Our leadership team

Our leadership team

The Publica Board is made up of four Executive Directors and five Non-Executive Directors. This provides a great balance of accountability, Council knowledge and external experience and insight.




David NeudeggDavid Neudegg - Managing Director

David joined West Oxfordshire as their Chief Executive in 2007 having previously held senior roles in Salisbury and Poole. In 2008, he became shared Chief Executive with Cotswold District Council leading the extensive shared services agenda for the two councils. In 2015 he was appointed Managing Director of the 2020 Partnership to lead the programme of shared services for the four councils and has recently been confirmed as the Managing Director for Publica.



Sue PangbourneSue Pangbourne - Executive Director

Sue joined Forest of Dean District Council in 2008 as Strategic Director and has been the Council’s Head of Paid Service since 2009. She has previously worked for three other local authorities at Unitary, County and District level, in environmental and corporate policy roles, before becoming a senior manager. Before her local government career, she was the first employee of Friends of the Earth Cymru (Wales), supporting local authorities and other organisations with their environmental projects and recycling schemes. Sue has recently been appointed as Publica’s Director for Service Delivery.


Frank WilsonFrank Wilson - Executive Director

Frank has worked in local government finance for 32 years, with 11 years as Chief Financial Officer at West Oxfordshire District Council, the last eight of which have been shared with Cotswold District Council. He has led the Councils’ approach to efficiency across a number of workstreams including commercialisation. For the last two years he has been Head of Paid Service for both Councils and will lead on finance and resources for Publica.



Christine GoreChristine Gore - Executive Director

Christine joined the partnership as Strategic Director for both West Oxfordshire and Cotswold in June 2015. Before then she was Director of Business Services at Aberdeenshire Council. Previously she was the Director of Planning and Environmental Services, and also Corporate Services at Aberdeenshire Council. She has also worked for several local authorities including South Oxfordshire, Waveney, Manchester and Liverpool City. Christine has operated at a Director level for over 14 years (10 of which with a Planning focus). She is a qualified Planner and has extensive further post-graduate qualifications in management and business studies.


David BrooksDavid Brooks - Chairman – Non Exec Director

David has worked in the food industry for nearly 30 years including nine years with Brake Bros and 11 in the baking industry. Between 2002 and 2008 he was Chief Executive of Finsbury Food Group plc. He left this role in 2008 and decided to undertake a Non-Executive portfolio of work, which also included a four year spell as the Chief Executive of Sussex County Cricket Club, cricket being one of his passions. He said the role of NED for Publica Group looked interesting and it resonated with him as his first job was at Kent County Council as a trainee accountant.


Steve Anderson DixonSteve Anderson Dixon - Non Exec Director

Steve has nearly 40 years’ experience in the media, with 28 years for Northcliffe Media where he was Divisional Managing Director responsible for print and digital titles across the South West & Wales including The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, and five years at Trinity Mirror where he was Chief Operating Officer and responsible for all the regional newspapers and websites. He now has a portfolio of Non-Executive roles including the British Veterinary Association. In addition Steve runs a property investment business with his wife.


James TownerJames Towner - Non Exec Director

James works for Capita as a Strategic Engagement Director. He has spent more than 20 years working in customer service transformation for organisations including Thames Water and HSBC. He was Chief Operating Officer for the Research Council’s shared service centre, when the seven UK Research Councils created a new approach to sharing services.



Rosa StewartRosa Stewart - Non Exec Director

Rosa is an energy and climate change professional with over 10 years’ of experience in public and private sectors, most recently as Senior Civil Servant at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Currently she is Head of External Relations at the energy supplier SSE. She is also an Energy Policy Panel member at the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a member of the Steering Committee of the Conservative Environment Network. She is a qualified solicitor by professional background.


Paul McCloskeyPaul McCloskey - Non Exec Director

With a background in mathematics and engineering, Paul brings a wealth of experience in managing organisational change and development, and IT security in a range of organisations from Royal Mail to BT plc and in the charitable sector. As a councillor he has been a vice chair of licencing and sat on numerous committees and panels from planning to treasury management.





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