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SEEC Executive

The SEEC Executive is the decision making body for our organisation acting on behalf of all members between All-member meetings. It meets 3 times a year to decide the way forward on key policy issues relevant to SEEC’s four objectives, which are:

  • Striving for a fair funding deal for the South East
  • Promoting the South East’s position as a leading global economy
  • Acting as a single democratic voice for South East interests
  • Monitoring the pulse of the South East.

 

Elections to the SEEC Executive are made each year at the SEEC AGM. Seats on the Executive are allocated according to a political template based on the percentage of votes received by each party in local elections. The Executive comprises political representation from SEEC member authorities across the South East including unitaries, county and district and borough councils.

Meetings

The SEEC Executive meets 3 times a year, usually in central London.  Agendas and papers for these meetings can be downloaded below.

  • Cllr Roy Perry (Con, Hampshire County Council, SEEC Chairman)

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    Roy served as Leader of Hampshire CC in from 2013-2019, following service as a councillor on the county council over a number of years, which he continues to the present day. Before joining the council Roy was an MEP from 1994-2004.

    Roy was elected Chairman of South East England Councils in June 2018, having previously served as Deputy Chairman since 2015.

  • Cllr Ralph Bagge (Con, South Bucks District Council, SEEC Deputy Chairman)

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    Ralph was elected to South Bucks District Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2015, later stepping down and becoming Chairman of the Planning Committee. He has specialised in planning and sustainable development. His previous career experience in investment banking and management consultancy has proved invaluable in leading his council in establishing a plan to achieve financial self-sufficiency, whilst simultaneously enhancing the council’s service offer to meet the needs and expectations of residents.

    He was elected as SEEC Deputy Chairman in June 2018.

  • Cllr James Mills (Con, West Oxfordshire District Council, SEEC Secretary)

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    James was first elected to West Oxfordshire District Council in 2002. Before becoming Leader in 2016 he was the portfolio holder for Leisure & Health. He has served as a Town and County Councillor. James is currently an OXLEP board member, trustee for Witney Educational Foundation and an ambassador for the charity SpecialEffect. He was elected SEEC Secretary & Treasurer in July 2019.

  • Cllr Keith House (Lib-dem, Eastleigh Borough Council, SEEC Vice Chair)

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    Keith House has been Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council since 1994. He served from 2002-8 as a Board Member of the South East England Development Agency, and again from 2009. Outside local government, he has worked with emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and central Asia.

  • Cllr Tony Page (Lab, Reading Borough Council, SEEC Vice Chair)

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    Tony Page has served on Reading Council as a Labour councillor since 1973 without a break. He is now Deputy Leader of the Council. Tony has represented Reading on the Local Government Association since its inception in 1997 and is currently a member of its Environment Board. He sits on the Ministerial Bus Forum and in addition, he chaired the LGA Task Force which produced their policy on school transport.

  • Cllr Paul Bettison OBE (Con, Bracknell Forest Council)

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    Paul Bettison has been a councillor since 1991, becoming Leader of Bracknell Forest in 1997.

    He also serves as Chairman of IESE, a role he has held since 2009. In 2013 he received an LGIU special award for his contribution to local government.

  • Cllr Jason Brock (Lab, Reading Borough Council)

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    Cllr Jason Brock is Leader of Reading BC.

    Full biography to follow.

  • Cllr Peter Chowney (Lab, Hastings Borough Council)

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    Cllr Peter Chowney is Leader of Hasting Borough Council and Finance & Property Portfolio Holder. Previously he has been a freelance researcher, writer and interim manager, having worked on various consultancy projects for both central and local government.

  • Cllr Lynne Doherty (Con, West Berkshire Council)

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    Biography to follow

  • Cllr Angela Glass (Con, East Hampshire District Council)

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    Biography to follow

  • Cllr Nicolas Heslop (Con, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, District Leaders Chairman)

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    Nicolas Heslop has been a councillor at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council since 1998. He held cabinet posts at the council before becoming Leader in May 2012.

    He was Chairman of South East England Councils from June 2015 to June 2018 and is also a past SEEC Secretary/Treasurer.

  • Cllr Colin Kemp (Con, Surrey County Council)

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    Biography to follow

  • Cllr Eileen Lintill (Con, Chichester District Council)

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    Eileen is Deputy Leader of Chichester District Council and Cabinet Member for Community Services

  • Cllr David Neighbour (Lib-dem, Hart District Council)

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    Cllr David Neighbour is the Leader of Hart District Council. He has been a councillor since 2000 and works as a bookseller.

  • Cllr Carole Paternoster (Con, Aylesbury Vale District Council)

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    Cllr Carole Paternoster has been a councillor at Aylesbury Vale District Council since 1999 and is currently the Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy. She is also a Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning at Aylesbury Vale District Council. Previously she has been a maths teacher and also a lecturer in modern languages.

  • Cllr Caroline Reeves (Con, Guildford Borough Council)

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    Biography to follow

  • Cllr Bob Standley (Con, Wealden District Council)

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    Bob has been a member of Wealden District Council since 2004,  joining the Cabinet in 2007 with the Finance Portfolio. Not surprisingly he has been involved in re-organising the Council’s finances and reducing running costs whilst maintaining services. Since May 2010 he has combined that Portfolio with that of Leader of the Council. He remains a Parish Councillor for Wadhurst and is also a member of South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Executive Board. In July 2010 Bob retired early from his own printing company based in Central London.

  • Cllr Chris Townsend (Independent, Surrey County Council)

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    Chris was an Independent Mole Valley District Councillor representing the Ashtead Park Ward for 24 years, being first elected in 1992. During this time he was leader of the Council for 3 years. He was elected as an Independent Surrey County Councillor for the Ashtead Division in 2009. He is a member of the Education Board and Social Care Board. He is also on the Member Development Group and was recently Chair of the Public Value Review on Education throughout Surrey.

    At the LGA currently he is the Independent County Councillor representative on the County Council Network and Chairman of the South East Region for Independents.

  • Cllr Mike Whiting (Con, Kent County Council)

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    Biography to follow

  • Cllr John Ward (Residents Association, Waverley Borough Council)

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