LGA Chief Executive Mark Lloyd awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours

Local Government Association Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd, has been awarded a CBE for services to local government and charity in the 2022 New Year’s Honours. 

LGA Chief Executive Mark Lloyd

Local Government Association Chief Executive, Mark Lloyd, has been awarded a CBE for services to local government and charity in the 2022 New Year’s Honours. 

Beginning his local government career in 2000, Mark joined Durham County Council to lead on economic development, becoming the Council’s Chief Executive in 2005. In 2008, he moved to Cambridgeshire County Council as Chief Executive. 

In 2015, he was appointed to a national role as Chief Executive of the LGA representing and supporting councils across the country. Since then, Mark has worked with the LGA’s political leadership and member councils to continuously help public services improve across adult and children’s services, public health, transport, waste and recycling, protecting the environment, housing and planning, job creation, business support and much more.  

Mark has also been instrumental in supporting councils throughout the COVID-19 pandemic ensuring they have all the powers and resources needed to protect and support communities and businesses and to support the vaccination roll out.   

Mr Lloyd CBE said: 

“I am really pleased and extremely humbled to receive this award. I work with amazing people at the LGA and across the whole of local government. Together we are doing everything we possibly can to change people’s live for the better. 

I am truly grateful to all my colleagues, my family and my friends who support me to make the contribution I do and enjoy so much. 

“I am inspired every day by the tireless work of councillors and council staff to do the best for their communities up and down the country. Many congratulations to all of those in local government recognised in these New Year’s Honours.” 

LGA Chairman, Cllr James Jamieson OBE, said: 

“Mark is a fabulous advocate for local government. He provides unwavering support for councils across the country and represents local government brilliantly in every negotiation with central government and other partners. I’m delighted to see his enormous contribution recognised.” 



  • Mark grew up in Gobowen, Shropshire and was educated at Gobowen Primary School, the former Rhyn Park Comprehensive followed by the former Oswestry Technical College. A keen sports person, he played football for Chirk Bank, Oswestry Boys’ Club and rugby for Oswestry Rugby Club.  Mark now coaches the Under 9’s players at Cambridge Rugby Club. 
  • The son of former Oswestry Borough Council Leader and Shropshire Councillor David Lloyd MBE and Joan Lloyd (both deceased), Mark has three brothers (Clive, Martin and John), who all still currently reside and work in the Oswestry area.  
  • Mark moved to Cambridgeshire in 2008 and lives in Cambridge with his wife, Shan, and his two children, Bella (10) and Henry (9).  
  • He is a former Trustee of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridgeshire and a Patron of The Whitehall and Industry Group.  
  • At the beginning of his career, Mark worked for the Department of Employment in Oswestry Unemployment Benefit Office, Wrexham, Welshpool and Newtown Jobcentres and at the Powys Training and Enterprise Council. Earning non-graduate entry into the civil service fast-stream, he worked on the Arms to Iraq Inquiry led by Lord Justice Scott (aka The ‘Supergun’ Inquiry) before taking on Director-level roles at Central England Training & Enterprise Council and at Bolton & Bury Chamber of Commerce Training and Enterprise. Mark then became Chief Executive of the County Durham Training and Enterprise Council and Business Link before joining Durham County Council. When appointed as the Council’s Chief Executive in 2005, Mark became the youngest person to hold such a role. He’s also a past-Chair of the Association of County Chief Executives. 
  • While in County Durham, Mark studied part-time at the University of Durham‘s Business School graduating as a Master in Business Administration (with Distinction).  He also sat on Durham University’s governing Council and later served as a Board Member at Anglia Ruskin University.