Welwyn Hatfield council leader appointed to high-profile regional role

Mandy Perkins.

Mandy Perkins.

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The leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council has scored herself a high-profile role working on behalf of the 54 local authorities in the East of England.

Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, councillor Mandy Perkins, has been appointed vice chair of the East of England Local Government Association (EELGA).

The EELGA is a cross party organisation working on behalf of the 54 local authorities in the East of England, combining the expertise and experiences of its member councils to help them shape and serve their communities.

Council leaders meet twice a year to discuss common challenges, and hear talks from ministers and other policy makers on key topics.

Smaller leader and chief executive groups come together quarterly to help tackle issues facing councils across the East of England.

Councillor Perkins said: “I’m immensely passionate about local government and the positive impact we have on the lives of those we serve.

“One of the EELGA’s most important activities is to fight for the resources, powers and freedoms necessary for us to perform our roles successfully.

“Many of the challenges we face in the years ahead will not be solved alone and I’m pleased to have strengthened our regional connections and be given the opportunity to promote and campaign for the eastern region.”

Cecilia Tredget, managing director of the East of England LGA, said: “We are delighted to welcome councillor Perkins as the new vice chairman of EELGA.

“We have worked with Mandy for many years and she has been a prominent member of our Regional Employers Panel leading work on apprenticeships across the region.”

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