Councillor David Finch elected as Chairman of the East of England Local Government Association

10th July 2018

The Leader of Essex County Council was elected as the new Chairman of the East of England LGA at the AGM meeting which took place last week (4 July 2018).

Councillor David Finch takes over the chairmanship from Councillor Tom FitzPatrick, who has served the Association as Chairman since 2016. Councillor Finch will be supported by the Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Councillor Mandy Perkins, who was also elected as the Vice-Chairman at the meeting.

Councillor David Finch said: “I am pleased and proud to be elected to this role. The East of England has a tremendous offer to make to the country, through our economic achievements and potential, our capacity for growth, and our wonderful environment.

“I will be making it a personal priority to take that offer to the Government, and at the same time, make sure that our ask – for greater autonomy, more devolved approaches, and increased understanding of what makes the East of England a unique and special region – is properly understood and appreciated.”  

Councillor Mandy Perkins said: "I'm immensely passionate about local government and the positive impact we have on the lives of those we serve. One of the East of England LGA's most important activities is to fight for the resources, powers and freedoms necessary for us to perform our roles successfully.

"Many of the challenges we face in the years ahead will not be solved alone and I'm pleased to have strengthened our regional connections and be given the opportunity to promote and campaign for the eastern region."

Cecilia Tredget, Managing Director of the East of England LGA, said: "We are delighted to welcome Councillor Finch and Councillor Perkins as the new Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the East of England LGA.  We have worked with them both for many years, with Councillor Finch as the Chairman of our Infrastructure and Growth Group leading the Wider South East Programme, and Cllr Perkins a prominent member of our Regional Employers Panel leading work on apprenticeships across the region.  We look forward to supporting them in their new roles."  

The East of England LGA is a cross party organisation working on behalf of the 52 local authorities in the East of England, combining the expertise and experiences of its member councils to help them shape and serve their communities in the best way.

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