Councillor Huw David is new Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council
06 October 2016
Members from Bridgend County Borough Council have elected Councillor Huw David as their new Leader. The announcement means that at 39, Councillor David is one of the youngest council leaders in Wales.
His appointment follows the retirement of Councillor Mel Nott OBE, who has stepped down from the role after leading the authority for eight years. Councillor David was elected Leader unopposed.
A resident of Cefn Cribwr, Councillor David became the local ward member for the area on Bridgend County Borough Council in 2004. He served as a backbencher until he was re-elected in 2008 and was selected to become the council’s Cabinet Member for Resources.
In 2012 he changed portfolios, taking on the role of Cabinet Member for Children, and in 2015 he was appointed Deputy Leader of the authority.
Councillor David said: “Councils form the backbone of local services and touch the lives of each and every single resident in a multitude of different ways. Being chosen to serve as Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council is a huge privilege which carries a lot of responsibility and which I take extremely seriously.
“It’s clear that local government is changing and evolving as councils across Wales adapt towards greater collaboration and partnership against a backdrop of massive shortfalls in funding.
“Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has already outlined his vision for the future, and while it looks as if widespread council mergers are off the agenda, regional interaction is firmly in the spotlight.
“I believe that Bridgend County Borough is already well-adapted towards this new way of working, and has shown foresight in the establishment of local partnerships with Halo Leisure and Awen Cultural Trust as well as wider involvement in the likes of Western Bay, the Shared Regulatory Services Partnership with the Vale and Cardiff, or as part of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
“The next few months are going to be a tough time in local government. We have a number of difficult issues to tackle as well as a local election to deal with, but we have already demonstrated that we can efficiently and innovatively lead on regional and local collaboration, and will continue to do so.
“At the same time, we will focus on continuing to provide essential local services while delivering initiatives such as new Extra Care facilities for the county borough or the ongoing school modernisation programme, which is providing future generations with a bedrock on which to build successful, prosperous lives.”
Councillor David also paid tribute to his predecessor, Councillor Mel Nott OBE.
“Councillor Nott has done an excellent job of leading this authority for the best part of a decade, and I’d like to thank him for the confidence and support that he has displayed in me. He has truly earned his retirement, and I and the other members here at the council wish him the very best for the future.
“I am confident that Bridgend County Borough Council will continue to develop and be more than capable of tackling whatever new challenges lay before us.”