Title: Leader of the Council
Representing: Telford and Wrekin Council
Political grouping: Labour
Councillor Shaun Davies was first elected in 2011 to Telford and Wrekin Council, and immediately appointed to the Cabinet. He was given the lead on the authority’s transformation to a cooperative council, and his later cabinet roles included Place, and Commercial Projects. Under Shaun’s leadership, the council has come to be considered one of the most ambitious and proactive, leading the way in many areas of provision and response. Shaun and his team have halved youth unemployment in the area, and spearheaded the Pride in the Community Programme which has improved the roads, footways, and built environment across the wards of Telford & Wrekin. He was elected Leader of the Council in May 2016, and since then he has also been instrumental in a number of initiatives to promote the Borough as a place for business and investment, including the Telford Growth Package and Telford Land Deal, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, between the Council and Homes England. Shaun led his Labour administration to its best ever result in May 2019 when his group was returned with a significantly increased majority, bucking the regional and national trends. Under Shaun’s leadership, the Council has transformed Children Services, becoming one of the first Councils in the Country to go from ˜requires improvement” to outstanding in Children Services. Outstanding CQC ratings have also been secured in Adult Services.
Shaun is a Non-Executive Director of Wrekin Housing Group and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, as well being a member of the Local Government Association City Regions Board. He also holds a seat on the Joint Employment Committee. Shaun is an experienced LGA peer reviewer and leadership advisor.
Shaun remains one of the youngest council leaders in the United Kingdom, and is an active, dynamic, and progressive leader with many plans for the future of his Telford and Wrekin Council. Raised and educated in the Borough, Shaun studied law at Aberystwyth University and is a qualified solicitor. In addition to his Council work, he lives in Telford with his wife and family.