New Political Leadership at Central Bedfordshire Council


Cllr Richard Wenham
was elected as the new Leader of Central Bedfordshire at the first full council meeting of 2021 last night (14th January 2021).

Cllr Wenham is the third leader of the unitary authority which was created in 2009 and he succeeds Cllr James Jamieson who had been Leader since 2011.

Following his election, Cllr Wenham expressed his pride in the confidence that had been placed in him by a majority of his fellow councillors.

Cllr Wenham outlined his priorities for the short and longer term,  “Our amazing front line workers are continuing to support the pandemic response, in social care and in other essential services such as waste and recycling and business support. We are also working very closely with NHS colleagues, for example around the vaccination programme. The challenges of the current emergency are quite rightly our immediate priority, but in the months ahead we will also be working on a range of other vital initiatives to serve our customers, the residents and businesses of Central Bedfordshire.”

A new Executive Team was also announced at the Council meeting, which will come into being on Tuesday 19th January.  This combines some new members as well as a number of Councillors who have served on the previous Executive:

Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council: Cllr Richard Wenham

Deputy Leader & Executive Member for Families, Education and Children: Cllr Sue Clark

Deputy Executive Member for Families, Education and Children: Cllr Amanda Dodwell

Executive Member for Regeneration and Planning: Cllr Kevin Collins

Deputy Executive Member for Regeneration and Planning: Cllr Mark Liddiard

Executive Member for Community Services: Cllr Ian Dalgarno

Deputy Executive Member for Community Services: Cllr Ian Bond

Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation: Cllr Steve Dixon

Deputy Executive Member for Sustainability and Transformation: Cllr Steve Watkins

Executive Member for Housing and Assets: Cllr Eugene Ghent

Deputy Executive Member for Housing and Assets:  Cllr Ewan Wallace

Executive Member for Adult Social Care: Cllr Carole Hegley

Executive Member for Corporate Resources: Cllr David Shelvey

Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities: Cllr Tracey Stock

Deputy Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities: Cllr Brian Spurr





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