Title: Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group
Representing: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Party: Liberal Democrat
Political grouping: Liberal Democrat
First elected in 1987, Councillor Howard Sykes MBE has more than 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.
to 2006 he was the Chief Executive of the Association of Liberal
In recent years he held the roles of Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrat Group at the LGA and LGA Regional and National Peer, where he helped support Liberal Democrat council groups and managing the pool of Liberal Democrat peers. He was leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Vice Chair of the LGA 2017-21.
He is currently a member of the LGA Audit Committee and a Board Member of Local Partnerships.
He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to local government.