Richard Samuel has represented Walcot ward on Bath and North East Somerset Council since April 2017. In May 2019 he became Cabinet Member for Resources and Deputy Leader of the Council.
With a career spanning 40 years in local government, Richard has worked for councils in London, Bristol and the South East; for the last 10 years of his career he was Chief Executive of Thanet Council. Richard takes a keen interest in economic and social regeneration and housing issues. He set up and chaired the Bristol Community Health community interest company and has previously been an NHS Board Director as well chair of the CAB in B&NES.
Richard is carrying out the council leader’s duties the interim until a new leader is elected at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Annual Meeting in May.