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Breaking new ground: South Oxhey mixed use development

Breaking new ground: South Oxhey mixed use development

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Ready to respond

Hertfordshire Growth Board is the way the county is working together to deliver sustainable good growth for residents, communities and businesses. With Hertfordshire’s population expected to increase by 38,550 by 2043, this places increased demands for more housing, healthcare, schools and transport. This brings opportunities and challenges. Hertfordshire Growth Board is ready to respond.

Hertfordshire Growth Board is made up of the County Council, the 10 district and borough councils, the NHS Hertfordshire & West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB), Homes England, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Working together is how we continue our ‘joint’ success, create opportunities for everyone, now and in the future, and make Hertfordshire a better place to live, work and thrive.

Sustainable Hertfordshire 

Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership

Hertfordshire Growth Board is working closely with the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership to deliver climate change action, reduce the carbon footprint and achieve lasting sustainable change.
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Chair and members of the Hertfordshire Growth Board

Hertfordshire Growth Board

Richard Roberts is the Conservative Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and is Chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board. He was first elected to the County Council in 2003 as the member for Kings Langley and has previously served as the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Performance. He is Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board and became Leader of the Council in May 2021.

Cllr Richard Roberts

Leader, Hertfordshire Growth Board

Hertfordshire County Council

Scott is the Interim Chief Executive of Hertfordshire County Council, having served as the Council’s Executive Director of Resources since 2019, during which he has overseen a £2 billion budget that supports the delivery of essential public services to the 1.2 million residents and many businesses of Hertfordshire. As Interim Chief Executive, Scott leads a team of over 8,000 council staff to work closely with elected councillors and public, private, and voluntary sector partners to realise the council’s vision of creating a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire for residents.

Scott Crudgington

Interim Chief Executive, Hertfordshire County Council

Broxbourne Borough Council

Lewis Cocking was elected to the council in 2016 and was appointed the Leader in May 2019. He is the youngest leader in Hertfordshire and is very passionate about sustainability and tackling climate change with ambitions to improve the Broxbourne economy so that local people have opportunities to find employment in high value jobs without the need to travel outside the borough.

Cllr Lewis Cocking

Leader, Broxbourne Borough Council

Broxbourne Borough Council

Jeff Stack is the Chief Executive of Broxbourne Borough Council in southeast Hertfordshire. He joined the Council in 2008 as the Director of Environmental Services and became Chief Executive in 2013. Prior to this, he worked for a variety of councils and in the housebuilding industry. He is a chartered town planner and has been a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1985.

Jeff Stack

Chief Executive, Broxbourne Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Ron Tindall became Leader of Dacorum Borough Council in May 2023. He has been a Hertfordshire County Councillor for Hemel St Paul's Division (Highfield, Adeyfield West & Hemel Old Town) since 2009 and has lived in Hemel Hempstead for more than 20 years. He has been a Dacorum borough councillor for almost 10 years, representing the Adeyfield West ward. While a county councillor, Ron has developed a close interest in Adult Care Services and has, for many years, been a campaigner against domestic abuse. For 10 years, he was a trustee of Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline. Ron has recently stood down from management committee of Dacorum Educational Support Centre in order to focus on his role as leader at Dacorum Borough Council.

Cllr Ron Tindall

Leader, Dacorum Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Claire Hamilton has over 25 years’ experience of working in the public sector, leading high-performing teams and developing positive partnerships to deliver complex regeneration initiatives. Claire’s previous role was Director of the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, which is an exciting regeneration project, building on the heritage of Harlow to deliver 23,000 high-quality homes, 9,000 employment opportunities and sustainable travel infrastructure within the area. Claire has a background in housing development, estate regeneration and town centre regeneration and economic development.

Claire Hamilton

Chief Executive, Dacorum Borough Council

East Herts Council

Ben Crystall has lived in Hertfordshire for over 20 years. He has served on East Herts District Council since 2019 and became the East Herts Green Party’s first-ever representative on Hertfordshire County Council in 2021. As a member of the district council’s planning committee and the county’s Environment Cabinet Panel, Ben has advocated for policies that safeguard the environment and promote sustainable growth. Prior to this, Ben enjoyed a successful 10-year scientific career. He has a PhD in solar energy and spent 18 years as a writer and editor for the New Scientist magazine. Ben was elected Leader of East Herts District Council in May 2023.

