Bob Lanzer

Bob Lanzer studied Chemistry at the University of Leicester where he developed his interest in politics and was a member of the Union Council.  Since then Bob has predominantly worked in information technology and has considerable experience in project management. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

Bob has lived in Crawley since 1985 and was first elected to West Sussex County Council in 2010, and has held a number of roles including Cabinet Adviser for Rail, Chairman of the Treasury Management Panel and Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance.  He was appointed as the Cabinet Member for Corporate Relations in November 2013 followed by a move to the Highways and Transport/Infrastructure role in October 2016.  From August 2018, Bob has returned to the Corporate Relations remit which was renamed as Economy and Corporate Resources in October 2019 to include corporate transformation and communications.  He chairs the Arun Valley Line Group of the Sussex Community Rail Partnership and is Vice-Chairman of that body.

Bob has also been a member of Crawley Borough Council for many years since first being elected in 1988, and is the longest-serving Conservative councillor.  He has been either Leader or Deputy Leader of the Opposition for 14 years.  Over this period to 2006, Bob served on most council committees, chaired a number of scrutiny reviews and represented the interests of his constituents, all while maintaining continuous full-time employments in the private sector.  Bob became the first-ever Conservative Leader of the Council in 2006 and held this position until 2013.

Bob’s interests include chess, where he holds a County Master title, fell walking, travel and photography.

Committee Membership

Cabinet Member for Economy and Corporate Resources
Crawley County Local Committee
County Council
Governance Committee~

Outside Bodies

Gatwick Greenspace Partnership
South East Employers

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See Also

Brenda Burgess

Brenda has worked as a dress designer, a part time youth worker and as a teacher in both primary and further education. Brenda has been a member of Crawley Borough Council since 2004 and is a former Mayor. Brenda is a member of local musical theatre and Scottish country dance societies and is a member of the Ifield Barn Arts Centre/Theatre. Brenda is married with two children and two young grandchildren. She is a volunteer at St Catherine’s Hospice, a member of St Richard’s Church and is a Guiding Ambassador.

Richard Burrett

Richard Burrett has been a member of the County Council since 2009, and has also been a member of Crawley Borough Council since 1992. He served as a Cabinet Member throughout the period during which Crawley Borough Council was Conservative controlled, from 2006 to 2014. Richard was appointed to the County Council’s Cabinet in December 2015, and was previously the Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee.

Richard has always had a particular interest in all matters relating to education, and served as a School Governor in Crawley for over 20 years. He has been Chair of the Governing Body at a large Primary School, and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body of a Secondary School, as well as having been a member of Sussex University’s Annual Forum since 2006. He is also a trustee of Crawley Open House and of the Gatwick Airport Community Trust, and was previously a Non-Executive Director of the former Crawley Primary Care Trust. He is a long-serving representative on South-East Employers, and has also previously served on a variety of LGA Boards and Panels concerned with local government staffing issues.

Outside of politics, Richard's interests include music, walking, and exploring the countryside.

Duncan Crow

Duncan Crow was first elected as county councillor for Tilgate and Furnace Green in 2005 and then subsequently in 2009 and 2013. Duncan is the Chairman of the Planning Committee and is a member of the West Sussex Local Access Forum that looks at access to the countryside.

Locally, he is a governor at St Andrews Primary School and represents the County Council on the Crawley Town Centre Partnership. He also represents Furnace Green on Crawley Borough Council where he is currently Leader of the Opposition.