Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher

Christopher Akers-Belcher
Councillor Christopher Akers Belcher
  • Ward: Foggy Furze
  • Party: Socialist Labour Party
  • Position: None

Contact details

Elected until 2021


Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher Actual attendance Possible attendance
Appointments Panel 2 2
Finance & Policy Committee 8 11
Joint Finance & Policy Committee & Regeneration Services Committee    
Joint Finance & Policy Committee & Children's Services Committee    
Regeneration Services Committee 6 6
Council 5 7
Total 21 26
Number of Meetings attended as a Substitute 3


Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher became Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council following a change in Governance arrangements in May 2013 until May 2019 when he became Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council's Regeneration Services Committee.

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 Regeneration Services Committee
  • Member of Finance and Policy Committee
  • Member of Appointments Panel

Member of South and Central Community Forum


Councillor C Akers-Belcher

Outside body

Frequency of meetings


Association of North East Councils (ANEC) North East Culture Partnership Board

4 times a year


Durham Heritage Coast Partnership Steering Group



Economic Regeneration and Tourism Forum

4 times per year


  Hartlepool Power Station - Community Liaison Committee  
  Thirteen Hartlepool Delivery Board  
  Housing Partnership  
  North East Migration Partnership Member Forum  
  Northern Consortium of Housing Authorities  
  Tees Valley Combined Authority Board - Transport Committee  
  Tees Valley Combined Authority Board - Education, Employment and Skills Partnership Board  
  Tees Valley Combined Authority Board - Culture and Tourism Thematic Partnership  
  Tees Valley Combined Authority Board - The Land Commission  
  National Museum of Royal Navy Hartlepool (NMRN Hartlepool) Charitable Trust No information provided
  Tees Valley Local Access Forum (3 year term of office - ends 2020)  
  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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