Paul O’Brien is the Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE). Based in Manchester, APSE has 250 local authorities in membership.

Paul is currently on the MHCLG working party, writing the National Litter Strategy for England. He is also a member of the MHCLG Parks Action Group. He was the independent facilitator of the Northern Ireland Local Government Reform Joint Forum.

He has represented APSE on the Scottish Executive Health and Physical Activity Council, the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers, Strategic Partnership Taskforce, Trading and Charging working party and the Local Government Procurement Forum.

Paul was named in the LGC magazine’s 100 most influential in local government. He is a columnist with the MJ magazine and regular contributor to numerous local government publications.

He was a member of the Guardian’s Local Government Network Advisory Board. He was also a board member on the partnership which delivered the ODPM’s National Councillor Mentoring Programme.

Paul was previously APSE’s Principal Advisor (Scotland), and has over 30 years’ experience in local government. He is a Fellow with the Royal Society of the Arts. He is currently studying for a PHD at De Montfort University, having previously completed an MBA at Glasgow Caledonian University.