Professor Steve Martin is the Director of the Wales Centre for Public Policy. He works with RCS in a private capacity and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading academic experts on local government policy and public policy evaluation.
Over the last thirty years, Steve has designed and led a series of high-profile studies for government departments and other agencies – in the UK and internationally. He is recognised in particular for his ground-breaking work on Best Value, peer challenge and local government performance improvement.
Steve has served in a range of advisory roles. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the UK Campbell Collaboration Centre. He was a non-executive director of the Improvement and Development Agency from 2003 to 2010, and a trustee of the New Local Government Network from 2006 to 2015. In 2009 he was appointed as the leader of the UK Government’s expert panel on local governance, and in 2005 he was the academic adviser to the independent commission on public service delivery in Wales chaired by Sir Jeremy Beecham. From 2014-2018, he was a member of the Advisory Board of What Works Scotland.
Steve has published more than 90 papers in leading academic journals and more than 150 reports for governments and other agencies. He is co-editor of Policy & Politics and a member of the editorial boards of Public Money & Management and Local Government Studies. He gained a first class honours degree from Oxford University and a Doctorate from Aston University.