Locality’s purpose is to build a movement of capable community organisations, dedicated to changing the world one neighbourhood at a time. To achieve this Locality helps members build enterprise capability and acquire assets. The organisation also campaigns and influences national policies to the benefit of local communities. Locality operates in England with strong links to the rest of the UK and internationally, employs 57 staff and has an annual income of nearly £10 million.
When Steve Wyler announced his departure in December 2013, the Board of Trustees mandated Prospectus to lead the search for his successor. Throughout January and February 2014, we carried out a significant search to identify potential candidates for the position. In addition to the search, the role was advertised in the Guardian and Sunday Times.
Locality appointed Tony Armstrong as Chief Executive. Tony has a background as both a campaigner and a policy adviser, and has held a number of Government policy roles. He joined Locality from his post as Chief Executive of Living Streets, where he has motivated people around the UK to take action to improve their local environments and local economies, campaigning for better quality streets, and has influenced policy to make walking safer and easier. Tony has successfully built a strong organisation over the past six years which delivers national programmes and projects and runs successful high profile policy led campaigns. Before joining the third sector, Tony was a civil servant for 9 years and held a number of senior policy adviser roles in Government.
Locality’s Chair, Joanna Holmes, said: “Tony has all the qualities we have been looking for in a new Chief Executive of Locality and we are so pleased that he will be joining us. Tony brings something new to the organisation as well as a solid grounding in the kind of work Locality and its members do. I really look forward to working with him and the rest of the team to take Locality into the next phase of our development, building on all our success to date.”
Tony Armstrong said: “I’m delighted to be joining Locality in the summer – an organisation with such a proud history and a great future ahead of it. I’d like to thank Steve Wyler for his leadership in the creation of Locality and building such an excellent track record for the organisation. I’m passionate about communities achieving positive change and Locality’s members are doing exactly that, despite the challenges they face and the barriers placed before them. The organisation is ideally placed to use this vast wealth of experience and individual stories to shape how we as a society make decisions and shape our services. Community led and neighbourhood based solutions offer us a sustainable alternative to failed and inefficient models of service delivery and put people more in control over their lives. I’m looking forward to working with our members and anyone else who supports our work to help to make this case as compelling as we can so we can change the world one neighbourhood at a time.”
Tony Armstrong takes up the Chief Executive role from July 2014.