About us

Frontline Consulting has worked with all but two 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 five 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 is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

ann@frontlineconsulting.co.uk or 07903 964812


Dave Burn is an independent consultant specialising in member development, mentoring and officer and member relations, with over 30 years local government experience. He works with a variety of clients, commissions and public bodies  and is an associate at the Local Government Information Unit. 

Dave was Head of Democratic Services and Scrutiny at the London of Borough of Lambeth from 2008-2016 where he managed Committee, Scrutiny and Electoral Services. He was also responsible for the Group Offices, Mayor’s Office and Youth Council and lead on member development and digital democracy engagement. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO), having previously chaired the London Branch of ADSO from 2010-2015. He was an active member of the London Member Development Network, which he formally chaired from 2010-2013. Dave is 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 assisting officers from the Department of Communities and Local Government on new developments. 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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