Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher

Christopher Akers-Belcher
Councillor Christopher Akers Belcher
  • Ward: Foggy Furze
  • Party: Socialist Labour Party
  • Position: Leader

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Elected until 2020


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The Leader carries out the following roles:


  • be the political Leader of the Council and act as the Council’s principal public spokesperson;
  • act for the benefit of all the Borough’s citizens and other interested persons and stakeholders;
  • give the overall policy direction to the Council and lead with the Chairs of the Council’s Committees and Sub-Committees, the implementation of policies, budgets and strategies approved by the Council;
  • represent the interests of the Council and its community at regional, national and international levels;
  • be the Chair of the Council’s Finance and Policy Committee;
  • provide policy direction and progress the Council’s corporate objectives with Committee Chairs, the Chief Executive and Chief Officers, the Leaders of other political groups on the Council, partners and other stakeholders;
  • maintain professional working relationships and mutual respect with Members and Officers;
  • attend and participate in such civic and ceremonial functions and duties as determined by Council.



Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher Actual attendance Possible attendance
Constitution Committee 2 2
Finance & Policy Committee 12 13
Joint Finance & Policy Committee & Regeneration Services Committee    
Corporate Parent Forum Co-opted Member 0 3
Electoral Review Working Group 2 2
Joint Finance & Policy Committee & Children's Services Committee    
Health & Wellbeing Board 3 4
Appointments Panel 8 8
Safer Hartlepool Partnership 5 6
Council 7 7
Total 40 46
Number of Meetings attended as a Substitute  



Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher became Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council following a change in Governance arrangements in May 2013. 

Christopher has over 22 years of senior Local Government experience, working in Finance, Revenues and Benefits as a Local Government Officer at a number of North East Councils. Roles were varied and included 7 years as a Counter Fraud Manager in East Durham. Christopher joined the Council as an elected member in 2009 following a by-election and became Labour Group Leader in 2012. Christopher has a proven track record of success both as an officer and elected member and he subsequently became the Equalities Officer for the National Association of Councillors in 2012. 

Personally, Christopher is very community based and has always devoted a great deal of his life to the voluntary and community sector, where he currently works on a part time basis as the HealthWatch Manager for Hartlepool. Christopher chairs his local residents association, within the ward he represents and has been instrumental in securing valuable funding that strengthens local communities, organising activities such as local Neighbourhood Fun Days, home safety events as well as projects for children and young people.

Christopher has a strong commitment to local empowerment and endeavours to be a hard working Councillor who is visible, accountable and accessible all year round. Christopher is presently working with officers on a master planning exercise to regenerate the centre and coastal area of Hartlepool with a focus on Leisure, Tourism and Retail, which should complement our Maritime Visitor experience located within Hartlepool’s Historic Quay.

Christopher has a number of roles within the Council: 

  • Chair of Finance and Policy Committee
  • Chair of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership – Community Safety
  • Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Member of the Local Enterprise Partnership


Councillor C Akers-Belcher

Outside body

Frequency of meetings


Association of North East Councils (ANEC) Leaders and Elected Mayor's Group

4 times a year


ANEC Collaborative Procurement Sub-Group (replaces NEPO appointment)

4 times per year


Economic Regeneration and Tourism Forum

4 times per year


  Thirteen Hartlepool Delivery Board  


Tees Valley Leaders and Elected Mayors' Group



Local Government Association




Safer Hartlepool Partnership

6 weekly



Tees Valley Leaders & Chief Executives' Meeting



  Tees Valley Combined Authority Board  Bi-monthly
  Tees Valley Combined Authority Board -Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership Board  


National Association of Councillors(NAC) English Region

3 times per year


NAC General Management Committee

3 times per year

  National Museum of Royal Navy Hartlepool (NMRN Hartlepool) Charitable Trust No information provided
  Preston Simpson Scholarship in Music (Term of Office 2017 - 2021)  

Ward Surgeries

Register of Interests

Declaration of Interests

HBC Dispensation - Section 33 of the Localism Act, 2011



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