Tom Shakespeare is an advisor at the Local Government Association and a former Director of Policy and Research at the right-wing local government think-tank Localis from 2008 until November 2011.  A profile from Localis’s website stated:
Tom joined Localis in June 2008, having previously worked for Policy Exchange where he contributed to a report on party financing called 'Paying for the Party'. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and in 2007 completed an MA in political research at the University of Nottingham. His dissertation looked into the potential application of the second law of thermodynamics to agent-based models of human behaviour and ethnic conflict. Tom leads on research for Localis, and amongst other things, has written several reports, including ‘Can Localism Deliver?’ and ‘For Good Measure’.