John Dean is the Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. He is one of three representatives of the Hertfordshire Leaders’ Group on the Board and the District Council Representative for the A1(M) Growth Area.
John was elected to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in 1991 and represents the Brookmans Park and Little Heath ward. He has championed the cause of culture, leisure and community over a number of years, became Deputy Leader in 2003 and Leader of the Council in May 2005. As Leader of the Council, John chairs the Cabinet, the main decision making body of the Council and the Local Strategic Partnership, the Welwyn Hatfield Alliance. John was also a Hatfield Parish Councillor for six years and is a founder Trustee of the Wellfield Trust which he has served on for 25 years.
John has been in the retail business for his whole working life, managing and owning several businesses in the electronics market. He was actively involved with the Wood Green Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, ending up as its Chairman and President.
John is married to Irene and has two children and five grandchildren.