Tony Travers

LGC Summit Speakers

 Tony Travers

Tony Travers

LSE London , Director

Tony Travers is Director of British Government at LSE, a programme at the London School of Economics.  He is also a professor in the LSE’s Government Department and co-director of LSE London.  His key research interests include public finance, local/ regional government and London government.  He has recently been an advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and also the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.  

He was a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund from 1999 to 2004, and also a member of the Arts Council’s Touring Panel during the late 1990s.  From 1992 to 1997, he was a member of the Audit Commission.   He was a member of the Urban Task Force Working Group on Finance. 

He is a research board member of the Centre for Cities and a board member of the New Local Government Network. He is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy.  He chaired the London Finance Commission (2012-13) and was a member of the City Growth Commission (2013-14), and also a member of the CIPFA/LGA Independent Commission on Local Government Finance (2014-15).

He chaired the Wolverhampton Skills & Employment Commission (2014-15) and, previously, the Waltham Forest Growth Commission (2013-14) and was also a member of the Mayor of London’s Tottenham Task Force (2011-12). He has been a member of independent commissions in Shropshire (2009, primary schools), Cambridgeshire (2009, transport) and Reading (2008, transport). 

He recently chaired an independent commission examining local government finance in Wales.     

He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing   How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.  Most recently, he published London’s Boroughs at 50. 

He also broadcasts and writes for the national press.

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