West Berkshire Council

Council Leader to retire from Council in May

Decision comes after 21 years as district councillor

2018 - Graham Jones [Internal dimensions]

The Leader of West Berkshire Council has announced that he will step down from the role at the district council elections in May 2019.

Graham Jones has represented Lambourn ward for more than 21 years as well as twice serving as Leader of the Council. Graham will remain in post until the election but will then retire from West Berkshire Council to concentrate on his career in pharmacy and his love for travel.

First elected to the Council in 1997, Graham was also Leader of the Council from 2005 to 2012. He resumed the role again in 2017 following the tragic death of Councillor Roger Croft following a collision.  

Graham is a keen cyclist and he hopes to spend more time pursuing this hobby after he steps down from Council. In 2010 he was part of a five strong team who cycled from Newbury to Paris for charity - a ride which raised more than £3,000 for local charity Swings and Smiles. He followed this up two years later by cycling through each parish in West Berkshire in a single day - covering 135 miles for charity.

Graham will continue to be a member of the Pharmacy and Public Health forum advising Public Health England on pharmacy and public health matters.

Announcing his decision Councillor Graham Jones said:

"It is with mixed feelings that I have decided not to seek re-election in May but I am pleased to have played my part in shaping West Berkshire over the past 22 years.

"Whilst West Berkshire, like many local authorities, has faced enormous financial pressure in the wake of the central government cuts to budgets, I have always sought to do the very best that I can for my constituents and the residents of West Berkshire.  I genuinely believe that the district has a developed an even stronger identity and will continue go from strength to strength.

"I shall miss working with my Council colleagues and I particularly want to thank the staff and officers at West Berkshire Council for their support over my time as Councillor and Leader."