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.

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
8
Nominated Members:
Bedford Borough Council
7
Central Bedfordshire Council
5
North Hertfordshire District Council
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
8
Nominated Members:
Buckinghamshire Council
1
Milton Keynes Council
6
Central Bedfordshire Council
5

Alconbury & Ellington Internal Drainage Board-

The Alconbury and Ellington Internal Drainage Board is constituted to have 25 members.  However, there is only one Special Levy paying Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, who does not choose to appoint their full compliment of nominees, therefore, by local agreement, the Board has decided not to fill 3 vacant seats in the elected membership.

Currently the Board’s membership comprises:

Agricultural elected members
8
Huntingdonshire District Council nominees
2

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.

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 Co-opted Member
B Chapman Elected District 2
D M Tysoe Huntingdonshire DC
E Ruston Elected District 1
H Raby Elected District 1
I Gardener Huntingdonshire DC
J Sewell Elected District 3
M Baker, MBE Co-opted Member
R Warrener Elected District 3

Bedfordshire & River Ivel

A D Brown Central Beds Council
B Huckle Elected Member
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

Buckingham & River Ouzel

A Brown Central Beds Council
A Gurney Elected Member
A P Dransfield Milton Keynes Council
B Spurr Central Beds Council
D Osborn Elected Member
D Prosser Elected Member
G Bowyer Milton Keynes Council
G Perham Central Beds Council
H J Hunt Elected Member
M Petchey Milton Keynes Council
N Hawes Elected Member
N Hawes Elected Member
N Miles Milton Keynes Council
P Bowsher Elected Member
P Hirons Elected Member
P Snelling Central Beds Council
R Exon Milton Keynes Council
R Haynes Elected Member
S Cole Aylesbury Vale DC
S Dixon Central Beds Council
V McPake Milton Keynes Council