Director for Analysis and Innovation
Department for Communities and Local Government
As Director for Analysis and Innovation at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Stephen Aldridge’s responsibilities cover strategic analysis of DCLG policy areas (including localism and decentralisation, local economic growth, housing and planning, cities, local public services, troubled families and other issues), and innovation (both developing new ways of working across the Department that promote innovation and creativity, and identifying and disseminating new ideas and thinking that could improve policy and deliver better for less). Stephen also leads on deregulation for DCLG.
A government economist as well as strategist by background, Stephen has worked in various Whitehall departments including the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury, the (former) Department for Trade and Industry, the (former) Department of the Environment and the Office of Fair Trading. In the Cabinet Office he worked in the Cabinet Secretariats and in the Strategy Unit (first as Chief Economist and then as Director). He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 2007 Birthday Honours list.