Title: Leader of the Council
Political grouping: Labour
Simon Henig has been Leader of Durham County Council since 2008, guiding the council through its transition to unitary local government. He played a key role as the council reshaped many of its structures, including the creation of Area Action Partnerships to promote local decision making across the county. In the last fewyears Durham's AAPs have developed a national reputation for their use of participatory budgeting, with thousands of residents voting on how to spend amounts of up to half a million pounds locally.
Cllr Henig is Chair of the North East Leaders and Elected Mayors Group, a member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum and a Principal Lecturer at the University of Sunderland.