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Councillor Tom Cunningham

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Councillor  Tom Cunningham
09 May 2019
First Elected
05 May 2011
Great Notley & Black Notley
35 Malyon Close
Telephone No:
Mobile Telephone No:
07891 537669

Tom Cunningham was elected to Braintree District Council in 2011 and since 2015 has represented Great Notley and Black Notley.  Tom is also a member of Great Notley Parish Council.


Tom was made a Deputy Cabinet Member in December 2014 and has served as Cabinet Member for Economic Development since May 2015 with added responsibility for Infrastructure since May 2019. Tom became Deputy Leader of Braintree District Council in May 2019 and in addition currently serves as the Chairman of the Braintree District Youth Strategy Group and Chair of the Braintree District Education and Skills Board.  Tom also serves as the Council’s representative on the Haven Gateway Partnership and the North Essex Economic Strategy. 

Electoral Ward Profile

Member Allowances and Expenses

Updated: 10th May 2019

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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

Black Notley and TerlingThu 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

Current Outside Body Appointments

Past Outside Body Appointments

Personal Register of Interests

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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, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Tue, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Tue, 4 Jun 2019Introduction to The Local Plan and Economic Development 
Thu, 30 May 2019Introduction to Environmental Services and Enforcement, and Housing and Community Services 
Tue, 28 May 2019Introduction to Local Government Finance and Strategic Investments 
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  
Mon, 28 Jan 2019PFCC 
Wed, 21 Nov 2018Scrutiny of the Priorities for 2019/20 and Initial Budget Position 
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.
Mon, 16 Apr 2018Member Development - Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner/Community Safety HubsSession 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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017Overview and Scrutiny 
Tue, 21 Nov 2017Planning Training 
Thu, 7 Sep 2017Benefits and Welfare 
Wed, 26 Jul 2017Member Development 
Wed, 28 Jun 2017Member Development 
Tue, 7 Mar 2017Member Development 
Wed, 1 Feb 2017Member Development 
Thu, 3 Nov 2016Member Development 
Thu, 15 Sep 2016Member Development 
Thu, 8 Sep 2016Member Development 
Wed, 29 Jun 2016Member Development  
Wed, 16 Dec 2015Speed Reading 
Mon, 10 Aug 2015Working with the media 
Thu, 16 Jul 2015Managing Difficult Situations 
Thu, 4 Jun 2015Specialised Training for the Local Plan Sub-Committee and Planing Committee 
Tue, 2 Jun 2015Member Induction 
Tue, 26 May 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 21 May 2015Member Induction 
Tue, 19 May 2015Member Induction 
Thu, 14 May 2015Member Induction 
Wed, 13 May 2015Member Induction 
Wed, 5 Dec 2012Member Development 
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 Tom Cunningham:


Organisation: Black Notley Community Association Table Tennis Club

Project: Equipment Replacement

Overall cost of project: £1,600

Grant awarded: £500

Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Graham Butland and Frankie Ricci

Date: 2nd October 2017


Organisation: Braintree Basketball Club
Project: Electronic Score Board
Overall cost of project: £944
Grant awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes- Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, John Cunningham, Graham Butland, Vanessa Santomauro and Andrew Hensman
Date: 11th January 2018


 Organisation: Crossroads Braintree and Chelmsford
Project: Early Intervention
Overall cost of project: £17000
Grant awarded: £966
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Frankie Ricci and Graham Butland
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, Graham Butland, John Cunningham, Mrs Lyn Walters, Frankie Ricci and John McKee
Date: 24th May 2018


Organisation: Hearing Help Essex Ltd
Project:Hearing Aid Support Service
Overall cost of project: £12,320 (requesting £2353.)
Grant awarded: £250.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Cunningham, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Frankie Ricci, Peter Tattersley, Phil Barlow, Mrs Lyn Walters, Miss Vanessa Santomauro and Peter Schwier.
Date: 28th January 2019


Organisation: Daws Hall Trust
Charity Registration Number:
Daws Hall Projects
Overall cost of Project:
Grant Awarded:
Joint Grant:
Yes - Councillors Graham Butland, Malcolm Dunn, Tony Everard, David Mann, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Wendy Schmitt and Mrs Lyn Walters)
25th March 2019
Financial Year:


