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Councillor Graham Butland

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Councillor  Graham Butland
04 May 2023
First Elected
05 May 2011
Great Notley & Black Notley
C/O Braintree District Council Offices
Causeway House
Bocking End
Mobile Telephone No:
07768 357571

Councillor Butland is Leader of the Council and Chairman of Cabinet. Details of Councillor Butland's portfolio and Deputy Cabinet Member can be found here


Job Title:
Leader of the Council

Election History

Thu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015 Re-elected
Thu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019 Retirement and re-elected
Thu 9 May 2019 Wed 3 May 2023 Retirement and re-elected May 2023 Local Elections
Thu 4 May 2023  

Party Representation History

ConservativeFri 1 Nov 2013

Ward Representation History

Great Notley & Black NotleyThu 5 May 2011 Wed 6 May 2015
Great Notley & Black NotleyThu 7 May 2015 Mon 6 May 2019
Great Notley & Black NotleyThu 9 May 2019 Wed 3 May 2023
Great Notley & Black NotleyThu 4 May 2023

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring OfficerView
There are no register of interest records for this member.

Meeting Declarations

Committee NameMeeting DateNatureView
There are no meeting declarations for this member.
Thu, 9 May 2024Strategic Management and Strategic Risk Register 
Wed, 27 Mar 2024Operations/Waste Changes and Climate Change 
Wed, 7 Feb 2024Health and Wellbeing 
Wed, 31 Jan 2024Corporate Scrutiny Committee (Budget update) 
Tue, 16 Jan 2024Community Safety and PFCC  
Wed, 13 Dec 2023Cost of Living 
Wed, 22 Nov 2023Corporate Scrutiny Committee 
Thu, 9 Nov 2023Finance Seminar 
Wed, 1 Nov 2023Devolution 
Wed, 18 Oct 2023Corporate Strategy 
Wed, 16 Aug 2023Levelling Up 
Mon, 22 May 2023Effective Ward Councillor  
Tue, 28 Feb 2023Housing Strategy 
Thu, 9 Feb 2023Planning (including enforcement) 
Wed, 26 Oct 2022Cost of Living 
Tue, 19 Jul 2022Levelling Up 
Thu, 16 Jun 2022Police and Crime Commissioner 
Tue, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Tue, 14 May 2019Introduction to Council Services 
Tue, 14 May 2019Introduction to Council Services 
Thu, 9 May 2019Member Induction Day - Overview of the Council including Role of Councillor and Code of Conduct  
Thu, 26 Jul 2018Member Development - Planning EnforcmentSession outline: Guide to Planning Enforcement including: Outline of powers and enforcement tools, breaches of planning controls, permitted development, allegations which are not planning breaches, outline of powers for untidy land, unlawful adverts, protected trees and listed buildings.
Thu, 24 May 2018Member Development - Health and wellbeing Session Outline: Be Well Strategy, Disabled Facilities Grants, Home First initiative, mental health provision
Mon, 16 Apr 2018Member Development - Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner/Community Safety Hubs Session Outline: • To provide an overview of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and CrimeCommissioner. • To provide an overview of the Braintree DistrictCommunity Safety Partnership Strategic Assessment 2017/18. • To provide an overview of the Braintree Community Safety Hub Session Outcomes: • Have an improved awareness of the work of the Office of the Police, Fire and CrimeCommissioner. • Understand the benefits & importance of partnership working within the Community Safety Hubs.
Thu, 8 Feb 2018Member Development - Stansted AirportSession outline: To provide a background briefing on London Stansted Airport and its role in the East of England economy. • To provide an outline of the planning application to Uttlesford District Council on passenger numbers. • To provide a background briefing on the education, skills and employment role of the airport. Session Outcomes: • Understand the growth of the airport and the effects of this on the broader region. • Understand the airport’s planning application.
Wed, 31 Jan 2018Member Development - Council Budget for 2018-19 Scrutiny of the Council Budget for 2018-19 Update To receive a presentation from the Cabinet on the updated Council Budget for 2018-19.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017Member Development EveningInvestment Programme
Wed, 26 Jul 2017Member Development  
Wed, 28 Jun 2017Member Development 
Tue, 7 Mar 2017Member Development 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017Member Development 
Mon, 5 Dec 2016Member Development 
Thu, 3 Nov 2016Member Development 
Thu, 15 Sep 2016Member Development 
Thu, 8 Sep 2016Member Development 
Tue, 26 Jul 2016Member Development 
Wed, 29 Jun 2016Member Development  
Thu, 28 Apr 2016Member Development  
Tue, 30 Jun 2015Public Health Development Training 
Tue, 2 Jun 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 21 May 2015Member Induction 
Tue, 19 May 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 14 May 2015Member Induction 
Wed, 13 May 2015Member Induction 
There are no hospitality and gift records for this member.

