Title: Leader of the Council
Representing: Leeds City Council
Political grouping: Labour
Cllr Judith Blake was elected as the first ever female Leader of Leeds City Council in May 2015. She represents Middleton & Belle Isle in Leeds. She is also the Council’s Executive Board Member for Economy and Culture and is playing a key role in attracting major national and international inward investment in to Leeds.
In July 2016 Cllr Blake was announced as Chair of the Core Cities Group. The Group represents the Councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London, along with Glasgow and Cardiff. She is also Vice Chair of the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board.
Cllr Blake has been an elected member since 1996. Her time as a Councillor has seen her have responsibility for a wide range of portfolios including Planning, Education and Leisure. Cllr Blake currently chairs the Council’s Executive Board and has also served as a board member for NHS Leeds and the West Yorkshire Police Authority.
In her role as Executive Member for Children’s and Families’ Cllr Blake helped Children’s Services achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘good overall’ with a rating of ‘outstanding’ for Leadership and Management, only 4 other authorities have an ‘outstanding’ rating within their report.