About iCoCo Foundation Associates

The iCoCo Foundation works with a number of experienced associates who contribute to the development of policy and practice in the UK and around the world.


John Tatam

John is an experienced consultant with a successful track record of training and reviews for a range of major organisations in the UK and abroad. This has included service specific and whole council reviews across twelve local authorities; OECD funded training on quality management in Serbia, Romania and Lithuania; and desk research and stakeholder engagement for HMRC, the Electoral Commission, Kingston University and the South East England Development Agency. Previously John had over twenty five years’ experience of developing corporate strategy, improving performance, managing change and building partnerships in London local authorities. He was Deputy Chief Executive at a London Borough actively engaged in an extensive change programme.

John has been widely involved in equalities and cohesion issues including dealing with extremist parties. He has recently completed an evaluation of a programme to support and empower BME midwives and is currently working with Kingston University on an institution wide project to address the attainment gap between white and BME students. His work as an associate with iCoCo extends over seven years and  has included two reports for Health Education South London on Meeting the Challenges of Diversity  in health which covered both health providers, health education providers  and health care students, an Evaluation of the Sandhurst Respect Responsibility and Rights Community Initiative a major report for the LGA Estimating the Scale and Impacts of Migration at the Local Level, developing a Good Relations Measurement Framework for the EHRC and reviews of schools in Bristol, the Preventing Violent Extremism programme in Sandwell, and cohesion in Blackburn, Buckinghamshire and  Merton.

He spent six months as Interim Executive Director at iCoCo engaged in reshaping and refocusing the organisation at a time of financial constraint and changing national priorities.

John is also consulting -editor of the International Journal of Leadership in Public Services. His recent publications include:

Meeting the Challenges of Diversity: a report for Health Education South London, Tatam, J et al, The iCoCo Foundation, 2013 Meeting the Challenges of Diversity in South London – Stage 1 final report

How can we ensure equal access to job opportunities for nurses? with F.Ross, in International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol 50, 2013

Recognising the challenges of local government leadership, in the International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, vol 8(4) 2012

Changes to public health governance: an opportunity for improved local engagement, in Making Health and Social Care Personal and Local, Governance International and LGIU, 2012


Email: johntatam@icocofoundation.com


Harris Joshua

Harris has contributed directly to the development of new and innovative policy and practice, particularly in the areas of cohesion, diversity and equality, at both the national and local level. His senior management experience in local government was as Assistant Chief Executive in a major English Unitary Authority, where he led on corporate policy, community strategy, urban regeneration and partnership.

More recently, Harris was Director of Local Reviews at the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) and led major reviews of community cohesion in Oldham, Leicester, Kirklees, Sandwell, Sunderland, Lambeth, Wolverhampton and Aylesbury Vale. Much of this work involved the review of equality, diversity and the impact of recent migration, as well as advising on new approaches to improving community cohesion. He is also a founding senior member of iCoCo Associates Limited.

Email: harrisjoshua@icocofoundation.com


Andrew Lawrence

Andrew is an independent consultant specialising in public policy and service improvement. He has worked with many public agencies, helping them to improve services and become more responsive to the communities they serve. He has also worked with several private companies and voluntary sector organisations, helping them to manage change and improve performance.

Andrew has worked as an iCoCo associate since 2006 and has been involved in projects to support cohesion strategies in Sandwell, Worcestershire, Coventry, Leicester and the East of England region. He has led several projects on the relationship between health and community cohesion and was the author of “Better Together – a guide for people in the Health service on how to help build more cohesive and healthy communities” in 2009. His most recent iCoCo project (2012) was a review and evaluation of NHS Birmingham’s Community Cohesion programme.

Andrew has been a member of the Centre for Public Scrutiny’s (CFPS) Expert Advisor Team since 2006 during which time he has worked on over fifty projects supporting Local Authorities and other public bodies on a wide range of issues including: Building effective partnerships, engaging with communities, adapting to the opportunities and challenges of new legislation, improving services through effective commissioning, prioritising and managing challenging work loads and developing strong scrutiny skills. He has served as CFPS’s regional advocate to develop strong scrutiny networks in the West Midlands and Wales.

Most of Andrew’s consultancy work has been in the UK but he has also worked on Management training and development projects in Turkey, China and Italy in association with Birmingham University’s Development Administration Group.

Before starting his consultancy business in 2006 Andrew managed many different local government services at director and assistant director level including planning, transport and economic development, corporate policy, training and development, services for elected members, community development, social inclusion, equality and diversity, information management, communications and public relations, emergency planning, youth services and partnership working.

Email: andrewlawrence@icocofoundation.com

turnerAdam Newman Turner – M.A., N.P.Q.H.

Adam is a senior consultant with over 35 years’ experience in comprehensive multicultural education, twenty of which include senior management, secondary headship and local authority advice and inspection work. Between school leadership roles, Adam worked as county adviser for equal opportunities (Leicestershire) and coordinator for gifted and talented learners (Leicester City). More recently he established Real Outcome Learning Consultancy and worked as a Principal Associate for the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) at Coventry University.

Adam’s work explores institutional change through promoting equalities, diversity, community cohesion and community engagement. He specialises in boosting achievement through student empowerment, supporting vulnerable and marginal learners and developing active global citizenship. He is an expert trainer and coach in the leadership skills that are needed to manage sustainable change build team performance and improve learning behaviour.  He has designed, delivered and evaluated a wide range of major curriculum projects for local government and educational agencies, facilitated collaborative network learning projects between schools both for young people and at school leadership and governance level.

Adam is a regular key-note contributor to international conferences, a dynamic leader of residential training for adults and young people and has led a number of international study programmes (including Canada, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Turkey and other European countries)  He was the senior producer of 22 television documentaries on multicultural education for community television (for MATV) and was the editing author of the UK government resource pack for schools on the duty to promote community cohesion (published on www.teachernet.gov.uk).

Please contact Adam on adamnewmanturner@icocofoundation.com

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