Steve Fothergill


Steve Fothergill has been National Director of the Industrial Communities Alliance since its formation in 2007 and was previously Director of its largest predecessor, the Coalfield Communities Campaign. 

An economist and academic by background, since 1992 he has also been a Professor in the Centre for Regional Economic Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.  An acknowledged expert on urban and regional development, he is author or co-author of five books and more than 200 reports and articles. 

As a lobbyist on behalf of local authorities in older industrial Britain, he has worked extensively with ministers and officials, MPs, the devolved administrations and the European Commission and Parliament.

Dr Joan Dixon

Principal Policy Officer

Dr Joan E Dixon has worked for the Industrial Communities Alliance and its predecessor, the Coalfield Communities Campaign since 1998.  Her previous roles included running a Department of Health funded research resource centre and lecturing at the University of Warwick and University of Derby.

She was a Lord Rootes Scholar at the University of Warwick where she was awarded a PhD in the Philosophy of Science.  Joan has a particular interest in brownfield sites, their remediation and regeneration.  She worked closely with government and the Homes and Communities Agency to regenerate former colliery sites. 

More recently she has focused on the regeneration of towns, smaller cities and other industrial communities and the interventions required to rejuvenate these areas.

Philip O'Mara

Campaigns officer

Philip O’Mara has been the Campaigns Officer of the Industrial Communities Alliance since 2007 and was previously an Education Officer at Doncaster MBC.  He is responsible for the main running of the office and the accounts department. 

He is the author of one novel and formerly a trade union Branch Secretary.  He was previously the secretary of a variety of local community organisations

Peter Slater


Peter is a Geography and Town Planning graduate with a career spanning over 40 years in local government.

Formerly a local authority chief officer in South Wales and Director of SteelAction he has extensive experience and knowledge of regional policy and economic regeneration in former coal and steel areas. Peter is a past Chair of the Ebbw Vale Works Board overseeing the regeneration of the former steel works site, and currently secretary of the Senedd’s Cross Party Group on Industrial Communities.

He has also worked in a freelance capacity on wide range of issues including the impact of transport infrastructure on economic development and the role of the EU’s structural funds.

Roddy Mac Donald

Director, Alliance Scotland.

Roddy is the Scotland Director of the Industrial Communities Alliance, appointed in May 2016. He is a three-time Graduate of the University of Strathclyde, latterly with a Masters Degree from the Graduate School of Business.

He spent 30 years working in Local Government ending his service as a Chief Officer with responsibility for Community Development in South Ayrshire.

His current ambitions are to work with like-minded people to support our communities, challenge poverty in all its forms and to be an instrument of positive change.