About the Bedford Group of Drainage Boards

Board Members

The Bedfordshire & River Ivel Board and the Buckingham & River Ouzel Board meet three times a year, in February, June and November.  The Alconbury & Ellington Board meets twice a year in February and June. Every third year is an election year when a meeting of the new Board is held at the November meeting.  The Alconbury & Ellington Board hold an additional meeting in November in their election year.

In each case the non-agricultural areas contribute more than 50% of the Board’s expenditure and therefore are entitled to 50% plus 1 of the total membership.

Bedfordshire and River Ivel Internal Drainage Board-

The Bedfordshire and River Ivel Internal Drainage Board is constituted to have 25 members. Currently the Board’s membership comprises:

Agricultural elected members (entitled to 12)
7
Nominated Members:
Bedford Borough Council (entitled to 7)
7
Central Bedfordshire Council (entitled to 5)
5
North Hertfordshire District Council (entitled to 1)
1

Buckingham and River Ouzel Internal Drainage Board

The Buckingham and River Ouzel Internal Drainage Board is constituted to have 25 members. Currently the Board’s membership comprises:

Agricultural elected members (entitled to 12)
6
Co-opted Members
1
Nominated Members:
Buckinghamshire Council (entitled to 1)
1
Central Bedfordshire Council (entitled to 6)
5
Milton Keynes Council (entitled to 6) 6

Alconbury & Ellington Internal Drainage Board

The Alconbury and Ellington Internal Drainage Board is constituted to have 25 members.

Agricultural elected members (entitled to 12)
8
Huntingdonshire District Council nominees (entitled to 13)
2

The number of elected members of the Drainage Board is twelve, being 4 members for each of the Electoral Districts numbered 1, 2 and 3.

Joint Management Committee

The Joint Management Committee (JMC) is a standing committee which oversees the day-to-day management of the Bedford Group of IDBs including:

  • Financial supervision, reviewing accounts and balances, monitoring budgets, financial transactions and sanction the transfer of funds from the individual Boards’
  • Administrative procedures.
  • Discussion of relevant business which may arise from time to time, such as long- term commitments to partnership projects and to further and protect the interest of the Boards in the Bedford Group.

The Boards have agreed that the JMC is empowered to resolve and agree all matters of administration, personnel, plant, and office accommodation and equipment.

Current Board Members

Below are details of our current Board members.

The term for appointed members is determined by each district council.

Alconbury & Ellington

A Lensen Elected District 3
B Chapman Elected District 2
B Lumbers Elected Member
D M Tysoe Huntingdonshire DC
E Ruston Elected District 1
G Warrener Elected District 3
H Raby Elected District 1
I Gardener Huntingdonshire DC
J Sewell Elected District 3
K Baker Elected District 3
M Baker, MBE Elected District 1
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy for 11 Council Representatives Huntingdonshire District Council

Bedfordshire & River Ivel

A D Brown Central Beds Council
B Spurr Central Beds Council
C McHugh Bedford Borough Council
D Hodgson Bedford Borough Council
D McMurdo Bedford Borough Council
F Firth Central Beds Council
G Coombes Bedford Borough Council
J M Ream Elected Member
J R Davison Elected Member
J Russell Elected Member
J Sampson Bedford Borough Council
J Scott Elected Member
M Nawaz Bedford Borough Council
M Robins Elected Member
M Towler Bedford Borough Council
R Morris Central Beds Council
S Dixon Central Beds Council
S Jarvis North Herts District Council
T Turner Elected Member
T Wootton Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member

Buckingham & River Ouzel

A Brown Central Beds Council
A Gurney Elected Member
B Spurr Central Beds Council
D Hunt Co-opted Member
D Osborn Elected Member
D Prosser Elected Member
G Bowyer Milton Keynes Council
G Perham Central Beds Council
H Mordue Buckinghamshire Council
L Townsend Milton Keynes Council
N Hawes Elected Member
N Miles Milton Keynes Council
P Bowsher Elected Member
P Hirons Co-opted Member
P Snelling Central Beds Council
R Exon Milton Keynes Council
R Haynes Elected Member
S Balazs Milton Keynes Council
S Dixon Central Beds Council
V McPake Milton Keynes Council
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Elected Member
Vacancy Central Bedfordshire Council