New Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council elected

Surrey Heath Borough Council annouce that,

Councillor Richard Brooks has been re-elected as leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council. Cllr Brooks was voted in at the Full Council meeting on 15 May, 2019. His appointment follows the Borough Council elections held on 2 May 2019. 


Cllr Brooks, a Conservative who represents Town ward, had previously served as Leader of SHBC since February 2019. Cllr Brooks said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked by my fellow councillors to continue the good work for Surrey Heath Borough Council. I would like to welcome all the new councillors on board, and thank those outgoing councillors who served in the previous term. I look forward to a productive four years, working hard for our Borough.”  


Cllr Charlotte Morley (Watchetts) was appointed Deputy Leader. The final make-up of the Borough Council following the election is: 

18 Conservative  

10 Liberal Democrat 

4 Independent 

2 Green Party 

1 Labour 


The Conservative Party are the largest group on the Council with 18 of the 35 seats, and retain control. Cllr Brooks also announced the new Council Executive at the meeting. The Portfolio Holders are as follows: 

Finance: Cllr Charlotte Morley 

Places & Strategy: Cllr Dan Adams 

Environment & Health: Cllr Vivienne Chapman 

Planning & People: Cllr Adrian Page 

Customer Experience & Digital: Cllr Paul Deach 

Support & Safeguarding: Cllr Josephine Hawkins 


A full list of the Council committee appointments can be seen at 

Conservatives JUST hang on to control of Surrey Heath Borough Council

The election results is not are now fully declared yet by the Borough Council. Though by my count the Conservatives have won 18 of the 35 seats on the council, and have therefore retained control of the council. My goodness that’s a close run thing.

Surrey Heath Borough Council elections results continue to amaze

At current count, looking at the Council’s election results website the Conservatives have lost 15 seats, from Frimley Green, Heatherside, Mytchett and Deepcut, Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham, and Lightwater. All previously solid Conservative wards. Only Valerie White, Paul Deach, and Rebecca Jennings Evans are returned for the Conservatives.

Some serious appraisal needed of the reasons for the failures. Too soon for me to give my views