Councillor Ian Hudspeth is married with one daughter and lives in the village of Bladon. He used to run two hardware shops in London but gave them up to concentrate on local government work. Councillor Hudspeth relaxes by watching sport and playing golf.
Parish and district council work
Councillor Hudspeth's first taste of local government was joining Bladon Parish Council, where he acted as chairman between 1999 and 2009.
In 2002, he was elected to West Oxfordshire District Council as the ward member for Woodstock & Bladon. He was re-elected in 2004 and again in 2008. In 2003 he was promoted to the Cabinet with responsibility for health and community safety, which included implementing new licensing regulations. He stepped down from the Cabinet in 2006 but continued as chairman of the Licensing Committee and Miscellaneous Licensing Committee.
Councillor Hudspeth did not retain his seat on West Oxfordshire District Council in 2012.
At Oxfordshire County Council
Councillor Hudspeth was elected to the Woodstock division of Oxfordshire County Council in 2005. He was promoted to the Cabinet in 2007 with responsibility for transport.
After the 2009 elections he changed portfolio to 'growth and infrastructure', which covers waste management, environmental management, flooding, climate change, archaeology and strategic planning for the county. Councillor Hudspeth was not reappointed to the Cabinet in May 2011.
In April 2012 he was elected Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, replacing Councillor Keith Mitchell. As leader, Councillor Hudspeth's responsibilities cover:
- corporate and community leadership
- strategic communications
- major external partnerships
- regional issues
- economic development
- Oxford City Council liaison
- Oxford City Local Strategic Partnership.