Cllr John Fuller OBE

I was born in Great Yarmouth 52 years ago and have lived in Brooke near Norwich with wife Philippa and two daughters Susan [22] and Laura [21] since 1997. I was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019.

At University in Reading, I gained a first-class degree in Agriculture [1990] and later in 1995 a Nuffield Scholarship to study advanced farming techniques in the United States.

From 1998-2011, I was a Director of family firm of J & H Bunn in Great Yarmouth established as fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural merchants for over 190 years. Following sale of that business to new owners in March 2011, I am now responsible for managing the sellers’ remaining business interests.

I was first elected to South Norfolk Council in 2003 and led local Conservatives to take control of The Council in 2007.

A wide ranging business career in manufacturing and agriculture has helped me to being a commercial edge to the business of running a Council transforming it to run on business-like lines whilst freezing Council Tax in eight of the last ten years, whilst achieving first place nationally in a number of areas that maximise quality of life.

We are leading in areas of Localism, Housing & Planning,  Revenues & Benefits, Street Cleanliness & Recycling and South Norfolk contributes actively to the national District Councils’ Network.  The BBC ranks South Norfolk as one of the top-ten places to start a business and our Council has consistently received a top-ten new homes bonus of any district council in the country for housing delivery.  We have consistently delivered in excess of 1% of all affordable homes built in this country.   In 2017 the LGC magazine ranked South Norfolk as one of the top-six Councils nationwide.

I have been a member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for five years and have chaired the Greater Norwich Development Partnership.   I have previously Chaired of the Food, Drink & Agriculture Sector Group for Norfolk & Suffolk that aims to maximise the contribution of food & farming to the East Anglian economy.

At the Local Government Association am the Chairman of the District Councils’ Network and I lead Local Government Finance for the Conservative Party.  Separately I am a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme [LGPS] Advisory Board.

Cllr John Fuller OBE for Deputy Leader LGA Conservative Group

Thursday 13th June 2019

I am standing to be the LGA Conservative Deputy Group Leader. I am asking for your support so we can ensure the distinctive Local Conservative message is better heard and appreciated by the public at a time when national issues make it hard to promote the good work we do.

The Conservative Party is going through a difficult patch. So within our Local Government family we need an experienced and politically astute leader with a track record of getting things done who can effectively communicate the work we do to create better lives and stronger economies in every part of our country.

There has never been a more important moment for the LGA Conservative Group to have the strong voice that promotes our Conservative values whilst protecting and enhancing our role in delivering the essential ‘doorstep’ issues that matter most to residents, businesses and communities at a scale that they can recognise and relate to.

I have a proven track-record of working alongside Councils of all types at both the LGA and across Government in an even-handed manner to get more resources and influence for Town & County Halls at a time of enormous challenge and change.

I am asking for your support in the LGA Deputy Group Leader election so we can ensure the distinctive local Conservative message is better heard and appreciated by the public at a time when national issues make it hard to promote the good work we do.

I am a politically-attuned, committed and experienced Council Leader who can think on my feet with a good grasp of the essential details but who can communicate our core messages clearly and effectively to anyone that will listen.

I believe in Conservative values of opportunity for everyone regardless of background so those who who want to and are able to get on can do so whilst providing a safety net for those who can’t.

I have a proven track-record of working alongside Councils of all types within the LGA and across Government in an even-handed manner to get more resources and influence for both Town & County Halls at a time of enormous challenge and change.

I am a politically-attuned, committed and experienced Council Leader who can think on my feet with a good grasp of the essential details but who can communicate our core messages clearly and effectively to anyone that will listen.

My Pledges to You

If you elect me you will choose

  • Someone who is a trusted and high-performing Council Leader who is politically astute and sound.
  • Someone with a grasp of the detail to ensure our voice is heard and respected.
  • Someone who is an experienced media performer who can also clearly communicate the importance of our work in print, online and in Parliament.
  • Someone who understands the LGA and is well-placed to work within it to achieve our aims and who can further our influence in Whitehall.
  • Someone who has led Local Government Finance for the Conservatives for the last four years and is best-placed to ensure that future funding delivers for all of us.
  • Someone with a proven and even-handed track record that ensures that all types of Council benefit from membership the LGA.

About Me

I was born in Great Yarmouth 52 years ago and have lived in Brooke near Norwich with wife Philippa and two daughters Susan [22] and Laura [21] since 1997.

At University in Reading, I gained a first-class degree in Agriculture [1990] and later in 1995 a Nuffield Scholarship to study advanced farming techniques in the United States.

From 1998-2011, I was a Director of family firm of J & H Bunn in Great Yarmouth established as fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural merchants for over 190 years. Following sale of that business to new owners in March 2011, I am now responsible for managing the sellers’ remaining business interests.

I was first elected to South Norfolk Council in 2003 and led local Conservatives to take control of The Council in 2007.

A wide ranging business career in manufacturing and agriculture has helped me to being a commercial edge to the business of running a Council transforming it to run on business-like lines whilst freezing Council Tax in eight of the last ten years, whilst achieving first place nationally in a number of areas that maximise quality of life.

We are leading in areas of Localism, Housing & Planning,  Revenues & Benefits, Street Cleanliness & Recycling and South Norfolk contributes actively to the national District Councils’ Network.  The BBC ranks South Norfolk as one of the top-ten places to start a business and our Council has consistently received a top-ten new homes bonus of any district council in the country for housing delivery.  We have consistently delivered in excess of 1% of all affordable homes built in this country.   In 2017 the LGC magazine ranked South Norfolk as one of the top-six Councils nationwide.

I have been a member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for five years and have chaired the Greater Norwich Development Partnership.   I have previously Chaired of the Food, Drink & Agriculture Sector Group for Norfolk & Suffolk that aims to maximise the contribution of food & farming to the East Anglian economy.

At the Local Government Association am the Chairman of the District Councils’ Network and I lead Local Government Finance for the Conservative Party.  Separately I am a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme [LGPS] Advisory Board.

In 2015, I was appointed to the Minister’s CIL Review Panel.  I have represented the LGA in Parliament at various Select Committee hearings as a specialist witness on local Government financial matters and appeared  on Radio4’s Money Box Live and Today programmes during the year.

Contact Me

Councillor John Fuller OBE
Leader of South Norfolk District Council Member for Brooke Ward

The Old Hall Coach House The Street Brooke Norwich Norfolk NR15 1LB

Phone +44 1508 558280
Mobile +44 7500 662255
Email john@johnfuller.org.uk
SkypeID johnfuller
Web www.johnfuller.org.uk
Twitter   JohnFullerOBE

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