ANEC Vice Chair - Councillor Simon Henig

Councillor Simon Henig, Vice Chair, Association of North East Councils (Labour)

Councillor Simon Henig was elected as Vice Chair of the Association of North East Councils on 27 October 2009.

Cllr Simon HenigCouncillor Henig was appointed Leader of Durham County Council in May 2008 with the challenging task of leading the Council into the new era of Unitary Government. With the establishment of the new Council on 1 April 2009, the demanding job continues to fully integrate local government services in County Durham for the benefit of all who live, work and visit the area.

Councillor Henig is Chair of the new Co Durham Partnership Board which strategically plans and leads the action needed to tackle critical issues facing the County's future so that it can fulfil its potential both regionally and nationally. This also links to the newly created Area Action Partnerships to ensure priorities are decided and delivered locally.

He is a member of Labour's National Policy Forum and Chair of the Regional Board.

As former Deputy Leader at Chester-le-Street Councillor Henig played a key role in improving the Council from a ‘poor' to a ‘good' rating within three years, the fastest recovery of any council in the UK.

He is a Principal Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sunderland, an Oxford-educated academic and author of several political books.

Married with two young children Councillor Henig lives in Chester-le-Street and represents the West Central electoral division. He has many interests and enjoys travel, football and cricket.

Contact details:

Durham County Council
County Hall

Tel: 0191 383 3661