Leader, Swindon Borough Council
Cllr David Renard has been Leader of Swindon Borough Council since 2013. Prior to that, serving under tow previous Leaders, he was Deputy Council Leader and held the cabinet portfolios of Children Services, Adult Services, Health and Housing at various times since 2004. He was first elected in 2002 as a Conservative councillor representing the Haydon Wick ward.
As Leader, David has driven the adoption of the Council's Strategic Vision with four Priorities and twenty-six Pledges and ensured Swindon joined England's Economic Heartland following the founding of the Fast Growth Cities network.
He is an active member of the Local Government Association sitting on the EEHT, Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board and the LGPS (Local Government Pension Scheme) committee. He is also a member of the Peer Review team assessing the performance of other councils, a peer mentor, a Board Member of the "think tank" Localis, Vice Chair of the South East Strategic Leaders' Group and Vice Chair and founding member of the Unitary Councils Network. He is also a Board member of the Joint Venture with Barrett David Wilson Homes, developing up to 3,500 homes on Wichelstowe.
Before entering politics, David worked in the travel and tourism industry, training and development, was a Chief Examiner, a print buyer and college lecturer.