Cllr Ben Crystall

Leader, East Herts Council

East Herts Council

Richard Cassidy is the Chief Executive at East Herts Council and has a wealth of experience, having worked in local government for over 30 years in a diverse range of roles linked to supporting communities, environment and public health at councils in London, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Richard Cassidy

Chief Executive, East Herts Council

Hertsmere Borough Council

Jeremy Newmark was appointed as Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council in May 2023, having been first elected to the authority in 2017 and becoming principal opposition leader shortly afterwards. As member for Borehamwood’s Cowley Hill Ward he represents an area that scores particularly highly on the national indices of multiple depravation. Jeremy previously chaired Hertsmere’s Shareholder and Investment Committee and served on Planning, Licensing and Policy Review Committees. He has a professional background in political communications with specialisms in housing and transport-related issues. Jeremy has previously headed a national third sector organisation and worked for seven years as spokesperson for the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Cllr Jeremy Newmark

Leader , Hertsmere Borough Council

Hertsmere Borough Council

Sajida Bijle is the Managing Director of Hertsmere Borough Council. Prior to this she was the Director of Resources and Corporate Director for Hertsmere BC for over 15 years. Sajida is also Company Secretary to Elstree Film Studios Limited and an Accountant and Lawyer by profession.

Sajida Bijl

Managing Director, Hertsmere Borough Council

North Herts District Council

Elizabeth Dennis is the Leader of North Herts District Council following the Local Elections in May 2021. First elected in 2016, Elizabeth has worked to improve the Recycling & Waste service in North Herts and is passionate about reducing food and other waste, especially single use plastics. Outside politics, Elizabeth works for the Financial Ombudsman Service, leading on emerging issues in the consumer rights and regulatory sector. A competitive figure skater since the age of five, Elizabeth is a strong advocate for sport and the arts, working to widen participation and champion their place in regeneration and growth of local enterprise. Elizabeth is Vice Chair of the Hertfordshire Growth Board.

Cllr Elizabeth Dennis

Leader, North Herts District Council

North Herts District Council

Anthony Roche has been Managing Director of NHDC since July 2020, having previously served as Deputy Chief Executive from 2017. A lawyer by background, he started in private practice before switching to the public sector and NHDC in 2008.

Anthony Roche

Managing Director, North Herts District Council

St Albans City and District Council

Chris White has been Liberal Democrat councillor for Clarence Ward since 2008 and is currently Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group and Leader of the Council. He chairs the Council’s Strategy & Resources Committee and the Planning Policy & Climate Committee. Chris qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984. He was elected a county councillor in Hertfordshire in 1993 and group leader in 1994. Chris is Vice Chair of the Hertfordshire Growth Board.

Cllr Chris White

Leader, St Albans City and District Council

St Albans City and District Council

Amanda Foley is Chief Executive at St Albans City and District Council. She was appointed in 2017, previously holding the post of Head of Corporate Services. Amanda, who lives in the district with her family, joined the Council in 2009 from Ofsted – the Government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. She was Ofsted’s Head of HR Strategy and has worked across a range of sectors and industries including banking, retail and the Civil Service.

Amanda Foley

Chief Executive , St Albans City and District Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Richard Henry became Leader of Stevenage Borough Council in December 2022 and is also the portfolio holder for Regeneration and Culture, Leisure and Young People. He is a passionate advocate of Stevenage Re-imagined - the council’s long term Cultural Strategy, leisure facilities for residents and the work the council does to support sport and young people across the town.

Cllr Richard Henry

Leader , Stevenage Borough Council

Stevenage Borough Council

Matt Partridge is the Chief Executive of Stevenage Borough Council and has over 35 years local government experience in a variety of front-line and strategic leadership roles. In his current role, Matt is responsible, in conjunction with the Leader, Executive and the Senior Leadership Team, for the ongoing development and implementation of the Council’s Cooperative Corporate Future Town Future Council Plan.

Matt Partridge

Chief Executive, Stevenage Borough Council

Three Rivers District Council

Sarah Nelmes was appointed Council Leader for Three Rivers District Council, taking over from Sara Bedford in July 2020. Councillor Sarah Nelmes has been a councillor for over 15 years and represents the Penn and Mill End ward. She is currently Chair of the Planning Committee and chaired the majority Liberal Democrat group.

Cllr Sarah Nelmes

Leader, Three Rivers District Council

Three Rivers District Council

Joanne Wagstaffe was appointed as Three Rivers’ new Chief Executive Officer on 3 February 2020 and was shared Director of Resources with both Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council from 2013. Previously, Jo was the Director of Resources at Wyre Forest District Council; Director of Resources and Transformation at Copeland Borough Council; and an Assistant Director at Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Jo also has extensive private sector experience.

