Board appointments for Leader of Thanet District Council

Chris Wells, Leader of Thanet District Council, has been appointed to serve on the Boards of two public sector bodies - Local Partnerships and the District Councils’ Network.

Local Partnerships is a joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association. It works with local and national government and other public sector bodies to deliver effective, timely and affordable solutions to the challenges they face through specialist programme teams providing trusted, professional support and advice.

The District Councils’ Network is the national voice of district councils in England. It’s a cross-party member-led network of 200 district councils in England and lobbies central government, political parties and other stakeholders directly on behalf of members, as well as commissioning research, providing support, and sharing best practice.

Councillor Wells, Leader of Thanet District Council since May 2015, and an elected member in local government since 2003, said:

“I am honoured to accept these appointments and aim to make positive contributions through knowledge gained from my time as a management consultant specialising in voluntary sector fundraising and management, as well as my experience in local government at Parish, District and County level.”

Sean Hanson, Local Partnerships’ Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to welcome Councillor Wells to the Board of Local Partnerships. His breadth of experience will be an asset to our Board, where he joins HM Treasury and LGA colleagues, and independent representatives. As part of the Board, he will help shape the strategic direction of Local Partnerships’ work supporting the public sector to deliver projects and change at the local level, ensuring key priorities are achieved.”

Local Partnerships is a joint venture between HM Treasury and the Local Government Association (LGA), formed in 2009 to help the public sector deliver local services and infrastructure.

It works with local and national government and other public sector organisations to deliver effective, timely and affordable solutions to the challenges they face – for the public good.

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network of 200 district councils in England. It is a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association (LGA), and provides a national voice for district councils within the LGA. It lobbies central government, political parties and other stakeholders directly on behalf of members, as well as commissioning research, providing support, and sharing best practice.

  • DCN Priority Areas
  • Devolution and future of public services in localities
  • Growth and planning
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Fair funding and finance for local government

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