Remembering Herts county council leader Robert Gordon

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 October 2017

Robert Gordon CBE who passed away on Friday.

Robert Gordon CBE who passed away on Friday.


Tributes have been paid to Herts county council leader Robert Gordon b local MPs and the leader of St Albans council.

Cllr Gordon, who had lived with cancer for some time, died on Friday. He had been head of the county council since 2007, and a councillor since 1989, representing Nascot Park, Goffs Oak and Bury Green divisions.

Leader of St Albans district council Alec Campbell said: “It’s very sad news. I understand he was suffering from cancer.

“I am a fairly recent leader in St Albans but before I became leader he was always very happy to spend time with me and explain how things worked and solve problems, and for that I am thankful.

“He was a leader for 10 years in Hertfordshire and he’s going to be difficult to replace.”

Before becoming leader, Cllr Gordon held the portfolios of children’s services, education and resources and performance. He was a member of Watford Borough Council from 1982 to 1990, and again from 2002 to 2006. He was also the first chairman of the Hertfordshire Police Authority between 1995 and 1997, and has served as an NHS non-executive director.

Harpenden MP Bim Afolami said: “I am very sad to hear of the death of Robert Gordon.

“He was an incredibly important political figure in Hertfordshire, whose kindness and friendship will be missed by so many - as much as his advice and efforts working for the people of this county.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

St Albans MP Anne Main said: “‘I am saddened to learn of this news. Robert Gordon was a diligent leader of the council, and was always open and helpful when I dealt with him.

“Robert struck me as someone who was thoughtful, personable and kind, and always showed a real willingness to do his best for Hertfordshire.

“He will be greatly missed by colleagues, and my thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Cllr Gordon, who was born and went to school in Hertfordshire, was appointed a CBE in the 2012 Jubilee honours. He was formerly a deputy lieutenant of Hertfordshire and until summer this year was a governor of the University of Hertfordshire.

He is survived by his wife Susie and their three grown-up daughters.

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