Board member:

Cllr Richard Overton

Cllr Richard Overton

Councillor Overton acts as Councillor Lee Carter's alternate on The Marches LEP Board. Richard is Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport at Telford & Wrekin Council.

About Cllr Richard Overton

Richard was elected as Deputy Leader of the Council in May 2011, his initial Cabinet responsibilities encompassed Borough Town Development & Policy; this was extended to include Health in readiness for the transfer of Public Health, and in May 2013 the Portfolio title was changed to Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection. In 2015, Housing and Planning were added to Richards already busy Portfolio. Richard has always had an interest in housing and homelessness. Since 2016 Richard has continued to hold portfolios going through transition and change with Leisure, Customer Services, Neighbourhood Services which brought in our first food waste recycling scheme and Enforcement which has taken on civil parking enforcement.

Richard has had a varied career history from funeral directing, Office Manager to a Member of Parliament to his current role as Community Centre Manager for a local charity in Telford. Richard has served as a Parish Councillor on St Georges & Priorslee Parish Council since 1994 and has been Chair of the Parish Council since 2015. Richard served on Oakengates Town Council from 1997-2000 and is currently also serving on Donnington & Muxton Parish Council. Richard was first elected to Telford & Wrekin Council in May 2003 representing St Georges Ward.

Richard is a voluntary football manager for Sinclair United and has coached at various age levels, including adults, and is currently the new under 7’s manager. Richard is also Chair of the football club. Richard has a level 2 FA coaching qualification and an FA level 1 goalkeeping qualification and is a member of the FA licensed Coaching Club. Richard has also been a School governor at St Georges Primary School and Scout Leader for St Georges & Priorslee Scouts (St Peters).

The LEP Board

The Marches LEP board includes the leaders of the three local authorities of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin as well as the chairs of the regions Business Boards.

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The LEP Team

The LEP works with colleagues in the partner local authorities and is supported by a small team of support staff based in Shrewsbury to support The Marches LEP board.

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