About us

The Industrial Communities Alliance is the local authority association campaigning on behalf of councils in the industrial areas of England, Scotland and Wales. Our areas include many of the most deprived in the country, with a wide range of problems that can be traced back to job loss and economic restructuring, including former textile, shipbuilding and manufacturing areas.

The Alliance was formed in 2007 from the merger of the longer-standing associations covering coal and steel areas.

The Alliance builds on nearly twenty-five years experience of effective lobbying to promote the economic, social and environmental renewal of the areas covered by its member authorities, working in Westminster, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Brussels. Over sixty local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales make up the membership of the Industrial Communities Alliance.


  • To articulate the needs of Britain's industrial areas to a wide range of government, parliamentary and EU bodies.

  • To attract resources to assist in the economic, social and environmental regeneration of these areas.

  • To press for balanced growth within and between regions.

  • To provide a framework for information sharing and collaborative working between member authorities.




  • The Industrial Communities Alliance is first and foremost a lobbying organisation.

  • We place emphasis on robust background research, and sound, deliverable proposals.

  • We talk to ministers, civil servants, MPs, government agencies, the EU and others and we listen to our member authorities.

  • We work with Westminster, the devolved administrations in Edinburgh and Cardiff, and with Brussels.

  • We seek to engage with all levels of government to deliver the right structures and the right policies for our areas.



Chair: Cllr Terry O'Neill (Warrington)

Senior Vice Chair: Cllr Russell Imrie (Midlothian)

Vice Chairs: Cllr Robin Franklin (Barnsley) and Cllr Keith Cunliffe (Wigan)

Hon Secretary: Cllr Alan Napier (Durham)

Hon Treasurer: Cllr Steve Manion (Dover)


Scotland: Cllr Altany Craik (Fife) and Roddy MacDonald (Director, Alliance Scotland)

North East: Cllr Alan Napier (Durham) and Glenn Martin (Durham)

Yorkshire and Humber: Cllr Robin Franklin (Barnsley) and Martin Beasley (Barnsley)

North West: Cllr Keith Cunliffe (Wigan) and Giles Lockyear (Wigan)

Midlands and Southern: Cllr Steve Manion (Dover) and Jonathan Gibson (Alliance Secretariat)

Wales: Cllr David White (Bridgend) and Peter Slater (Director, Alliance Wales)


Professor Steve Fothergill (National Secretary)

Dr Joan Dixon (Principal Policy Officer)

Phil O’Mara (Campaigns Officer)

Jonathan Gibson (Research and Lobbying Assistant)