Joanne Wagstaffe

Chief Executive, Three Rivers District Council

Watford Borough Council

Peter Taylor has been the Elected Mayor of Watford since 2018 and joined Hertfordshire LEP Board in September 2019. Before becoming Elected Mayor, he worked as a teacher and Assistant Director for the Catholic Education Service. He served as a councillor in Watford since 2012 and lives in Oxhey with his wife and three young children.

Mayor Peter Taylor

Leader, Watford Borough Council

Watford Borough Council

Donna Nolan joined Watford Borough Council as its first female Managing Director in February 2020. Former Deputy Chief Executive of Mendip District Council, Donna has led a range of successful regeneration and commercial programmes in both the public and private sector. Donna works closely with Watford’s Elected Mayor to ensure the council’s strategic commitments can be implemented, including its ambitious plans for sustainable regeneration.

Donna Nolan

Managing Director , Watford Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Paul Zukowskyj has been Liberal Democrat councillor for Welham Green and Hatfield South ward since 2016 and is currently the Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council following Elections in May 2023.   Paul has also been a Hertfordshire County Councillor representing the Hatfield South Division since 2013. Paul has lived in Hatfield for over 20 years. His children have grown up and gone to local schools in the area. He cares deeply about climate change and works hard to make Welwyn Hatfield a better place to live, work and play.

Cllr Paul Zukowskyj

Leader, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Ka Ng is Chief Executive of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and the lead Chief Executive on Hertfordshire Growth Board. She began her career at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in 2009 as a management accountant. After a few periods outside the council, she returned in 2016 to take on her current role, along with being the council's chief financial officer.

Ka Ng

Chief Executive, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Co-Opted members of the Hertfordshire Growth Board

Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System

Paul Burstow has a wide range of public policy and leadership experience. He currently holds a number of non-executive leadership roles across the health and social care sector. As the Independent Chair at Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System he is working with system partners across local government, NHS and community and voluntary sector to develop population health working and integrated care. He has also been appointed as Chair of St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with complex mental health needs. He is also Chair of the independent charity SCIE (The Social Care Institute for Excellence) which works with local government, independent sector and Government by sharing knowledge about what works, translating policy into practice and supporting transformation to improve the lives of people who use care services.

Rt Hon Professor Paul Burstow

Chair, Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care System

Markets Partners and Places, Homes England

Shona Johnstone has had a varied career that sandwiched politics with the civil service. Having started her career in the Home Office, Shona left to become a county councillor, where she held a variety of roles, including lead member for transport, children’s services, council leader and scrutiny. She was also vice-chair of the LGA’s transport and economy board and a board member of the East of England Development Agency. As a councillor, Shona was responsible for the delivering the growth agenda in Cambridgeshire, including the development of a new town of 10,000 homes in her own division. After retiring from the council, Shona joined the Department for Transport working on six strategic road studies before heading the consultation on the Airports National Policy Statement to bring forward the third runway at Heathrow. Recognising the importance of housing to economic growth Shona joined Homes England in 2019, where she leads a team supporting the public and private sector in unlocking new homes in the South East.

Shona Johnstone

Acting Director, Markets Partners and Places, Homes England

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Adrian Hawkins OBE is Chair of Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and its Skills & Employment Board, championing the delivery of the Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP). Adrian is the independent Chairman of the Stevenage Development Board and led on its bid from the Government’s Towns Fund, securing £37.5m - the second highest contribution received anywhere in the country. Adrian is also Founder of Weldability SIF, Chairman and Co-founder of biz4Biz and a Patron of Business Clubs, working alongside local MPs. In 2021, Adrian was awarded an OBE for his services to business and in particular, the welding industry.

Adrian Hawkins OBE

Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Neil Hayes is Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. He has overseen its development from its inception, helping to ensure that its long-term priorities set out in its Strategic Economic Plan (2017-2030) are delivered for the county, securing over £309m EU funding and UK government investment. The LEP’s Local Industrial Strategy continues to build on that vision by building on the county’s economic strengths to create opportunities for all its residents.

Neil Hayes

Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

David Lloyd has been Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire since 2012.  His focus has been on delivering effective and efficient policing, supporting victims, promoting partnership working and delivering on the public’s priorities. He believes in evidence-based policing and is studying a postgraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge to develop his work on this. David is recognised for the pioneering work he has done in developing and improving support services for victims of crime. The Beacon Victim Service, which he launched, has received national recognition for its innovative approach. He is currently a member of the National Criminal Justice Board and is a past chair of the Police Reform and Transformation Board.

