Title: Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Representing: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Party: Liberal Democrat
Political grouping: Liberal Democrat
First elected in 1987, Howard has 30 years’ Local Government service, and has held a range of senior roles including Leader, Deputy Leader of the Council, Executive Member for Regeneration, Chair of Licensing and now Leader of the Opposition on Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. In addition he is a member of the Greater Manchester Transport Authority and was Vice Chair of the Association of Greater Manchester Councils.
From 1997 to 2006 he was the Chief Executive
of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors.
For the last six years he has been the Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrat Group at the LGA and has been the LGA National Peer, where he helps support Liberal Democrat council groups and managing the pool of Liberal Democrat peers.
He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to local government.