About us

Frontline Consulting has worked with all of the Police, Fire and Crime Panels in England and Wales as they have been developing their role of challenge and support to their Police and Crime Commissioner. We have held nine successful national conferences for PCPs, and have supported meetings in three regional PCP Networks. We have delivered and continue to deliver induction and review and development seminars covering PCPs’ statutory duties and promoting innovation, including proactive scrutiny and developing work with the PCC and other partners. We also provide bespoke support. 

Ann Reeder established Frontline Consulting in 2007 to work with councillors in fulfilling their frontline roles and in responding to changes across the publicly funded sector. It has expanded to lead a national project with Police and Crime Panels and the Non-Executive Academy.

Ann also is a Consultant and has been the Regional Advocate for the South of England with the Centre for Public Scrutiny. She is an Associate Tutor and ADSO Regional Assessor with South West Councils and a Consultant with the Local Government Information Unit. She is the clerk to the steering group of the Women's Local Government Society's project 'From suffrage to citizenship', marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. Ann has worked with the Local Government Association including their peer reviews and worked with the former IDeA and the Leadership Centre for Local Government on the Be a councillor and Change of Control programmes.

Ann focuses on governance of councils and other publicly funded organisations. As well as supporting the national project for PCPs, she specialises in local democracy, community engagement and overview and scrutiny, having conducted reviews across the country. She has been an active ward councillor and in the leadership of a London borough and is a parish councillor in Somerset.

ann@frontlineconsulting.co.uk or 07903 964812


Dave Burn is an independent consultant with over 35 years local government experience. He works with a variety of clients, commissions and public bodies and is also an associate with SOLACE, the Local Government Information Unit and Centre for Governance and Scrutiny.

Dave was Head of Democratic Services and Scrutiny at the London of Borough of Lambeth from 2008-2016. He was Vice-Chair of the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO), from 2015 to 2019.  He was an active member of the London Member Development Network, which he formally chaired from 2010-2013. Dave was also a peer officer at the Local Government Association.

Dave has developed excellent networks and has assisted a variety of organisations during his career. He has worked extensively with Members across the political spectrum and with officers from different types of authorities. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences, chaired sessions and facilitated workshops on a range of matters. Dave has provided support with scrutiny activity - including approaches, governance, member officer relations, mentoring, problem solving and mediation. Dave has assisted officers from the Department of Communities and Local Government on new developments as well as the recent review of scrutiny. He has also assisted international delegations in discussions on the functions of Local Government and how to ensure community cohesion.

daveb@frontlineconsulting.co.uk or 07732 331000

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