The East of England LGA is a politically-led, cross party organisation which works on behalf of the 50 local councils in the East of England to support them "to be the best that they can be for their communities”

We aspire to be:

  • A provider of innovative solutions to partners; delivering projects and services around key issues such as integration, commercialisation and organisational review.
  • A highly respected and influential advocate for our members; promoting their leadership of their locality, as well as fighting for them to get the resources, powers and freedoms necessary to perform that role successfully.
  • A catalyst for collaborative working; bringing together groups of councils to harness their collective strength and knowledge.
  • An invaluable resource of specialist expertise and capacity; providing advice and support to councils on key issues.

The way we work is supported by the following set of principles:

  • We are a cross-party, politically led organisation with our members at the heart of decision making and development.
  • We harness the expertise, experience and resources of our member councils.
  • We seek new opportunities for extending and strengthening the influence of councils to shape national policy.
  • We act as an advocate for our member councils to ensure that they are recognised for their role and work.
  • We work in partnership with the national Local Government Association and seek mutually to reinforce our respective work on local government’s overall behalf.
  • As one of the nine regional employers' organisations, we provide a strong regional voice to influence negotiations on pay, workforce issues and terms and conditions.
  • We recognise the different spatial levels that councils operate at, individually, at county and LEP level and regionally, for different objectives and purposes.
  • We work across the public sector to support integrated working and the development of new and better ways of working to meet current and future challenges to service delivery.
  • We deliver effective activities that offer good value for money.

The East of England LGA is a voluntary body funded by subscription.  The 50 local councils in the East of England are all members of East of England LGA.  The organisation is governed by the Leader or elected Mayor of each of the 50 councils in the region.  The full assembly of the 50 leaders meets twice a year.  This is a forum for discussion on common issues, but importantly provides a platform for all leaders to meet and hear from Ministers and other policy makers on key issues.  Day to day management is provided by a Management Committee made up of:

  • Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council (Chairman of the East of England LGA and Conservative Group Leader)
  • Cllr Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council (Vice-Chairman of the East of England LGA)
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, Bedford Borough Council (Liberal Democrat Group Leader)
  • Cllr Alan Waters, Leader of Norwich City Council
  • Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Leader of Breckland District Council

A smaller Leader’s group and Chief Executive’s group come together quarterly to bring together the county and unitary councils plus one representative from each district area to tackle the strategic issues facing councils across the East of England. These groups are supported by member and officer groups who come together to share experience and work collaboratively by thematic area. 

The organisation is staffed by a small core of highly experienced and committed officers. Additionally, member councils can draw upon specialist expertise from the existing associate pool of high quality associates in the East of England LGA Talent Bank.

  • Dave Fergus

    Dave Fergus

    Commercialisation and Environmental Services

    Dave has supported numerous local authorities to identify development opportunities, establish trading arms, develop and rollout out regional collaborative building control ventures, increased income derived from trade waste and other income bearing operations plus trained, mentored and upskilled Members and officers to promote organisational culture change. Dave has spent over 20 years in commercial and executive roles in the private sector including, Interim MD, venture capital backed Sales & Marketing Director, turnaround CEO and Non Executive Chairman in a diverse range of sectors, environmental services, industrial services, business transfer agency and manufacturing.

  • Mark Taylor

    Mark Taylor

    Leisure and Culture

    Mark has had over thirty years’ experience working in the leisure and culture fields, much of it dealing with local government.

    For many years he was Chief Executive of the Museums Association, the body representing and informing museums in the UK and those who work in them. This involved dealing with European, national and local politicians as well strategic and lottery bodies. This has given him a unique insight and knowledge of the different ways of transforming and delivering culture either within authorities or through a trust.

    This work and his subsequent career in the health sector has given him experience in transformation, leadership, strategy, fund raising and change. In the last few years he has been successfully helping the growth of the Higgins Bedford was recently appointed Chair of Heritage Milton Keynes.

  • Joanna Barrett

    Joanna Barrett


    Joanna Barrett has twenty years’ experience in senior housing roles in local authorities. This includes management and delivery of strategic housing, enabling, private sector housing, homelessness and housing advice services. She is a committed housing professional and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She also has a first class honours degree in Housing Studies.

  • Marilyn Smyth

    Marilyn Smyth

    Investigations, Mediations and Tribunals

    Marilyn has many years' experience in the public sector having undertaken over 100 mediations and over 200 employment investigations which include discipline, grievance, safeguarding, parental complaints, whistleblowing and bullying & harassment. Marilyn has also been trained in all aspects of discrimination by the Tribunals Service, and regularly undertakes extremely complex discrimination investigations. The most important value Marilyn holds is that of integrity; she tackles every activity with enthusiasm, is highly motivated and energetic.

  • Pearl Rees

    Pearl Rees

    Programme and Project Management

    A proven project and programme manager with strong decision-making ability, a strategic focus and a successful track record of delivering major change programmes in demanding environments including; the design and delivery of efficiency-driven business transformation programmes, public service reform, performance improvement, technology/digitally-enabled change and shared services programmes.

    Track record of engaging, coaching and managing stakeholders at all levels.