Organisation: Community Iron
Charity Registration Number: 1162930
Project: Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer
Overall cost of Project: £2232 (Requested £2232)
Grant Awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Miss Vanessa Santomauro, Graham Butland, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Kevin Bowers, Mrs Lyn Walters, Peter Tattersley, John McKee and Andrew Hensman
Date: 7th June 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20


Organisation: Baby Stuff
Project: New Shed, Base, Hilti Fixings
Overall cost of Project: £1,250
Grant Awarded: £350.00
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Graham Butland, Mrs Mary Cunningham, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Lyn Walters and Dean Wallace
Date: 4th December 2019
Financial Year: 2019/20


Organisation: Braintree District Museum Trust
Registered Charity No.: 1110447 and 05408088
Project: Exhibition 'Space Fact & Fiction'
Overall cost of project: £7,500
Grant awarded: £200
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors John Baugh, Kevin Bowers, Graham Butland, Mary 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: Wilderness Foundation UK
Registered Charity No.: 1118493 
Project: Wilderness nature therapy 
Overall cost of project: £60,000 per year
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Mary Cunningham, Kevin Bowers and Frankie Ricci
Date: 29th November 2021
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Braintree District Cultural Education Partnership
Registered Charity No.: n/a
Project: BDCEP Care Home Project
Overall cost of project: £2,500
Grant awarded: £750
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Frankie Ricci, Paul Euesden, Saif Rehman, John Baugh
Date: 8th February 2022
Financial Year: 2021/22

Organisation: Al Falah Braintree Islamic Centre
Registered Charity No.: 1086210
Project: Community Fun Day
Overall cost of project: £3,900
Grant awarded: £500
Joint Grant: Yes - Councillors Mrs Mary Cunningham, John McKee, Saif Rehman, Frankie Ricci, Mrs Wendy Schmitt, Dean Wallace and Mrs Lyn Walters
Date: 1st June 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

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 Graham Butland and Frankie Ricci
Date: 10th June 2022
Financial Year: 2022/23

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

1. Employment, office, trade, profession or vocation

Councillor: Office for Will Quince MP - Constituent Communications Manager, Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd, Consultant Self Employed Conservative Agent and Campaign Manager, Parish Councillor (Great Notley Parish Council) and Essex County Councillor for the Electoral Division of Braintree Town.

Spouse: N/A.

2. Financial Support

Councillor: Election expenses met by Braintree Constituency Conservative Association.

Spouse: N/A.

3. Contracts with Braintree District Council

Councillor: Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd carry out highway weed control in the Braintree District for Essex County Council (Essex Highways).

Spouse: N/A.  

4. Land/Property

Councillor:35 Malyon Close, Braintree, Essex, CM7 2QZ

Spouse: N/A.

5. Property Licences

Councillor: None. 

Spouse: N/A.

6. Tenancies with Braintree District Council

Councillor: None.

Spouse: N/A.

7. Securities

Councillor: None.

Spouse: N/A.

Other Pecuniary Interest

8. Employment

Office for Will Quince MP - Constituent Communications Manager, Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd and Consultant Self Employed Conservative Agent and Campaign Manager.

9. Discharged Contracts with Braintree District Council

Wrights Farm Contracts Ltd provides highway weed control services for Essex County Council (Essex Highways) in the Braintree District.

Registerable Non-Pecuniary interests

10. Relevant Memberships

Great Notley Parish Council, Essex County Council and a Member of the Braintree Constituency Conservative Association.

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

7th December 2020 - Gift received from attending the opening of Gridserve Electric Forecourt with an estimated value of £30.00.  Gift comprised of Gridserve Bag contain the following items: Bag for life with a keep calm message from Booths, Coffee from Booths, Chocolate mints from Booths, A pink tea towel from Booths, An AA bag, An AA van stress reliever, An AA pen and Black Note book


Updated: 15th July 2021

Member Attendance

Attendance Summary

Expected attendances20 
Present as expected1995%
Apologies received1100% of absences
In attendance (as a visitor)2 

Attendance Details