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New Leader elected and Executive announced

New Leader elected and Executive announced

24 May 2019
Shute End

Cllr John Halsall was elected leader of Wokingham Borough Council this week (Wednesday 22 May).


Following his election, Cllr Halsall, who was formerly executive member for environment, leisure and libraries, announced his decision-making executive.




John Halsall

Leader of the council

John Kaiser

Deputy leader of the council and executive member for finance and housing

Stuart Munro

Executive member for business and economic development

UllaKarin Clark

Executive member for children’s services

Parry Batth

Executive member for environment and leisure

Charles Margetts

Executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services

Pauline Jorgensen

Executive member for highways and transport

Gregor Murray

Executive member for climate emergency

Wayne Smith

Executive member for planning and enforcement

Charlotte Haitham Taylor

Executive member for regeneration


 Cllr Halsall set out his priorities:

  • Seek cross-party support to declare a Climate Emergency in Wokingham Borough and set the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030
  • Challenge the housing targets being imposed on the Borough by government and progress the Local Plan Update
  • Provide homes for residents on median income and promote rural exception homes
  • Tackle congestion and promote sustainable travel
  • Protect the Borough’s countryside


“I am enormously humbled to have been elected Leader of the Council,” said Cllr Halsall. “We are here for one purpose and one alone, which is to serve our residents and provide the very best services for the optimal cost.


“My priority is our environment be it housing numbers, development, congestion or climate emergency, and on these I hope to receive other parties’ support.” 


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