Independent Group Executive

The LGA Independent Group Executive Committee is the governing body of the Independent Group. Together with the elected 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:
Sarah Woodhouse, Head of Group Office
Telephone: 020 7664 3206
Email: sarah.woodhouse@local.gov.uk
Mobile: 07780 226 852


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 Clive Woodbridge

Deputy Chairman of the LGA and Deputy-Leader of the LGA Independent Group
Epsom and Ewell Borough Councillor
Email: CWoodbridge@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Clive has been a Residents Association councillor, representing Ewell Ward, since 2007. As well as chairing a number of committees in that time, Clive had the privilege of being Chair of the majority Residents Association group on Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for over 5 years. As a result he is one of relatively few independent councillors that has the experience of effectively leading a local authority.  

He believes that in his position as Deputy Leader of the Independent Group he will be better able to put that experience to good use and create a platform for colleagues which similarly aspire to lead councils. Clive strongly believes in the benefits of keeping local politics 'local' and will work hard, together with Marianne and the rest of the executive, to ensure more independent group members are elected in the May 2019 elections.

At the LGA, Clive has built up a considerable amount of experience,  serving on various boards. Most recently he was vice chairman of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board, contributing to the work of this board in a number of areas. Clive has also served on the People and Places Board, the Workforce Board and District Councils Network as the Independent Group representative, and is  a member peer.  In addition, Clive is currently one of two Independent councillors serving on  the South East England Councils (SEEC) executive.

Married, with three grown up children, Clive has worked as a freelance journalist for over 30 years, specialising  in ports, shipping and transport issues. He is a school governor at a local primary school and serves on the committees of a number of voluntary bodies including Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association and Ewell Parochial Trust. Clive has also chaired the judging panel for the British Curry Awards for over 10 years in a voluntary capacity.

Councillor Clarence Barrett

Elected Treasurer of the LGA Independent Group
Havering London Borough Council 
Email: cllrclarencebarrett@yahoo.co.uk