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.


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

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


    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 elected Chairman of South East England Councils in June 2015. He was previously SEEC Secretary/Treasurer.

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


    Roy was elected Leader of Hampshire CC in May 2013, following service as a councillor on the county council over a number of years. Before joining the council Roy was an MEP from 1994-2004.

    Roy was elected Deputy Chairman of South East England Councils in June 2015.

  • Cllr David Monk (Con, Shepway District Council, SEEC Secretary)


    Cllr David Monk is the Leader of Shepway District Council and was elected SEEC Secretary/Treasurer in June 2015. He became Leader of Shepway in 2013, where he chairs the Cabinet as well as the Constitutional Advisory Committee, the Employment Appeals Sub-Committee and the Personnel Committee.

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


    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)


    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 Ralph Bagge (Con, South Bucks District Council)


    Ralph was elected to South Bucks District Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2015. 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.

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


    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 Andrew Bowles (Con, Swale Borough Council)


    Andrew is Leader of Swale BC and is also a member of Kent CC. He has specialised in issues of environment, housing and the delivery of leisure services. He is currently involved in issues around strategic planning, service delivery and equity with reference to rural areas.

  • Cllr Paul Carter CBE (Con, Kent County Council)


    Paul has been a member of Kent County Council since 1997 and became leader in October 2005. Prior to assuming leadership, Paul held responsibility for the education portfolio, and he remains especially committed to transforming education, overseeing the introduction of a new 14-16 vocation educational programme in Kent.

    In September 2008, Paul was elected chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly, and following the dissolution of the Assembly he was elected the first chairman of South East England Councils – a post he held from 2009-2012. In  July 2015 Paul became Chairman of the County Councils Network.

    Outside local government, Paul still runs a number of land-related businesses in property, construction, and retail in London. Paul was also a founding partner of Gander PLC, the first property company on AIM (Alternative Investment Market).

  • Cllr Jeanette Clifford (Con, West Berkshire Council)


    Jeanette was elected to West Berkshire Council in 2015, holds the Transport & Highways portfolio and is also a Newbury town councillor. She is a long serving school governor and charity trustee. She was a senior executive in the railway industry and later taught marketing and business. She read geography at Cambridge, has an MBA and an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

  • Cllr John Furey (Con, Surrey County Council)


    John is the Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Prosperity. He was elected to Surrey County Council in 2009 and previously held the portfolio for Highways. His corporate roles have included Production Manager, Senior Manager and Managing Director in the retail industry.

  • Cllr Moira Gibson (Con, Surrey Heath Borough Council, District Leaders Chairman)


    Moira is leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council. First elected as councillor for Windlesham in 1991, she became leader of Surrey Heath in 1998. Moira studied law at Newcastle University and after graduating was called to the Bar as a member of Lincoln’s Inn. She has been a governor at Windlesham Village School, involved with the community care home and has also been a parish councillor.
    She was Chairman of the Planning Panel that advised the South East England Strategy Board until it was disbanded in May 2010. She is now Chairman of the South East District Leaders’ group.

  • Cllr Lynne Hack (Con, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council)


    Lynne Hack is Deputy Leader at Reigate & Banstead BC. Outside politics, her professional career is as a Research Scientist, developing new methods for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

  • Cllr Eileen Lintill (Con, Chichester District Council)


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

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


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

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


    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.

  • Cllr Stephen Parker (Con, Hart District Council)


    Cllr Stephen Parker has been a councillor at Hart District Council since 1996, and was Leader of the Council from December 2014 to May 2017. Previously he has been a credit manager in the IT industry, working for a number of hardware manufacturers, and later software companies.

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


    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 Tony Rooth (Con, Guildford Borough Council)


    Tony has been a councillor at Guildford BC since 2003 with considerable experience in leadership roles within local government. He has at various times been Council Leader, Executive member  for Finance, Housing / Social Welfare, Vice Chairman for Planning and Chairman of the Housing Board at Guildford Borough Council. He was also a member of Surrey County Council for 6 years and a Board Member on a Local Enterprise Partnership. In his professional life Tony was a partner in international law firms for over 20 years.

  • Cllr Linda Smith (Lab, Oxford City Council)


    Linda was elected to Oxford City Council in 2014, and previously served 12 years as a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney. She is currently the Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport and also has an interest in housing and planning issues.

  • Cllr Bob Standley (Con, Wealden District Council)


    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)


    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 Clive Woodbridge (Residents Association, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council)


    Clive is a councillor at Epsom and Ewell Borough Council where he is a member of the Community and Wellbeing Committee and the Strategy and Resources Committee.