Jonathan Werran recently replaced Liam Booth-Smith as chief executive of think tank, Localis. He spoke to NewStart about how think tanks remain relevant to policymakers, improving central-local relations and why a sense of decency should be at the heart of places.   How have your first couple of months in the role been? You’ve got to embrace challenges, enjoy them and come out laughing the other side. Localis is all about place, so my challenge is to renew our research. Liam left a very enviable legacy here. In his two very dynamic years he multiplied everything and the number of reports we put out became prodigious. Not just the quality of them, but the impact of the reports we made too. What I’ve got to do is forge the next iteration of Localis. It’s a bit like Dr Who, I’m the fourth chief executive so I think that makes me … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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