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Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE
Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE

Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE


Leader, Luton Borough Council | SEMLEP's Equality & Diversity Champion

Hazel moved to Luton in 1984 and became a Councillor for Lewsey Ward,Lutonin 1991.  She carried out a numerous roles within the Council including Chair of Leisure, Equalities, Standards Board and Area Board.  She was also an Executive Member and Deputy Leader before becoming Leader in 2007.

Hazel has over 35 years Trade Union and political experience as well as Voluntary and Community Sector involvement.  This includes the setting up of a Youth Café in Lewsey for young people at risk of offending. 

Hazel is passionate about the involvement of local people in the democratic process and was also one of the first members of the Luton All Women’s Centre. 

She is determined to provide excellent quality and accessible services for the people of Luton.

Hazel has been Chair of Luton Forum, Luton’s Local Strategic Partnership, since becoming Leader and is now Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board

Hazel has always been keen of provision of Sports and Arts and led on the Inspire Sports Village.

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