John Fuller

John Fuller is Leader of South Norfolk Council and a district Councillor for Brooke Ward, which covers Brooke, Seething, Bergh Apton, Howe, Kirstead & Mundham to the South East of Norwich in Norfolk, UK.

Thank you for electing me as Chair of the District Councils’ Network

There has never been a more important moment for District Councils Network to have strong leadership that promotes and protects our role in delivering the ‘doorstep’ issues that matter most to communities at a scale that they can recognise and relate to.

I am proud and humbled to have been elected to deliver this vision working alongside all District Councils and am asking for your support in the DCN Chairmanship Election so we can ensure our distinctive message is heard, understood and acted-on both within the LGA and in Government.

My vision for the District Councils Network ensures that we have the tools to build better lives and bigger economies
• One family at a time
• One street at a time
• One place at a time

It is now my task to lead a team of leading Councillors and Officials that will ensure our distinctive message is heard, understood and acted on within the LGA and in Government.

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About Me

I was born in Great Yarmouth 48 years ago and have lived in Brooke near Norwich with wife Philippa and two daughters Susan [20] and Laura [19] 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 am a Governor of Langley School.   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 and also sit on the Fire Service Pensions Scheme Advisory Board and Chair their Cost Effectiveness Committee.

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 during the year.

Contact Me

Councillor John Fuller
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
SkypeID johnfuller

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