Made up of senior leaders and experts from the business community, the Employers Working Group will explore the barriers social division creates within the workplace and make policy recommendations to overcome them. 

Sarah Messenger, Head of Workforce for the Local Government Association

Sarah is Head of Workforce for the Local Government Association. Her key responsibility is to lead priority work programmes to support, promote and improve local government, shaping national pay and workforce policy on behalf of councils and representing the LGA and the sector on workforce issues.

Sarah’s role includes developing the strategic direction and priorities of the LGA workforce team to meet the employment challenges and objectives of a range of employers including Local Authorities, Fire Authorities, Education Authorities and the Police Service. This includes identifying and promoting initiatives that will drive productivity within the local government workforce, defining and pursuing policy objectives for the Local Government Pension Scheme and negotiating the pay of 2.2 million public sector workers with a pay bill of over £45 billion.

Prior to this, Sarah has a breadth of experience in workforce management and partnership building, including working as Senior Consultant with Equality Works, providing training and consultancy, as a National Trade Union official with UNIFI, and as an Associate Consultant with the TUC Partnership Institute, responsible for working with managers and trade union representatives to build partnership working.