Councillors’ Community Grant

This Grant Scheme operates from 1st September 2016 and provides all 49 Ward Councillors with funds to support Organisations and Groups to develop and deliver community projects and initiatives that benefit local residents.

Councillors are obliged to consider the Member Code of Conduct when making grant decisions.  To aid transparency the details of each grant are published below.  

Grants made by Councillor Graham Butland:


Organisation: Black Notley Community Association Table Tennis Club

Project: Equipment Replacement

Overall cost of project: £1,600

Grant awarded: £500

Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Tom Cunningham and Frankie Ricci

Date: 2nd October 2017

Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Project: Electronic Score Board
Overall cost of project: £944
Grant awarded: £100
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, John Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Vanessa Santomauro and Andrew Hensman
Date: 8th January 2018

Organisation: Crossroads Braintree and Chelmsford
Project: Early Intervention
Overall cost of project: £17000
Grant awarded: £968
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Frankie Ricci and Tom Cunningham
Date:5th February 2018


Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre 
Project: Community Fun Day
Overall cost of project: £3000
Grant awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Mrs M Cunningham, John Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Mrs Lyn Walters, Frankie Ricci and John McKee
Date: 24th May 2018

Organisation: Daws Hall Trust 
Charity Registration Number: 1157570
Project: Daws Hall Trust Projects 
Overall cost of Project: £28,500
Grant Awarded: £1170
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Tom Cunningham, Malcolm Dunn, Tony Everard, David Mann, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Wendy Schmitt and Mrs Lyn Walters
Date: 24th March 2019
Financial Year: 2018/19


Organisation: Community Iron
Charity Registration Number: 1162930
Project: Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer
Overall cost of Project: £2232 (Requested £2232)
Grant Awarded: £250
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Miss Vanessa Santomauro, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Kevin Bowers, Mrs Lyn Walters, Peter Tattersley, John McKee and Andrew Hensman
Date: 4th June 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20

Organisation: Baby Stuff
Project: New Shed, Base, Hilti Fixings
Overall cost of Project: £1,250
Grant Awarded: £150.00
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Frankie Ricci, Dean Wallace and Mrs Lyn Walters)
Date: 3rd December 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20


Organisation: Braintree & Bocking Community Association
Project: IT Installation
Overall cost of Project: £2,870
Grant Awarded: £2,600
Joint Grant: Yes (Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, Justin Wrench, Paul Euesden and Stevie Hicks)
Date: 13th November 2020
Financial Year: 2020/21


