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.

  • Helen Rudd

    Helen Rudd

    Public Relations and Media

    Helen is a multi-award-winning PR practitioner who owns and runs a PR agency and media buying service, both based in Felixstowe.

    Her wealth of experience in media and communications has seen her create award-winning strategies for businesses in the public sector as well as the lifestyle, legal, education and construction sectors.

    Helen is a dynamic and enthusiastic leader who places high standards of customer service at the forefront of everything she does and offers expert consultancy services on issues of reputation management, crisis communications and PR strategy.

  • Ken Cole

    Ken Cole

    Commissioning and Procurement

    Ken has had a highly successful career in commissioning/procurement and IT project management spanning 35 years across the public and private sectors. He specialises in procurement and commissioning transformation which includes digital technology, knowledge management, contract management and savings generation. Ken worked in central government until 1995, serving in various senior IT project management and procurement roles at the MOD, Cabinet Office, H M Treasury and Home Office.


  • Heidi Bellamy

    Heidi Bellamy

    Culture, Leisure and Community Service

    Heidi has 13 years’ experience in Local Authority managing a diverse team of staff and projects across a spectrum of culture, leisure and community service areas. Heidi is experienced in strategic planning and policy development, she has an MA in Cultural Leadership and is an Associate Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Heidi is a recognised Shared Service Practitioner SS(PRAC) and is experienced in driving forward and supporting collaboration. She is also an experienced facilitator and trainer and has delivered outcomes based training programmes for several National organisations.

  • Nigel Youngman

    Nigel Youngman

    Mediation and Investigations

    Nigel Youngman FCIPD provides a specialist independent mediation and investigation service for employers in the public and private sector. Investigations cover workplace disputes, grievances, Whistle Blowing complaints, discrimination claims and allegations of misconduct. Nigel is a trained mediator having been trained at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and ACAS.

  • Sarah Elkington

    Sarah Elkington

    Training and Facilitation

    Sarah is a skilled and experienced trainer, facilitator and coach who supports organisations to succeed through improving the performance of its people.  Working with organisations, Sarah pitches her involvement accordingly from lightly tailored content and delivery through to fully customised learning and development solutions. As a National Training Award winner, Sarah has built a reputation for excellence not only for the quality of her programmes and her talent for training but also because of the way she works.