Follow the Leader


David Finch 

David Finch - 

Leader of Essex County Council


About this blog

In this blog, I intend to provide an insight into a little of what I and the rest of my colleagues in County Hall do; how we are trying to make Essex a better place to live and work, how we are trying to improve the services we offer to you and how we are attempting to promote Essex locally, nationally and internationally.

Hopefully these pages will become a forum for discussion and debate around many of the issues and challenges facing our county, so I would like to encourage you to share with me your comments and opinions. For my part I will try to keep my posts interesting and informative and I will be paying attention to what is posted.

About David

David Finch became leader of Essex County Council in May 2013.

During his time with Essex County Council David has held a number of positions including cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, finance and the transformation programme. He was deputy leader between 2010 and 2013.

As cabinet member for finance and transformation, David oversaw the delivery of more than £365million of savings by personally selecting the most appropriate projects and approving business cases that will produce the efficiencies required, drawing on his significant business experience in a wide range of industries, and contributing significantly to the philosophy and vision for Essex to become a commissioning organisation.

In February 2012 David was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Finance Performance’ award at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) Councillor Achievement Awards 2012.

Before being elected as a councillor, David worked for a multi-national corporation as commercial director. He was responsible for the supply chain to 40 countries around the world.

He retired and entered local politics having been a member of the Conservative Party for more than 40 years. In 1995 he became a Braintree district councillor. In 2001, he stood for Essex County Council and was elected to represent the Hedingham division.

He is married to Susan and they have a daughter. They live in Borley.

Born in Yorkshire but brought up in the Braintree area, David is extremely proud to lead Essex County Council.