Councillor Alan McClafferty has been elected as Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council following an Extraordinary Council meeting on 29 January 2020.
Cllr McClafferty, a Conservative who has represented St Michaels ward since he was elected in 2015, has previously been Chair of Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee and Portfolio Holder for Regulatory, which later became Planning & People.
Cllr McClafferty said: “I am honoured to be elected Leader of this Council and to be given the opportunity to make a positive difference for residents, and am determined we face the challenges ahead and grasp every opportunity, right across the Borough.
“We are a Council with no group in overall control and I intend to utilise all the skills and experience within the chamber, no matter what colour the rosette in the election.
“I believe our residents deserve openness and to be properly consulted by their elected representatives. I intend to deliver this, especially on environmental issues, public realm and housing development.
“We are very lucky to have community-spirited businesses; excellent community groups and a dynamic voluntary sector and I will work to bring those organisations together to maximise the benefits for residents."
Cllr Colin Dougan (St Michaels) was appointed Deputy Leader.
The political groups of the Council are as follows: Conservatives 16, Liberal Democrats 9, Community Group 5, Camberley Independents 2, Green Party 2. There is currently 1 vacant seat.
Cllr McClafferty announced the new Council Executive at the meeting. The Portfolio Holders are as follows:
Business & Transformation: Cllr Colin Dougan
Finance: Cllr David Lewis
Places & Strategy: Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans
Environment & Health: Cllr David Mansfield
Planning & People: Cllr Adrian Page
Support & Safeguarding: Cllr Josephine Hawkins