Councillor Robert Gould was elected to Dorset County Council in 2009 to represent the town of Sherborne. In 2010 he became cabinet member for the Environment and following the elections in 2013 was appointed Deputy Leader. In this position he took a lead role in the transformation programme for the council, which has required the annual budget to be reduced by £60m. He was elected Leader in 2014. He has also served as a member of West Dorset District Council since 2003 and was Leader of that authority from 2004 to 2015.
Robert was born and educated in Sherborne and at Imperial College, London. Outside politics his career has included spells in industry, estate agency and the family farm. He has always been actively involved in the local community including a number of charities and his local church.
Robert is keen to work with the LEP to maximise the benefits for Dorset’s economy, to work with government to take advantage of future devolution of powers and to maximise investment in our infrastructure.