About the Commissioners

The Prime Minister has announced that a general election will be held on 4th July 2024. Following the general election, it will be for the next Government to make future decisions regarding the Best Value intervention. This means that, as of the 9th June 2024, Commissioner appointments and the Best Value intervention at Liverpool City Council will cease. This page will be updated with final documents in due course.


  • Mike Cunningham

    Lead Commissioner – Mike Cunningham QPM

    Mike has been involved in policing for more than 30 years, most recently as Chief Executive of the College of Policing from 2018 – 2020, the standards setting body for policing in England and Wales. Formerly one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary, inspecting forces in the north of England and Northern Ireland, and the national lead inspector for the development and implementation of inspections into police efficiency, legitimacy and leadership, and Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police.

  • Neil Gibson

    Highways Commissioner - Neil Gibson

    Neil is the former Executive Director of Transport Economy and Environment for Buckinghamshire County Council, where he also acted for a time as Interim Chief Executive. Neil is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and former President of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport.

  • Deborah McLaughlin

    Regeneration Commissioner - Deborah McLaughlin

    Deborah has extensive experience working in Regeneration and Housing for over 30 years across public and private sectors, including as Director of Housing at Manchester City Council, regional director for the North West at Homes England and Director of Capita’s real estate business. Deborah has also previously worked at the Audit Commission as a Best Value Inspector and auditor.

  • Stephen Hughes

    Finance Commissioner - Stephen Hughes

    Stephen has a wealth of experience managing large complex and diverse organisations as both Chief Executive and Director of Finance. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Housing and Care 21 and HS2 Ltd, where he is also Chair of the Audit Committee. His previous experience includes his role as Interim Chief Executive at Bristol City Council, Interim Strategic Director of Resources at the London Borough of Brent, Interim Executive Director for the Local Government Association and Chief Executive at Birmingham City Council. Stephen is CIPFA qualified.

  • Chief of Staff

    The commissioner team will be accompanied by a Civil Servant, Chief of Staff, Ellie Smyllie.

Previous Commissioners

  • Joanna Killian

    Local Government Improvement Commissioner - Joanna Killian

    Joanna has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector delivering transformational change and service improvement. Since March 2018, she has been Chief Executive of Surrey County Council. Prior to this, Joanna worked at KPMG and was also Chief Executive of Essex County Council for 9 years. Joanna stepped away from her role as Commissioner in March 2024 in order to take up her new role of Chief Executive of the Local Government Association.