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The Peer Team

Peer challenge involves a small team of local government peers spending time at the council to provide challenge and share learning.

The Peer Team will comprise the following Officers / Members:

  • Yvonne Rees - Chief Executive at Mole Valley District Council (Lead Chief Executive)
  • Cllr Tony Jackson - Leader of East Hertfordshire District Council (Lead Member)
  • Jason Vaughan - Strategic Director on the Dorset Partnership (Peer Team Member)
  • Emily Marmion - LGA National Graduate Programme (Shadowing Peer Team Member)
  • Paul Clarke - Local Government Association (LGA Peer Team Member)

Yvonne Rees is Chief Executive of Mole valley DC, (2012) and also holds the joint position of Strategic Director of Customer and Communities at Surrey County Council, (2009).  Yvonne has been the Surrey District and Borough Councils lead for the ambitious Three Southern Counties (3SC) devolution submission to central Government, coordination of 26 local authorities, 3 LEP's, 12 CCG's and two Police Forces.

Councillor Anthony Jackson Tony was first elected as a Councillor in 1999 for East Herts Council serving on the Policy & Finance and Environment Committees.  Tony became Council Leader in 2006, where he oversaw regeneration plans for a major town and reduced Council Tax between 2011 and 2015, whilst ensuring key service standards were maintained.  Tony stepped down as Council Leader in 2015 but has remained the Executive member for overseeing the Councils' shared service agenda.

Jason Vaughan is a Strategic Director for Dorset Councils Partnerships, three Councils working together with a shared workforce.  Jason is Section 151 officer for the three Councils within the partnership and strategic lead for Transformation of the Partnership, including customer access, channel shift, enabling technology, SMART working and commercialisations which has delivered significant financial savings.

Emily Marmion, National Management Trainee at Reading Council is in her second year of the local government graduate scheme, the National Graduate Development Programme. In Emily's first year in Reading, Emily worked in the corporate centre, first on a number of inter-departmental projects, including developing procedure for the Modern Slavery Act, Prevent Duty and Welfare Reform.  Secondly, Emily worked for the Local Strategic Partnership on one of their priority projects, to join up frontline services around vulnerable individuals. 

Paul Clarke is the LGA Programme Manager for the south west.  Paul manages most of the LGA's peer challenge activity in the region and works with many councils in terms of improvement support.  Paul has worked for the LGA for 15 years.  His background is in HR/OD and he has worked in several councils during the course of his career.

Last modified: 21 February 2017