Organisation: Braintree District Museum Trust
Registered Charity No.: 1110447 and 05408088
Project: Exhibition 'Space Fact & Fiction'
Overall cost of project: £7,500
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Baugh, Kevin Bowers, Mary Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Andrew Hensman, John McKee, Ian Pritchard, Wendy Schmitt, Peter Tattersley, Dean Wallace, Lyn Walters and Justin Wrench
Date: 26th May 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Black Notley Table Tennis Club
Registered Charity No.: N/A
Project: Surrounds for table tennis hall 
Overall cost of project: £600
Grant awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Tom Cunningham and Frankie Ricci
Date: 10th June 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Registered Charity No.: N/A
Project: Improvements to sports facilities 
Overall cost of project: £10,654.68
Grant awarded: £250
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Kevin Bowers, Mrs Mary Cunningham, David Mann, John McKee, Ian Pritchard, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Wendy Schmitt, Dean Wallace and Justin Wrench
Date: 22nd July 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Braintree (aka Braintree District Walkabout)
Registered Charity No.: N/A
Project: RWW Braintree First Aid Provision 
Overall cost of project: £521
Grant awarded: £173
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Tom Cunningham and Frankie Ricci
Date: 10th November 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Great Notley Parish Council
Registered Charity No.: N/A
Project: Great Notley tree planting project 
Overall cost of project: £594
Grant awarded: £198
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Tom Cunningham and Frankie Ricci
Date: 14th November 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Cornerstone Church
Registered Charity No.: 1120051
Project: Cornerstone warm space and pantry 
Overall cost of project: £600
Grant awarded: £300
Joint Grant: No
Date: 23rd January 2023
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Braintree Bullets BMX Racing Club
Registered Charity No.: N/A
Project: Supply and install community accessed debribilator
Overall cost of project: £2849
Grant awarded: £350
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillor Everard
Date: 7th February 2023
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre
Charity Registration Number: 1086210
Project: Youth Presentation Ceremony
Overall cost of Project: £4000
Grant Awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Korsinah and Rehman
Date: 3rd January 2023
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Community360
Registered Charity No.: 1092567
Project: Cost of Living 
Overall cost of project: £11,334
Grant awarded: £579
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Kevin Bowers, James Coleridge, Tom Cunningham, Patrick Horner, Andy Munday, Bill Rose, Wendy Schmitt, Peter Tattersley, Richard van Dulken and Justin Wrench
Date: 15th March 2023
Financial Year: 2022/23

Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre 
Charity Registration Number: 
Family Fun Day 2023
Overall cost of Project: 
Grant Awarded: 
Joint Grant: 
Yes (Cllr Ayten, Cllr M Cunningham, Cllr T Cunningham, Cllr Diamond, Cllr Green, Cllr Jefferis, Cllr Mason, Cllr Ricci and Cllr Wrench)
30th June 2023 
Financial Year: 

Organisation: Friends of Bradford Street
Charity Registration Number: N/A
Project: Blue Plaques
Overall cost of Project: £2350
Grant Awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes (with Councillors J Baugh, K Bowers, L Bowers-Flint, M Cunningham, T Cunningham, J Edwards, L Jefferis, G Prime, F Ricci, M Thorogood, L Walters
Date: 2nd August 2023
Financial Year: 2023/24

Organisation: Baby Stuff Braintree
Charity Registration Number: N/A
Project: Winter Warmers 2023
Overall cost of Project: £4000
Grant Awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes (with Councillors M Cunningham, T Cunningham, J Edwards, G Prime, F Ricci, R van Dulken, L Walters
Date: 6th November 2023
Financial Year: 2023/24

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Member and Leader of Braintree District Council, Member of Essex County Council, Member of Great Notley Parish Council, Trustee of Rural Community Council for Essex and Trustee of Fitch & Mott's Educational Foundation.

Spouse: None

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Contribution to election expenses made by Braintree Constituency Conservative Association

Spouse: None

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor: Contract with Braintree District Council for the collection of Garden Waste wef 1st March 2024.

Spouse: None

4. Land/Property

Councillor/Spouse: 25 Highclere Road, Gt. Notley, Braintree, Essex, CM77 7WX

5. Property Licences

Councillor/Spouse: None

6. Tenancies with Braintree District Council

Councillor/Spouse: None

7. Securities

Councillor/Spouse: None

Other Pecuniary Interest

8. Employment  


9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council


Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Appointed by Braintree District Council: East of England Local Government Association (LGA) and North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP);


Appointed by Essex County Council: Great Notley Country Park JVC, Rural Community Council for Essex (Trustee) and Fitch's & Mott's Educational Foundation (Trustee).


Chairman of the Essex Leaders and Chief Executive Committee.


Member of Great Notley Parish Council, The Conservative & Unionist Party, The Automobile Association, English Heritage and Transport East representing Essex second tier authorities.



11. Gifts and Hospitality with as estimated value of at least £50



Updated: 13th December 2023

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances17 
Present as expected1588%
Apologies received2100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)3 

Attendance Details