Parker joined FD's public affairs arm, then LLM Communications, in 2006 and has worked primarily with local authorities or public sector-facing clients. Before joining LLM, he was head of strategic communications at the New Local Government Network.
He has also worked for the Social Market Foundation and Labour MP Peter Kilfoyle, and has also co-authored reports, including one titled: ‘The modernisers' tale: why local government modernisation must continue'.
Healey replaced Margaret Beckett as housing minister in this month's reshuffle, having previously been a minister for local government. In the new role he will attend cabinet but is not a full member.