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Stephen was appointed Director of the Cities and Local Growth Unit in January 2018. This is a cross-cutting team of around 160 people, based in Whitehall and around England and working jointly across the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Unit is responsible for leading Government’s economic policy agenda in places across England, working closely with other parts of Government and local leaders in Local Enterprise Partnerships and Mayoral Combined Authorities. Prior to this role Stephen has held a number of different positions across 6 Government Departments, including leading reforms to the regulation of higher education and heading up the Deputy Prime Minister’s Policy Unit within the Coalition Government.