Elected members provide direction and oversee the work of the LGA. Governance structures are led by a senior group of members from each of the four political groups.
The LGA's Office Holders
The chair, vice and deputy chairs of the Association are nominated annually by the four political groups, and approved by the LGA General Assembly. Together they form the LGA Leadership Board. Under Article 8.5 of the LGA Constitution each group whose share of the weighted electorate exceeds five per cent of the total is entitled to one vice-chair. The larger groups are entitled to deputy chairs according to proportionality. The chair of the Association is nominated by the largest group.
Further information about the chair and vice-chairs of the association can be found below .
The LGA Executive comprises the members of the Leadership Board, the chairs of the policy boards and representatives of Wales and the nine English regions. The County Councils Network (CCN), District Councils Network (DCN) and the Special Interest Group of Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA) also have a non-voting place along with the chair of Local Partnerships.
Board Lead Members
Each policy board includes a chair, vice-chair and two deputy chairs – one nominated by each group. Collectively these are known as ‘Lead Members' and they oversee delivery of the priorities in the LGA's Business Plan, particularly between Board meetings.
Every year the General Assembly elects a President of the Association. The four Groups also appoint a number of vice-presidents. The president and vice-presidents are parliamentary representatives from the House of Commons, House of Lords, and they represent and champion the interests of local government in Parliament.
Councillor Gary Porter – LGA Chairman
Gary was first elected to South Holland District Council in a by-election in June 2001. He was re-elected in 2003 and elected Leader of South Holland at the Council's Annual Meeting that year.
A former Chairman of the District Councils' Network, Gary chaired the LGA Environment and Housing Board for two years before becoming Conservative Group Leader and Vice-Chairman of the LGA in June 2011.
He is Lead Member for the LGA's 'New Ways of Working' programme and leads the Members' Group on Shared Chief Executives.
Gary was a member of the practitioners' group that drew up the advisory proposals for the Government's new National Planning Policy Framework. His own council was a partner in the first shared management team to work across two regional boundaries.
Councillor Jim McMahon – Labour Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chair
Jim McMahon became one of the youngest council leaders in the country when he took control of Oldham Council aged 30 in 2011.
Jim is transforming Oldham as a ‘Cooperative Council' making it both more relevant to the public it seeks to serve, but also creating resilience in the town against growing cuts and a slow economic recovery.
Pioneering campaigns have helped secure the council's innovative reputation. Its award winning Fair Energy campaign went national with over 50,000 households signing up to collectively buy energy. Its Fair Fares campaign lead to reductions in the cost of weekly bus tickets in Greater Manchester by 28 per cent, and work is now on to take on high interest electrical goods retailers with the Fair Credit campaign.
Jim leads on Transport & Infrastructure for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority for the 10 local authorities in the city region. Nationally, Jim has recently been elected as Leader of the LGA Labour Group.
In February 2014, Councillor McMahon was honoured nationally for his outstanding leadership when he was named ‘Leader of the Year' at the Councillor Achievement Awards, hosted by the LGiU.
You can find out more about his work in Oldham and beyond at his personal website – JimMcMahon.co.uk
Councillor David Hodge – Conservative Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chairman
David was elected to Tandridge District Council in 1992 and led campaigns to improve local sports facilities. He was elected to Surrey County Council in 2005 becoming Leader in 2011. David's mantra is team working – One Team! He has applied this with great success in Surrey where the County Council was named Council of the Year in 2013.
He was elected Chairman of the County Council Network in 2013. His robust leadership style has been welcomed by all as he champions the cause of the English counties. Outside politics David is a dedicated Rotarian, having served as local branch President and as Surrey and Sussex District Governor. He led a national Rotary campaign raising £3M to help eradicate polio in the world and has led teams to Sierra Leone building hospitals, schools and villages.
Councillor Marianne Overton – Independent Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chairman
Marianne serves on Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council, where she sits on the Planning Committee. She is the Independent Group Leader in both authorities and is particularly active on environmental issues, health and social care and education.
Her most recent election vote was the highest in Lincolnshire. Marianne was elected as Leader of the LGA Independent Group in June 2011 and is an LGA Leadership Board Champion on Adult Social Care. Marianne's education was spread between South Africa and London.
She served as a Non-Executive Director for NHS Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust and a Governor of the University of Lincoln. She is a qualified biologist and a past Chairman of the Society of Biology (East Midlands) and Fellow of the University of Lincoln. As a Director of Biosearch Expeditions, she has organised many expeditions to remote Third World regions to carry out field research for conservation management. Marianne is very active in Lincolnshire supporting business and communities. Her contribution to local government was recognised with a Queen's New Year's Honour in 2014 and the award of an MBE.
Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson – Liberal Democrat Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chairman
Gerald was elected to Portsmouth City Council in 2003 and is a former leader of the council. He has had a long career in local government, working as a social worker before being elected to New Forest District Council in 1991.
Over the past 19 years as an elected member, he has served as Deputy Leader of West Berkshire County Council and Mayor of Newbury as well as Chair of Social Services, Chair of Environment, Executive Member for Health, Housing and Social Care and Executive Member with responsibility for IT, Asset Management, HR, Revenues and benefits. Gerald became Vice-Chairman of the LGA and Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2011.
He is currently a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on the role of Local Authorities in Education, and a member of the Backbench Parliamentary Committee on Local Government (Liberal Democrat).