Andy Sawford provides strategic advice and senior counsel to Connect’s clients on media and political strategy, issues management and crisis communications. He has specialist knowledge and strong networks in local government. He draws on his experiences as a former MP (representing Corby between 2012-2015) and serving as a shadow minister and select committee member. Prior to this, he was chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit think tank. Sawford’s other past roles include vice president of the Local Government Association, trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny and board chair of Local Energy Ltd, a social enterprise business. He has also served as a councillor and local authority cabinet member and worked in the European Parliament.