Head of Research and Policy
As the former Cabinet Member with responsibility for youth crime at the London Borough of Islington and as a contributor to the DfE Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme, Joe has unparalleled insight into county lines drugs networks and serious youth violence.
A highly experienced researcher, campaigner and policy professional, with 18 years’ experience working in politics, national and local government, the voluntary sector and the private sector, Joe has specialised in policy development across a range of social and criminal justice areas including child criminal exploitation (CCE), county lines drugs networks, serious youth violence and drugs policy. He also has expertise in services for children in need of help and protection including corporate parenting, safeguarding and managing adolescent risk.
Joe is part of the consortium commissioned by the Department for Education to deliver the tackling child exploitation support programme to local areas.
Elected Councillor since 2010, winner of the Bruce-Lockhart Scholarship for Leadership in Local Government in 2013 and a longstanding peer mentor at the LGA, mentoring Cabinet Members in local authorities across the county and participating in deep dive peer review.
One of the first voices to highlight the threat of county lines drugs networks at national level, producing the first local threat profile in 2016 and making numerous broadcast media appearances to raise awareness.
Winner of an RSA catalyst award to promote co-operation between urban and rural areas in sharing insights to disrupt and prevent the exploitation of children through county lines drugs networks.
Joe leads our think tank research. Current projects include Crests’ research into County Lines funded by the Hadley Trust and our research into Extremism funded by the Dawes Trust.