Executive Committee

The LGA Independent Group Executive Committee is the governing body of the Independent Group. Together with the Group Leader, Deputy Leader and Treasurer, its appointed members, steer the Group's work, focusing in particular on coordinating policy.


Attending a meeting

The Independent Group Executive Committee has an open invitation for Group members to attend a meeting of their Executive Committee.

Attendance at an Executive Committee meeting is a useful opportunity for members to learn more about the work of the Group and the LGA Members are asked to cover their own travel costs. These meetings take place every six weeks, at the LGA offices in London.

Should you wish to attend a meeting please advise the Group Office by contacting:
Toby Ganley, Interim Head of Group Office
Telephone: 020 7664 3206
Email: toby.ganley@local.gov.uk
Mobile: 07780 226 852

Executive committee members

Councillor Marianne Overton MBE
Councillor Peter Reeve MBE 
Councillor Lisa Duffy
Cllr Carolyn Rule
Councillor Robert Bucke
Councillor Alan Seldon
Councillor Chris Townsend
Councillor Colin Mann
Councillor Phelim MacCafferty
Councillor Geoff Knight
Councillor Wayne Davies


Councillor Marianne Overton MBE

Elected Leader of the LGA Independent Group and Vice Chairman of the LGA
Lincolnshire County councillor and North Kesteven District councillor
Email: marianne.overton@local.gov.uk  

Successfully re-elected four times, Marianne has overseen the Independent Group grow significantly in numbers and influence. The group is now the third largest in number, with over 2,000 well-informed and effective councillors, focused on getting the best for their residents.

Marianne is particularly active on environmental issues, health and social care and education. She is currently on the Planning Committee of both her councils and a past chairman. Her local election votes are among the highest in Lincolnshire and she is well known for her community engagement and determination to represent people directly, regardless of party politics.

After her science degree and postgraduate with the University of London, Marianne taught to A level and went on to a second business career organising and running challenging expeditions for personal development through biodiversity research and helping with anti-poaching patrols in remote parts of Africa. Marianne served as a Governor of the University of Lincoln and Vice Chairman of the PCT Board responsible for health across the County and a £1bn budget. First fighting successfully for a bypass, Marianne was elected to Council in 1995. Marianne has served successfully at all levels of local government, both in coalition control and currently as Leader of the opposition on her Council. Marianne has brought colleagues to succeed in what used to be solid blue areas, and polled a personal landslide at the County Council elections this year, winning against the odds.

Her long running and extensive experience in a range of fields and professions has given her a background of sound communication in education, scientific training and practices that helps in analysing data, experience in management of organisations with substantial budgets, voluntary organisations and small business, as well as an excellent awareness of the fundamental needs of communities. Marianne is a passionate advocate for women in government and was awarded a Fellow of the University of Lincoln and then the MBE in 2015 for Services to the Community.

Councillor Peter Reeve MBE

Deputy Chairman on the LGA and Deputy-Leader of the LGA Independent Group
Huntingdonshire District Councillor
Email: peter.reeve@local.gov.uk
Phone: 07792 290434
Twitter: @PeterReeve

Cllr Peter Reeve was awarded an MBE in the Queens 2017 New Years Honours list for his contribution to Local Government nationally and for the local work he has done in the community he represents.

Graduating from Bournemouth University, Peter has a strong career background in sales management and business management both in the retail and construction sectors.

Peter works as a constituency manager for Patrick O'Flynn MEP, Tim Aker MEP and Stuart Agnew MEP, Members of the European Parliament for the East of England.

Having been a County, District and Town councillor for the last eight years, Peter has a well-grounded front line understanding of the political landscape and the needs of constituents both in rural and urban communities.

With a broad range of skills Peter participates actively in all areas of local government and has a strong track record of supporting and mentoring other councillors and council leaders.

Councillor Lisa Duffy

Elected Treasurer of the LGA Independent Group
Huntingdonshire District Council
Email: lisa.duffy@huntingdonshire.gov.uk

Councillor Carolyn Rule

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Cornwall Council
Email: carolyn.rule@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

Councillor Robert Bucke

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Tendring District Council
Email: cllr.rbucke@tendringdc.gov.uk

Councillor Alan Seldon

Appointed member of the Independent Group Executive Committee 
Herefordshire County Council
Email: aseldon@herefordshire.gov.uk

Councillor Chris Townsend

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Surrey County Council
Email: cllr.townsend@molevalley.gov.uk

Councillor Colin Mann

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Email: colinmann@caerphilly.gov.uk

Councillor Phelim Maccafferty

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Brighton & Hove City Council
Email: phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk

Councillor Geoff Knight

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Lancaster City Council
Email: geoffknight@talk21.com

Councillor Wayne Davies

Appointed member of the LGA Independent Group Executive Committee
Redcar and Cleveland Council Council
Email: Wayne.Davies@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk