Councillor Jim Harker O.B.E.

Councillor Jim Harker O.B.E.
03 May 1979
03 May 1979
Leader's Office
Northamptonshire County Council
County Hall
01604 366982

Jim Harker was the Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council from 2016 to 2017, having held the post of Leader from 2005 to 2016. He was first elected as a Conservative County Councillor in 1979. He was Deputy Leader from 1989-1993 and Leader of the Opposition from 1993-2005, during which time he held various positions on the County Council, including Chairman of Planning & Transportation and Chairman of Finance.  

An influential figure in the Local Government Association, having served for five years as Vice Chairman of the Economy & Transport Board, Councillor Harker was appointed onto the LGA Enviornment & Housing Board and the HCA Rural Housing Advisory Board. He is also on the Local Government Group Councillors’ Forum. He has recently retired as a Board member of EMDA, where he chaired the Joint Regional Spatial Strategy and Regional Economy Strategy Executive Board.

The founder and  Vice Chairman of the county’s economic development company, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, he is a current Board Member of several dynamic and successful Northamptonshire bodies, including  Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, West Northants Development Corporation and Silverstone Holdings Limited.  He sits on the East Midlands Councils Executive Board and was a member of the East Midlands Regional Development Agency and Northamptonshire Police Authority until their demise. He is a current member of the Royal and Derngate Theatres Trust.

As well as championing the economic development of Northamptonshire, he is also passionate about its heritage and the part this plays in its prosperity and cultural agenda. He is Chairman of the Chester Farm & Roman Town Development Board, and has recently been awarded a Heritage Angel accolade by English Heritage for this work.

Jim Harker was educated at Kettering Grammar School, and qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. He was, for twenty years, senior partner of a large Midlands practice of architects and surveyors, Gotch, Saunders & Surridge. Jim Harker lives in Geddington with his wife Jenny and together they have five children and nine grandchildren. Jim enjoys walking, reading, theatre, local history, culture and travel.

Jim was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2012 for services to the civic society and economy of Northamptonshire.

Election History

Thu 3 May 1979 Fri 5 May 2017 Retired

Party Representation History

PartyRepresentation FromRepresentation To
ConservativeTue 10 May 2005 Fri 5 May 2017

Ward Representation History

WardRepresentation FromRepresentation To
Kettering RuralTue 10 May 2005 Thu 2 May 2013
ISEFri 3 May 2013 Fri 5 May 2017

Current Committee Memberships

Not a current member of any Committee.

Past Committee Memberships

CommitteeRoleJoining DateLeaving Date
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Council Member14 May 201005 May 2017
Cabinet Member Decisions Member14 May 201005 May 2017
Cabinet Chair14 May 201012 May 2016
Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board Voluntary Sector Representative01 June 201231 March 2016
Council Member06 June 200913 May 2010

Current Outside Body Appointments

Not a current member of any Outside Body.

Past Outside Body Appointments

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East Midlands Councils 23 June 2005 05 May 2017
Kettering Rural Forum 23 June 2005 05 May 2017
Northamptonshire Councils’ Association 23 June 2005 05 May 2017
East Kettering Liaison Forum 13 May 2010 05 May 2017
North Northamptonshire Development Company 13 May 2010 05 May 2017

Personal Register of Interests

Date of NoticeReceipt by Monitoring Officer 
10 May 200710 May 2007 View
01 July 200901 July 2009 View
15 July 200915 July 2009 View
22 July 201022 July 2010 View
05 January 201105 January 2011 View
10 May 201110 May 2011 View
06 June 201106 June 2011 View
23 August 201223 August 2012 View
29 May 201329 May 2013 View
30 May 201330 May 2013 View

Meeting Declarations

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Sun, 6 Jul 2014Silverstone CircuitsTwo tickets to British Grand Prix£300
Sun, 5 Jul 2015SilverstoneBritish Grand Prix ticket and hospitality 
Fri, 11 Sep 2015NEP/NCCHeritage seminar and dinner 
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 Food and Drink Awards 
Thu, 5 Nov 2015Boughton EstatesFireworks display 
Fri, 27 Nov 2015Northampton SaintsMatch and hospitality 
Mon, 8 Feb 2016Prince's Trust40th Anniversary celebration event 
Fri, 12 Feb 2016Northampton UniversitySeminar and dinner 
Wed, 9 Mar 2016Dr Ahmed MuktarHigh Sheriff's Dinner 
Fri, 11 Mar 2016Cllr Phil LarrattChairman's Civic Dinner 
Fri, 20 May 2016CPRECharity Ball 
Wed, 6 Jul 2016LGA ConferenceConservative Group dinner 
Sun, 10 Jul 2016BRDCGrand Prix ticket 
Wed, 20 Jul 2016Northampton UniversityGraduation dinner