chat about LocalGov Drupal, provide a demo of the platform, or show how councils are using it.