ABOUT THE BOARD

The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Board is comprised of Members from all five partner authorities and meets every other month.

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Board currently comprises the following Board Members:

GUY NICHOLSON

Independent Chair

CLLR DANNY PURTON

Harlow District Council

Portfolio Holder for Environment and Member
Champion for Highways and Infrastructure

CLLR MARK INGALL

Harlow District Council

Leader of the Council

CLLR EUGENIE HARVEY

Harlow District Council

Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Wellbeing

CLLR CHRIS WHITBREAD

Epping Forest District Council

Leader of the Council

CLLR JOHN PHILIP

Epping Forest District Council

Planning Services Portfolio Holder

CLLR NIGEL BEDFORD

Epping Forest District Council

Community and Partnership Services Portfolio Holder

CLLR LINDA HAYSEY

East Herts District Council

Leader of the Council

CLLR ERIC BUCKMASTER

East Herts District Council

Executive Member for Wellbeing

CLLR DERRICK ASHLEY

Hertfordshire County Council

Executive Member, Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy

CLLR ADAM MITCHELL

Hertfordshire County Council

CLLR KEVIN BENTLEY

Essex County Council

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

CLLR LESLEY WAGLAND

Deputy to the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Cllr Kevin Bentley

The Members are supported by the following senior officers:

CLAIRE HAMILTON

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town

BRIAN KEANE

Chief Executive

Harlow District Council

GEORGINA BLAKEMORE

Chief Executive

Epping Forest District Council

RICHARD CASSIDY

Chief Executive

East Herts District Council

DAPHNE WHITE

Head of Localities

Essex County Council

PATSY DELL

Assistant Director Strategic Planning, Infrastructure and Economy

Hertfordshire County Council

The purpose of the Board is:

  • to provide strategic leadership and oversight to the Garden Town project
  • to set and steer the project’s direction and to monitor progress
  • to review the project’s direction and objectives on an annual basis
  • to have responsibility and authority for the overall delivery of the project through the project workstreams
  • to ensure there is effective community and stakeholder engagement in accordance with the consultation framework
  • to resolve issues and enable progress to be made
  • to agree proposals and make the decisions needed to progress the project
  • to make recommendations through the formal decision-making process of the various organisations represented on the Board
  • to ensure that appropriate resources are in place to deliver against the plan, programme and priorities. It is also to co-ordinate the public-sector contribution to the delivery of key elements of the programme including the use of available GT capacity, or other relevant funding.