Ward Councillor

For your info: Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington is our Ward Councillor:

Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington
Address: Greenfields, Little Rissington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. GL54 2NA
Tel: 01451 821011
Mobile: 07767 606001
E-mail: mark.mackenzie-charrington@cotswold.gov.uk
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Director: Charrington Consulting Ltd
Other Interests: Estate Agent

  • Independent property consultant with over 40 years experience specialising in prime Central London residential development & professional consultancy. More recently acting as an independent buying/ introducing agent for developers and searching for prime quality property both in London and the Cotswolds.
  • May 2016 appointed to the Cabinet of the Cotswold District Council with portfolio responsibility for Planning Services and Cirencester Car Parking Project.
  • 7th May 2015 elected as Conservative Councillor to the Cotswold District Council for the Rissington Ward, Gloucestershire serving on the Planning & Licensing Committee.
  • 2013 Vice-Chairman to Little Rissington Parish Council.
  • Joined Mayfair Capital Investment Management Ltd in January 2012 as a consultant to their new residential fund MCR1.
  • February 2012 established Charrington Consulting Ltd.
  • Appointed as a Governor of Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames in March 2011 and Vice-Chairman in December 2013.

Below is a booklet explaining Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington role in Upper Rissington. A fascinating booklet and one worthy of a read.

11 57_LGA Cllr Workbook_Being an effective ward councillor_August 2017

The role of the Ward Councillor:

Councillors have a number of broad leadership responsibilities. These can embrace:

  • leading the development of strategies and plans for the area, balancing different needs, identifying priorities and targeting resources in a time of fiscal constraint
  • providing democratic accountability for public services and ensuring that service providers are accountable to service users in delivering quality and value for money
  • operating as ‘social entrepreneurs’, bringing together individuals and agencies in the area – and across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors – to tackle social, economic and environmental challenges
  • carrying out specific regulatory duties and ensuring sufficient scrutiny of council plans, policies, and decisions and spending plans
  • acting as community leaders in facilitating resident, community and business participation in all aspects of decision making and the shaping of services
  • making your local area a ‘better place to live and work.

A significant part of these responsibilities is:

  • the work that you do at a neighbourhood level – what is often referred to as the ‘ward councillor role’.
  • You represent the ward or division and the people who live in it and have a responsibility to communicate council policies and decisions to them.
  • Councillors who stamp out a good reputation in their ward earn the respect of the electorate, who – in turn – repay them at the ballot box. In itself, this is a compelling reason for taking the role of the ward councillor seriously.
  • The need to be effective as a ward councillor is about dealing with the people in your community, understanding the issues and concerns they face and being equipped with the skills, confidence and ability to take action and make a difference is the most important role you undertake as a councillor.
  • Significantly, it is also often the role that local people value most – more than your function in attending committee meetings for example.
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