Who's involved

The councils of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock and Essex County have formed the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA).

Through ASELA they are working to deliver improved prosperity and wellbeing in the region by:

  • tackling problems that members councils can’t solve individually
  • creating collective scale and impact
  • providing the place leadership to promote South Essex.

Each partner council contributes resources to the ASELA programmes and together they work to win new investment for the region from central government, the private sector and public partners.

The partnership began in June 2016 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2018. In October 2021 the seven councils agreed to form a Joint Committee.

Meetings of the ASELA Joint Committee are held in public. The Joint Committee can only make decisions that impact on any one council with that council’s agreement – no powers have been transferred from the individual councils to the Joint Committee. ASELA is a collaborative project and the Joint Committee is a forum for making partnership decisions and allocating pooled resources.

ASELA Leadership


  • Chair - Councillor Chris Hossack – Leader of Brentwood Borough Council
  • Vice-Chair - Councillor Simon Wootton – Leader of Rochford District Council
  • Councillor Andrew Baggot - Leader of Basildon Council
  • Councillor Ian Gilbert – Leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
  • Councillor Andrew Sheldon – Leader of Castle Point Borough Council
  • Councillor Kevin Bentley - Leader of Essex County Council
  • Councillor Mark Coxshall - Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Strategic Planning and External Relationships for Thurrock Council

Chief Executives

  • Scott Logan – Chief Executive, Basildon Borough Council
  • Jonathan Stephenson – Joint Chief Executive, Brentwood Borough Council and Rochford District Council
  • Andrew Grant – Interim Chief Executive, Castle Point Borough Council
  • Andrew Lewis – Interim Chief Executive, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
  • Lyn Carpenter – Chief Executive, Thurrock Council
  • Gavin Jones – Chief Executive, Essex County Council