David Lloyd

Police and Crime Commissioner,

Director of the Hertfordshire Growth Board

Hertfordshire Growth Board

Forogh joined as Director for Hertfordshire Growth Board in April 2023 to deliver an ambitious vision for sustainable and good growth across Hertfordshire. Forogh is passionate about localism and has worked in local government including at the Greater London Authority and London Development Agency for the past 15 years. Forogh has led the development of economic strategies working collaboratively with London government, businesses and communities and delivered multi-million-pound skills and employment programmes, as well as helping to secure devolution of skills to the Mayor of London.

Forogh Rahmani

Director, Hertfordshire Growth Board


What is Hertfordshire Growth Board?

Hertfordshire Growth Board is the way the county is now working together to manage growth. With the Hertfordshire population expected to rise by 38,550 by 2043, at least 100,000 new homes and jobs will need to be created over the same period. This brings opportunities and challenges. 

Hertfordshire Growth Board is ready to respond. The Growth Board is made up of Hertfordshire’s 10 district and borough councils, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Together they are committed to working together to deliver an ambitious growth agenda to support a thriving economy, with affordable housing, a sustainable transport network, excellent schools and healthcare facilities. 

Who are the partners?

Broxbourne Borough Council
Dacorum Borough Council
East Herts District Council
Hertfordshire County Council
Hertsmere Borough Council
North Hertfordshire District Council
St Albans City and District Council
Stevenage Borough Council
Three Rivers District Council
Watford Borough Council
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

When was it formed?

Hertfordshire Growth Board was conceived in 2018 as a collective response to managing the scale and pace of growth required over the next decade. In October 2019, all 12 partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding to:

  • Raise awareness of their joint working intent to Hertfordshire residents, partners, businesses and central government.
  • Commit to continued collaborative place-based working across Hertfordshire.
  • Set out the joint working intention between the Partners.
  • Demonstrate how they will work together as equal stakeholders with different roles to manage future growth in Hertfordshire. 

Why is this so important?

This marks a significant shift in how the county manages growth. For the first time, all 10 district and borough councils, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership have overcome political and geographical boundaries to make collaboration happen and accelerate our recovery from the substantial impact of COVID-19 on our people, places and future prosperity. With its focus on skills, infrastructure, technology and accelerating housing delivery, it is united with one common purpose to grow Hertfordshire out of this crisis. 

What is the scale of the growth challenge?

Hertfordshire’s population is expected to rise by 38,550 by 2043, with at least 100,000 new homes and 100,000 new jobs to be created over the same period. This growth will place further demand on our schools, health and social care, our already congested road and rail networks and our green belt.  In addition, Hertfordshire must respond to growth pressures from areas outside its boundaries including London and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Delivering the necessary infrastructure to support that growth from now to 2031 is estimated to cost at least £5.70 billion. 

What are Hertfordshire Growth Board’s missions?

Hertfordshire is a thriving, ambitious and forward-thinking county. These qualities underpin our shared Vision for making our economy, communities and places even stronger. We have identified six countywide missions that will help us deliver the widest benefits for our communities:

World Class Economy, Digital Access For All, Transport For Hertfordshire, Sustainable County, Healthy and Safe Places for All and Right Homes Right Places.

Read more about our Vision and Missions.

How does Hertfordshire Growth Board engage with Government?

Hertfordshire Growth Board’s signing of its Memorandum of Understanding signals its joint commitment to working together and speaking with one voice to Government to achieve its ambition to continually improve life for everyone. Hertfordshire Growth Board is working with the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to jointly develop its plans so that they fully realise their economic, social and environmental potential. 

What is the Hertfordshire proposition?

Hertfordshire is a net contributor to the UK economy, and good growth is key to ensuring that Hertfordshire Growth Board partners continue to build on that while locally providing good quality jobs, skills, and opportunities for all Hertfordshire residents.  Hertfordshire’s location between London and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and its unique ‘offer’ make the partners perfectly placed to work with government and co-create ideas and solutions to meet the challenges and maintain the momentum and growth of UK plc that benefits all of Hertfordshire. However, in parts of Hertfordshire our productivity is falling behind the national average, and without change, we risk not being able to deliver on local and national economic objectives. Our Memorandum of Understanding builds on a history of successful partnership to achieve our collective aims and values of shared progress, responsible growth and active stewardship.

How are decisions made?

The Hertfordshire Growth Board meets six times a year. Growth Board papers and minutes since June 2020 are published on the website and its Governance arrangements can be viewed in its Integrated Governance Framework.