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Councillor Graham Butland

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Councillor  Graham Butland
09 May 2019
First Elected
05 May 2011
Great Notley & Black Notley
25 Highclere Road
Great Notley
CM77 7WX
Mobile Telephone No:
07768 357571

Graham was first elected to the District Council in 2003 representing Great Notley Ward.  Since 2015 he has been one of the three councillors for Great Notley & Black Notley Ward.  He is a member and former Chairman of Great Notley Parish Council.  Graham has lived on Great Notley since 1997.

Graham was elected Leader of Braintree District Council in 2004, a position he still holds.

He is also an Essex County Councillor representing Three Fields with Great Notley Division.

Graham serves on the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), Success Essex, the Essex Health & Well-being Board, the East of England Local Government Association, the Great Notley Country Park Board, and Transport East.

Graham has recently retired as the CEO of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices following a career in senior posts in HM Customs & Excise, the Department of Health and the National Health Service.

Electoral Ward Profile

Member Allowances and Expenses


Updated: 10th May 2019

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 Elected on 2nd May 2019

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

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.
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

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, Director of SELEP Ltd, Trustee of the Rural Community Council for Essex and Trustee of Fitch’s and 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/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; Great Notley Country Park Joint Venture Committee; South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership - Member; Success Essex - Board Member; District Council Network (Braintree District Council's representative); Transport East - Member and Director of SELEP Ltd .


Trustee of the Rural Community Council for Essex (Appointed by RCCE)



Great Notley Parish Council - Parish Councillor.


Member of English Heritage.

Member of The Conservative and Unionist Party.

Member of the Automobile Association.


Appointed by Essex County Council - Trustee of Fitch’s and Mott’s Educational Foundation.


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



Updated: 18th October 2021

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances22 
Present as expected1986%
Apologies received3100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)3 

Attendance Details