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NHDC announces new leader and cabinet roles

27 May 2021
Leader of the Council, Councillor Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg

PR Date: Thursday, 27 May 2021 - 11:45am

A new leader and cabinet members for North Herts District Council (NHDC) were appointed last night (May 26) at the Council’s Annual General Meeting.

The new eight-member team is made up of new leader, Councillor Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg, supported by seven councillors, each responsible for a different portfolio. The new team were unveiled following confirmation that the Council will be run by a Joint Administration during 2021/22, made up of Labour and Cooperative and Liberal Democrat Councillors.

The new cabinet and their portfolios are:

  • Councillor Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg – Leader of the Council
  • Councillor Paul Clark – Executive member for Planning
  • Councillor Ian Albert – Executive Member for Finance and IT
  • Councillor Judi Billing – Executive Member for Community Engagement
  • Councillor Sam Collins – Executive Member for Enterprise, the Arts and Transport
  • Councillor Amy Allen – Executive Member for Recycling and Waste Management
  • Councillor Steve Jarvis – Executive Member for Environment and Leisure
  • Councillor Gary Grindal – Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health

In addition to the cabinet roles, a new Chair of the Council was appointed, Councillor Val Bryant and the new Vice-Chair of the Council is Councillor Cllr Terry Tyler.

Labour and Cooperative Group Leader Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg is the Joint Administration’s Leader of the Council, with Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Paul Clark as Deputy Leader.

Cllr Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg, Leader of NHDC, said:

“I am honoured to be taking on the role of Leader of the Council at such a critical time. My sincerest thanks go to Martin Stears-Handscomb for his role in adeptly steering the organisation during the pandemic, to ensure the most vulnerable members of our community were supported.  

“I’ve made some significant changes to the cabinet roles to strengthen delivery of our priorities. Given the importance of recovery post-Covid, I have expanded the Enterprise portfolio to help boost town centre recovery and support the arts in North Herts.

“There is much to do and, together as a team, we will be working very closely with our residents, our businesses, communities and partners to shape and deliver on our priorities.”

Photo credit: Rebecca Stewart