Sally has had a wide ranging career in policy and strategy development in the Civil Service and local government, particularly focusing on policies to tackle poverty and disadvantage. Originally joining HM Treasury as an economist, she worked on a range of microeconomic and policy issues before joining the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Social Exclusion Unit in 2002. From 2004-07 She led the secretariat for Sir Michael Lyons’ Inquiry examining local government and how it is funded. She worked at the Department of Children, Schools and Families (then Education) working on children in care and early intervention policy, from 2007-2012 before joining LGA in 2012. As Head of Policy she leads the LGA’s work on social policy issues, bringing a deep understanding of the national perspective and the evidence about policy and practice and “what works” to improve outcomes in local communities.