About

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.

  • Jeff Bellamy

    Jeff Bellamy

    Project Management / Business Transformation / Investigations

    Jeff has 20 years experience as a Project Manager with a professional “hands on” approach. He has successfully supported several local authorities during their Business Transformation and Commercialisation projects. From a legal background, he has also conducted numerous investigations within the private and public sectors in addition to managing Grievance / Disciplinary matters. Jeff’s attention to detail along with his proven ability to work within difficult or sensitive environments has often made a positive difference to the outcome of faltering projects.

  • Duncan Blackie

    Duncan Blackie

    Asset Management

    Duncan spent 16 years as a Head of Property within a London Borough and as Head of Property Strategy within a County Council. Since 2005 he has been providing public sector property & asset management advice, as a freelance consultant and has carried out locality reviews for the One Public Estate pilot authorities. His expertise include undertaking business appraisals, preparing bank lending propositions, property development within the hospitality sector & commercial estate agency. Duncan is a Chartered Surveyor and holds a MBA, PG Cert in Coaching management qualification.

  • 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.

  • David Edwards

    David Edwards

    Transformation, Commercialisation and Procurement

    David has extensive senior management experience at director level. Leading and managing organisational change across a range of services, primarily in the public sector with local authorities. Working effectively with individuals and teams to achieve positive outcomes. A proven track record in supporting organisations to deliver change, focus on priorities, improve productivity and achieve savings. Support has included providing interim management, problem solving, introducing new ways of working and improving organisational capacity. David works effectively with members and officers, private sector providers, businesses and public sector stakeholders. A qualified project manager, executive coach and full Member of the Association for Coaching.

  • Phil McCusker

    Phil McCusker

    Public Relations and Communications

    Phil is a professionally qualified public relations manager with over 30 years experience in Local Government. He has a proven and successful track record in both in-house and freelance public relations and communications and has worked with several county and unitary authorities in the region, delivering strategic and practical solutions to meet business needs. Phil offers a fresh, creative approach, balanced with a comprehensive understanding of and ability to work in a complex and political environment.